Archive for June, 2008

Kernel hackers call for open source drivers

June 23rd, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

Linux kernel developers today began to petition hardware vendors to provide open source modules and drivers. In a statement signed by more than 140 Linux kernel developers, the group said that closed-source Linux kernel modules or drivers were “detrimental to Linux users, businesses, and the greater Linux ecosystem”.

Ubuntu team readies for 8.04.1

June 23rd, 2008 | 7 Comments » Tags: , ,

With Ubuntu 8.04.1 scheduled to be released on July 3 the Ubuntu development team is putting the final touches to the popular Linux distribution. Ubuntu 8.04.1 not a new release of Ubuntu but an updated CD image so that users trying Ubuntu 8.04 for the first time only have to download the CD image and [...]

Java finally free and open software

June 23rd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

It’s been more than two years since Sun Microsystems announced plans to release Java as free software under the General Public Licence. But, finally, an open sourced Java looks to be a reality, thanks, in part, to Red Hat.

Mandriva kickstarts 2009 development

June 20th, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags:

Mandriva Linux 2009 to be released in October

Asus Eee box only does Windows

June 20th, 2008 | 2 Comments »

Asustek has released its Eee Box, the desktop version of its ultra-portable Netbook, the Eee PC. As with the Eee PC the Eee Box will be powered by Intel’s Atom processor running at 1.6GHz. But unlike the Eee PC the Box will only ship with Microsoft Windows XP Home and not Linux. The Eee Box [...]

Red Hat rolls out mini virtual machine

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

Red Hat this week announced a new virtualisation platform that can fit onto a flash drive. The new hypervisor is called oVirt and can boot on most x86 hardware.The lightweight hypervisor will allow users to run both Linux and Microsoft Windows virtual machines. IDG reports that oVirt is based on the KVM project. oVirt is [...]

Crossover 7.0 includes Office 2007 support

June 20th, 2008 | No Comments »

CodeWeavers, developer of software products that allow Mac and Linux users to run popular Windows software, has released CrossOver Mac 7.0 and CrossOver Linux 7.0. Both version of CrossOver 7.0 include support for Microsoft Office 2007, including Outlook 2007, newer versions of Quicken, and the Adobe CS and CS2 line of products, in particular Photoshop. [...]

OpenSuse 11.0 ups challenge

June 19th, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: ,

The OpenSuse development team will today release version 11.0 of its open source operating system, an OS that could well be seen as the biggest threat to Ubuntu Linux domination. Faster installations, better package management and top-notch multimedia support are just some of the things that make OpenSuse a significant release.

Download record attempt tops 8 million

June 19th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

More than 8 million copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded in a single day yesterday as the SpreadFirefox campaign attempted to set a world record for the most downloads in a 24-hour period. The campaign, built around the launch of the Firefox 3 web browser, ended at 8:15pm last night South African time.

Firefox 3 speaks Afrikaans

June 18th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

The long-awaited Firefox 3 browser has been released and is already receiving rave reviews from users around the globe. In South Africa, Firefox 3 is significant in that for the first time ever in a major release of the browser, an Afrikaans version is available for download from day one.

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