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Is Oracle really looking to enter the OS game?

April 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Last week RedHat announced it will spend $350million to buy JBoss. Now Larry Ellison tells the Financial Times he has been thinking about buying Novell — or even making his own Linux distribution. Not so long ago open source software and Linux was cast as an outsider; a pretender with little to offer the market. […]

OSS offers front-yard security

April 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Open source enthusiasts told delegates at the Open Source Impact conference yesterday that security issues in open source were the same as in the proprietary arena. Manager of the Open Source Centre, Nhlanhla Mabaso, said the only difference was that open source developers dealt with bugs “in their front yard”, where the public can see […]

Dapper beta due tomorrow

April 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

Ubuntu Dapper Drake, originally set for release Wednesday 20 April until it was postponed to 1 June, will instead be released as a beta tomorrow. Tectonic has a look at what to expect from the world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution. The first change is the combination of the live CD and install CD. Not […]

Oracle to build or buy own Linux

April 18th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Oracle could be preparing its own Linux distribution – or may even purchase Red Hat or Novell – according to CEO Larry Ellison. Talking to the Financial Times, Ellison is reported to have said: “I’d like to have a complete stack. We’re missing an operating system. You could argue that it makes a lot of […]

Developer Roadshow is no-show for May

April 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

The West Africa Developer Roadshow has been postponed until at least August this year. Open Source Centre manager, Nhlanhla Mabaso, said the roadshow date – originally set for May this year – had been moved because of organisational and logistical reasons. “Apparently the West African team met and realised that with only six weeks to […]

Automobile Association takes Linux for a drive

April 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has given Linux its roadworthy certificate for use as a web and database server solution in its organisation, following a trial run that the AA says proved very successful. “After struggling with leased solutions in the past, which brought with them problems in terms of support and licensing, […]

Ghanaian developers push Semacode tags

April 13th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

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New KOffice supports Oasis

April 13th, 2006 | No Comments »

Users of the KOffice suite of applications have something to celebrate over Easter: the release of KOffice 1.5. The biggest change over the previous version is the use of the Oasis open document standard – the same standard that uses. Two new applications – Access-like database application Kexi and project planner Kplato – also […]

Very pro open source: James Gosling

April 12th, 2006 | No Comments »

James Gosling, the father of Java, will be in Johannesburg, South Africa for Sun Tech Days on 3 to 4 May. Tectonic catches up with him to chat about Java, open source, and his favourite South African singer. Jason Norwood-Young: When you embarked on the Java project, did you ever dream it would be such […]

In-fighting sparks in the Kubuntu camp

April 12th, 2006 | No Comments »

Despite tomorrow being Ubuntu Hug Day (a bug-finding day where testers get a hug for finding a bug), there’ll be little love between the German Kubuntu developers and the rest of the Ubuntu team. Andreas Mueller, who heads up the German Kubuntu ( team, helped start the Kubuntu project, and purportedly finances much of its […]

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