Archive for May, 2008

Red Hat, Suse update enterprise systems

May 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Red Hat and Novell Suse yesterday both announced updates to their enterprise Linux operating systems. Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.2, which includes virtualisation, desktop, encryption and security updates. Suse Linux released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for its Suse Linux Enterprise 10 operating system.

Microsoft to support ODF, aid OSS community

May 22nd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

Fresh from a bruising battle with the open source community over document formats, Microsoft says it is ready to support the Open Document Format in its Office suite. With the release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) in the first half of 2009, the productivity suite will include native ODF, XPS and PDF support. […]

Open source security gets thumbs up

May 21st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

The quality of open source code has improved over the last two years, according to an audit sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security, reports The Register.

South Africans don't understand OSS – Microsoft

May 21st, 2008 | 55 Comments » Tags: , ,

Despite having an open source strategy the South African government doesn’t really understand how to benefit from OSS. This is according to Microsoft director of corporate standards, Jason Matusow. Matusow, who was in South Africa on an “external outreach” trip around the time SA adopted ODF as a national standard, writes on his blog that […]

New open source DNS server Unbound

May 21st, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

A group of online experts yesterday released an open source alternative to the BIND DNS server software that the group claims boast higher performance and better security.

The Gentoo derivative that isn't

May 20th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Gentoo developer Bryan Østergaard yesterday revealed what he has been working on over the past few months: Exherbo. The only thing is, Østergaard doesn’t want you to use Exherbo, and even if you did it probably wouldn’t work.

Run Linux applications on Windows

May 20th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Mandrake Linux founder Gaël Duval is back. This time he is behind the launch of a virtual Linux desktop that runs on Windows machines. Ulteo Virtual Desktop gives Windows users access to a full selection of Linux applications on their desktop.

Obsidian becomes EnterpriseDB partner

May 19th, 2008 | No Comments »

South African service provider, Obsidian, has been selected as a premier partner for EnterpriseDB. EnterpriseDB is an enterprise-focused database based on the open source PostgreSQL. The deal means Obsidian will offer professional services and training classes on using EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus and Postgres Plus Advanced Server products.Obsidian says that training courses in Postgres Plus will […]

Firefox 3.0 release candidate flies

May 18th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

The Mozilla developers have announced a release candidate for Firefox 3.0. The release candidate includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed, the team said in its announcement. Security also gets a boost in this release as does compatibility. We’ve run Firefox RC1 for a little while now and […]

Moonlight releases developer edition

May 17th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

Miguel de Icaza yesterday announced a source code release of Moonlight 1.0, the open source world’s answer to Microsoft’s Silverlight. This release is intended for developers and contributors keen to get involved in the project. With a number of missing features still coming through this release is not ready for end-users. “This is not Moonlight […]

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