Archive for May, 2009

KOffice 2.0 unleashed on world

May 28th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

With more than three years of development behind them the KOffice team today announced the release of KOffice 2.0. During the three years the team ported the KDE-based office suite to Qt4 and the KDE4 libraries and it says the new product improves integration between KOffice components and reduces duplication of functions between components.

Linux Mint 7 boosts usability

May 28th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Clement Lefebvre of the Linux Mint development team has announced the release of Linux Mint 7. Codenamed Gloria, the seventh release of the user-friendly Linux Mint distribution is based on Ubuntu 9.04 but adds a number of its own tweaks to make the distro easier for users.

Open source virtualisation – worth the wait

May 27th, 2009 | 11 Comments » Tags: ,

Open source may have had a late start in the realm of enterprise virtualisation, but the meticulous and attentive development of this technology has led to better products in the long run. Not only is open source virtualisation now fully enterprise-ready, but it offers greater cost-savings and more flexibility that its proprietary counterparts.

User buy-in and clear decisions key to OSS migration

May 22nd, 2009 | No Comments »

User resistance to change remains one the major obstacles to overcome in any successful open source migration. This is according to Michael Bohn, Sun Microsystem’s senior consultant for office migration, who was speaking to the Gauteng Linux Users Group (GLUG) this week.

Microsoft's ODF support is broken, says alliance

May 22nd, 2009 | 5 Comments » Tags: , ,

The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance says that “serious deficiencies” in Microsoft’s support for ODF need to be addressed to ensure greater interoperability with other ODF-supporting software.

Kenya to host first open source software awards

May 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

tuxThe Linux Professional Association of Kenya and ICT Consumers Association of Kenya will be hosting Kenya’s first-ever open source awards at the end of this month.

Microsoft adds ODF support to Office 2007

May 20th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: , ,

In a big step forward for interoperability, Microsoft’s recently-released Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 includes built-in support for a range of additional file formats including the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

State IT Agency to host FOSS vendor day

May 19th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: , ,

The SA State IT Agency’s Free and Open Source Programme Office (FPO) is to host a workshop this coming Friday in which free and open source software (FOSS) vendors will have a chance to demonstrate their products to government officials. The day-long workshop will include representatives from companies that were selected, in a 2005 tender process, as government-approved open source vendors.

Glug hosts free talk on OSS migration strategies

May 18th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

The Gauteng Linux User Group (GLUG) will this week host Sun Microsystem’s open source migration specialist Michael Bohn who will be talking about the risks, benefits and opportunities in migrating to open source software.

First Karmic Koala alpha is released

May 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

ubuntu_newThe first alpha release of Ubuntu Karmic Koala – also known as Ubuntu 9.10 – was released yesterday. As a first alpha release it is not recommended for most users, just those happy to live on the bleeding edge.

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