Archive for March, 2009

Buffer overflow: TomTom sues, Gnome chooses git

March 20th, 2009 | 2 Comments » Tags: ,

On the same day that it released version 2.26, the Gnome release team has announced that git will be the new version control system for Gnome.

GPS maker TomTom has responded to Microsoft’s patent suit by filing its own patent infringement suit against the software maker. TomTom says Microsoft’s Streets and Trips products infringe on four patents it owns related to vehicle navigation software.

Sun rises on talk of IBM deal. Good for Linux?

March 19th, 2009 | 4 Comments »

Beleaguered Sun Microsystems, whose share price has been languishing at one of its lowest points ever for the past year, has just been given a shot in the arm with yesterday’s talk of an IBM buyout. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Sun’s share price gave the company a market capitalisation only slightly larger than that of Red Hat, despite revenues 20-fold more than those of Red Hat. At the close of the NYSE on March 17 Sun’s share was trading at $4.92. With the overnight news of a potential IBM buyout that price rocketed to open at $8.31 yesterday, eventually closing at $8.94. Which gives Sun a market capitalisation of more than $6.6 billion.

QOTD: Does Tectonic need a forum?

March 19th, 2009 | 7 Comments »

At the end of last year when I asked in the annual reader survey what Tectonic readers thought could be added to the site to make it more useful a surprising number of people said “forums”. Admittedly, I had mentioned the idea as an example, but it was still an open-ended question. And there were [...]

Afrikaans translators make good progress on Gnome 2.26

March 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Yesterday we wrote about the impending release of Gnome 2.26 and how it felt a little underwhelming. Now that the final release is here we still feel like that but it is worth mentioning that South African translators have made good progress the Afrikaans localisations of the desktop.

Buffer overflow: Fennec, Synaq, iKno

March 19th, 2009 | No Comments »

Mozilla has released the first beta of its Fennec mobile web browser for Nokia’s N810 Internet Tablets running Maemo. Previously we wrote about some of the problems Fennec had with its Windows Mobile release.

South African knowledge management specialists i-Kno Knowledge Solutions sign deal to bring open source business intelligence to SA. Pentaho partnership will “enhance and grow our current open source portfolio with solutions such as Alfresco and Jaspersoft, because BI is a very large component of Knowledge Management,” says iKno MD Gerrit van Wyk.

Synaq’s Linux and open source solutions are the power behind RAM couriers. OSS successfully used to monitor more than 100 servers around the country for signs of problems, says RAM IT manager Lance Soller.

Gnome 2.26: What to expect

March 18th, 2009 | 8 Comments » Tags: ,

gnomeGnome fans are today looking forward to the release of Gnome 2.26, the latest release of the popular desktop environment. New Gnome releases are always worthy of attention, particularly as they become the face of popular distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora in the following months, but as a long-time user of Gnome there does seem to be less to be excited about than ever before.

Open source Campsite 3.2 helps newspapers move online

March 17th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

With all the talk about newspapers worldwide facing financial pressures, the time now is right for tools that can be used to move newspaper content online. One such tool is Campsite, a open source content management system for print publications which this week announced a major new release.

Government CIOs keen on open source software

March 17th, 2009 | 12 Comments » Tags: ,

Free and open source software continues to gain traction in the South African government with more than 90 percent of CIOs and IT managers in favour of using OSS in their departments. And Arno Webb, head of the State IT Agency’s (Sita) open source programme, says that while open source migrations have been slower and not as widespread as originally hoped, government is now firmly on a path to wider open source use. We speak to Webb to gauge government’s open source progress.

Small changes in Ubuntu Jaunty Alpha 6

March 13th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

The sixth and final alpha version of Ubuntu 9.04, known as Jaunty Jackalope, was released this morning. There are very few changes from Alpha 5 as the team irons out bugs ahead of the planned Beta release on March 26. The release notes offer little insight into changes between Alpha 5 and Alpha 6 but Softpedia has a screenshot tour.

Tiny Core: A Linux desktop in just 10MB

March 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , , ,

There are small Linux distributions, and then there are tiny Linux distributions. In what must be one of the smallest Linux versions ever, Tiny Core Linux is a portable Linux desktop that is just 10MB in size. With the 10MB disk image in hand users can run it from a CD, USB drive or just as a minimal hard drive installation.

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