Archive for October, 2008

Torque IT adds Suse Linux training

October 27th, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

Novell appoints local training outfit as Suse Linux training partner.

Desktop data management needs re-think, says Shuttleworth

October 27th, 2008 | 5 Comments » Tags: ,

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says that the old file and folder metaphor for desktop PCs is undergoing a revolution and he wants free software to lead the way.

Five accounting apps for Linux

October 24th, 2008 | 17 Comments » Tags:

One of the most often heard complaints from users looking to migrate to Linux is that there are no good accounting applications. To be fair, there is a degree of truth in that concern. At least there was, until now.

Ubuntu Intrepid release candidate out

October 24th, 2008 | 5 Comments » Tags: , ,

Developers put final touches to Ubuntu 8.10 with encrypted directories, better 3G and hardware support. Final release due out next week.

US$10.8bn for free software?

October 23rd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

How much does it cost to develop a Linux distriubution? The Linux Foundation reckons that if Fedora 9 had to be built from scratch today it would cost US$10.8 billion. In a new whitepaper the foundation has based this on the amount of code in the operating system and the resources needed to reproduce it. The paper says that the Linux kernel itself would have cost close to US$1.5bn to develop. Check out the whitepaper for some interesting reading.

Three million OpenOffice.org 3 downloads

October 23rd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags:

More than three million copies of OpenOffice.org 3.0 were downloaded in the first week following its release.

Ubuntu explains OpenOffice.org 3.0 decision

October 23rd, 2008 | 60 Comments » Tags: , ,

Released just over a week ago OpenOffice.org 3.0 looked to be a dead cert for inclusion in Ubuntu 8.10, due out next week. The Ubuntu team has decided, however, to hold back the latest version of the office suite until the April 2009 release of Jaunty. Ubuntu’s Colin Watson explains to Tectonic why this decision was taken.

Google Chrome: It's all about the Javascript

October 23rd, 2008 | 6 Comments » Tags: ,

Google’s Chrome isn’t after Microsoft browser market. It’s after much bigger fish, argues Steve Mabbutt.

Ubuntu community man releases CC album

October 23rd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

A day ahead of Ubuntu’s planned RC release of Ubuntu 8.10, Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has announced his own latest release: A heavy metal album released under a Creative Commons licence. Denied by Reign is part of Bacon’s Severed Fifth project. Download the album and read the Ars Technica interview.

Virtaal simplifies software translation

October 22nd, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: , ,

South African localisation experts Translate.org.za have released the first version of Virtaal, a new graphical translation tool.

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