A growing number of South African academics, activists and bloggers are calling on the country’s department of science and technology to review draft intellectual property regulations governing public research, saying that the regulations as they stand are a significant threat to future innovation in the country. The regulations, ironically from the department which has long championed free software, would also make it impossible to produce free software as part of any research projects, say opponents of the changes.
With Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) now safely out the door the Ubuntu team has kicked off Karmic Koala development, the next major release scheduled for October this year. Canonical head Mark Shuttleworth has already laid out major plans for Karmic including even faster boot times than Jaunty, better cloud computing integration with Eucalyptus and Amazon’s EC2 and better netbook support.
OpenSuse fans can now take an advance look at release 11.2 following the release of the first milestone release by the OpenSuse team. OpenSuse 11.2 is scheduled to be released in November this year and the Milestone 1 release is mostly intended for developers and contributors who want to get involved in helping the team.
The Ubuntu development team this afternoon announced the final release of Ubuntu 9.04, the latest version of its desktop operating system. This latest release of Ubuntu includes a number of new features including improved graphics, a better notification system and new cloud computing capabilities.
Open source document manager, KnowledgeTree, has released a new community edition of its application with a new text extraction engine and stability improvements. This latest release of the application, version 3.6 Community Edition, also includes a new core API and RESTful interface to improve application integration.
Database giant Oracle is to buy Sun Microsystems for more than $7 billion. The deal comes just weeks after IBM ended its acquisition talks with Sun. Oracle announced the deal this morning, saying that the deal “combines best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems”. Oracle will pay $9.50 a share for Sun, close to $3 higher than Sun’s closing price on Friday. valuing the deal at $7.4 billion.
Database giant Oracle is to buy Sun Microsystems for more than $7 billion. The deal comes just weeks after IBM ended its acquisition talks with Sun. Oracle announced the deal this morning, saying that the deal “combines best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems”. Oracle will pay $9.50 a share for Sun, close to $3 higher than Sun’s closing price on Friday, and valuing the deal at $7.4 billion.
Sun owns Java, is the customdian of OpenOffice.org, and is home to MySQL. Is this deal good for opens source software?
Aslam Raffee, chief information officer of the department of science and technology and chairperson of the South African government’s open source working group, is leaving government to take up a position at Sun Microsystems.
Following the announcement earlier that month by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) that it was updating its certifications to bring them in line with current Linux developments, Canonical has announced changes to its Ubuntu Certified Professional (UCP) qualification. The changes will mean that the two foundation courses of the UCP, previously covered in two five-day courses, will now be completed in just one five-day course.
With just one week to go to the final release of Ubuntu 9.04, codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, the Ubuntu development team has announced a release candidate of the operating system. The release candidate version has no major new changes over the previous beta releases but rather stabilizes its existing features.keep looking »