Red Hat adds new premier SA partner

By   |  July 7, 2010   |  
Linux giant Red Hat has announced that Linux System Dynamics (LSD), an open source consulting firm, has been appointed a Red Hat Premier Business Partner for the Southern Africa region. Red Hat Premier Business Partners are top-tier Red Hat partners, who have demonstrated expertise in the Red Hat product portfolio and have met the stringent technical, sales and training requirements specified by  ...

FreeBSD 8.1 gets first release candidate

By   |  June 22, 2010   |  
A week later than originally scheduled, the FreeBSD team has issued a first release candidate (RC1) for version 8.1 of its popular Unix-like operating system. The final release of FreeBSD 8.1 was scheduled for July 9 bit with the current delay that may be pushed out by a week. Major changes include improvements to Solaris ZFS support and added support for superpages, a new USB stack and a rewrit ...

VLC 1.1.0 adds GPU-decoding, WebM support

By   |  June 22, 2010   |  
VLC, the Swiss army knife of multimedia viewing, has released a new version. Already a top-class video player VLC 1.1.0 adds a number of new goodies, including WebM support and GPU-decoding. The highlights: GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 DSP decoding using OpenMax IL, for compatible emb ...

Dell in talks to ship Chrome OS netbooks

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
Dell today confirmed that it was in talks with Google to ship Chrome OS on its netbooks. The company's president of Greater China and South Asia, Amit Midha, said that Dell devices were in development although he didn't add any detail. Google's Chrome OS is a Linux-based web-focused operating system that is intended for ultra-portable laptops. Google is expected to release Chrome OS later this y ...

Is OpenOffice at a crossroads?

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a flagship product for free and open source software but could be doing so much better than it is. What's wrong? Michael Meeks a long-time OOo and Gnome developer and Novell employee argues that among the chief problems are a lack of leadership, a half-hearted open source strategy and copyright assignments that discourage external contributions. In a healthy project we wou ...

Google hits geek paydirt with command-line tools

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
Forget web applications, the future is the command line! Google releases a command-line tool for controlling services such as YouTube, Blogger, Google Docs and Calendar. And judging by user response, the command line is still cool. GoogleCL is a pure Python application that uses the Python gdata libraries to make Google Data API calls from the command line. If you didn't understand much of that  ...

Open Tech Exchange talks to Tectonic

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
The latest episode of OTE podcast features an interview with Tectonic in which we talk about open source software in Africa. I don't normally write about myself but allow me this one indulgence. Following my decision to start working on Tectonic again Mark Clarke and Darlene Parker of the Open Tech Exchange podcast approached me to come on their show. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity and t ...

The law behind free and open source software

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
The third issue of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review has been released. And even if you're not a lawyer there is food for thought. With everything from a profile of the BSD licence, to issues around copyright in free software and a review of case law related to free software, the journal makes for interesting reading for anyone involved in free software advocacy. Detail ...

Ubuntu calls for btrfs testing on Maverick

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
Adventurous Ubuntu users can now install test versions of Maverick Meerkat with a btrfs root filesystem. Ubuntu's Colin Watson today announced this on the Ubuntu developer list. Maverick Meerkat is Ubuntu's current development version which is expected to be released in October. Naturally, because btrfs is still very much in development, this is not a wise thing to do on your production machines ...

OpenSuse on track with first 11.3 RC

By   |  June 21, 2010   |  
The first release candidate for OpenSuse 11.3 has been released and the team looks to be well on track for a final release on July 15.  ...