Five years after it was first launched, South Africa’s Impi Linux distribution no longer exists. The distribution, which began life as a Debian-derivative and later became an Ubuntu-variant when Mark Shuttleworth invested in the company, finally reached the end of its life under the ownership of Business Connection (BCX). The company says that it no longer makes sense to maintain an open source specialist division and has re-assigned open source staff to new roles in the company.
Quote of the week: You’re hacking away at your latest pet open source project and listening to a selection of fine music using your favourite Linux audio player. So tell us, which Linux music player is your app of choice when it comes to listening to audio on your PC? If your favourite is not listed here then tell us about it in the comments.
sme_serverIf you’re running a small business and you’re in the market for server, you might want to consider SME Server, a Linux distribution customised specifically for the small and medium sized business environment. You can find SME Server, which isis based on CentOS, a distribution known for its stability, at www.contribs.org.
Steve McIntyre re-elected Debian leader: The Debian community has re-elected Steve McIntyre as its leader. The contest for leadership was a two-way contest between McIntyre, who held the office in 2008-09, and Stefano Zacchiroli. The voting ended on April 11 and the results have been published on the Debian website.
OpenOffice.org 3.1 scheduled for end of April: Just days after the availability of its release candidate 1 (RC1) for OpenOffice.org 3.1.0, the developers have discovered new bugs that they need to eliminate before the final release. As a result, a release candidate 2 (RC2) will appear this week and the final release on April 26.
Big potential for Linux revenue growth: IDC is projecting that spending on Linux-related software will grow 21% this year, and 23.6% through 2013, compared to 2% and 5% growth, respectively, for the general software market. Sponsored by the Linux Foundation, the study sees the recession, virtualization, and cloud computing as key drivers behind Linux.
Twenty-five year old Israeli designer Amitay Tweeto walks off with first prize in the Linux Foundation’s “We’re Linux” competition with his “What does it mean to be free?” video. The competition, to create a one minute video promoting Linux, attracted more than 90 entries from around the world since its launch in December.
Zend debuts PHP Middleware stack: Already massively popular for web programming, PHP is now getting its own stack. The new Zend Server packages PHP for Web application deployment and code acceleration, problem diagnostics, monitoring, updates and even a Web server.
Sun releases VirtualBox 2.2.0: Sun Microsystems today announced the release of its VirtualBox 2.2.0 virtualisation software. VirtualBox 2.2.0 is a major release which includes one of the most anticipated features: OpenGL 3D acceleration support for Linux guests.
KDE ships KOffice 2.0 release candidate: The KDE team today announced a release candidate for its KOffice 2.0 suite. The release fixes many outstanding bugs in preparation for its final release.
When it comes to the world of graphics, Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator and DTP applications such as Quark and InDesign, stand head and shoulders above the rest and are the defacto standards for graphics professionals. But they’re not open source, even if a little Wine hacking gets them running. If you’re committed to doing your graphics the open source way then we have a few suggestions, and a couple of handy tutorials to get you up and running.
Southern African IT distributor, Workgroup, is anticipating growth in the South African Linux thin client market and says that Dell’s OptiPlex FX160 devices will be available locally pre-installed with Suse Linux Enterprise Thin Client. Sally Berimbau, Novell product manager at Workgroup, says the distributor is anticipating “that the Linux thin client market will grow to almost double the number of units currently deployed by 2011”.
Question of the week: Some of us are lucky. We get to use Linux every day as our primary – or even our only – operating system. But many users are forced – or even choose – to use a different operating system throughout their work day and then switch to Linux once they have knocked off. Tell us which of these you use the most on an average day. And why not tell us why in the comments?
Japanese Manga comics are hugely popular in that country and cover just about every topic imaginable from sport, to romance, to business, to games. Now there is a Ubuntu Manga comic – called Ubunchu – which has been translated from the original Japanese into English and focuses on three students getting into Ubuntu in their school computer club.« go back — keep looking »