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Weekend Wrap: A week on Tectonic

February 28th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags:

With another week over it’s time to look back on the week that was. In this week’s Weekend Wrap we look at virtualisation open source style, Kongoni the new African distribution, Ubuntu’s Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 5 release, OSS for kids and a few pages out of the archives. We also look at what readers have been discussing this past week and we dig out a page most readers – and that includes ourselves – have all but forgotten about.

Two years on and Xfce 4.6 breaks cover

February 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

It’s been more than two years since its last release but today Xfce, one of the better open source desktop managers, has rolled out version 4.6. Proud of its reputation for speed and responsiveness, the developer team has spent months adding a little polish to the desktop and stripping away unnecessary baggage to keep Xfce fast.

Mozilla to delay Firefox 3.1 again, fourth beta planned

February 27th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Mozilla this week said that it would add another beta release to the Firefox 3.1 development schedule. Developers said that they planned to finish with beta 3 within a week and then move on to beta 4. A fourth beta will push the final release of Firefox 3.1 into the second quarter of the year, or even later than that. Mike Shaver, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering said in an email this week that the team was “going to wrap up Beta 3 in the next week regardless of ‘upvar’ status”. The primary bug holding back the developers affects Firefox 3.1’s new Javascript engine. A fourth beta release will follow beta 3 by about six weeks.

Ubuntu Jaunty alpha 5 goes live

February 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

ubuntu_newThe fifth alpha release of Ubuntu 9.04, codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, has been released for testing. The release includes a number of new features including X.Org 1.6 and optimised font settings. What is not yet included in this release is the new notification system, although that is expected to be included in the final. There are, however, some new notification settings available in this release.

Now VMWare ties up with Suse Linux …

February 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Yesterday I wrote about how Red Hat had upped the ante in the virtualisation world with its new open source virtualisation lineup and its Microsoft-pact. Now VMWare has announced a new tie-up with Novell. The two companies said that the deal will enable independent software vendors to “build appliances powered by Suse Linux Enterprise and optimised for multiple platforms, including VMware ESX”. Novell also said that its Suse Linux Enterprise Server will also become a “fully-supported and optimised” guest operating system for VMware’s ESX platform. The collaboration is interesting in the context of recent announcements which has largely placed Microsoft, Red Hat and Citrix into one camp and Novell and VMWare into the other.

Microsoft files patent suit against TomTom for Linux-based systems

February 26th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

fter claiming for years that Linux infringed on hundreds of its software patents, Microsoft has filed what may be the first suit over an alleged infringement. The company has filed a patent lawsuit against GPS maker TomTom for several of its devices including some that are Linux-based.

Red Hat throws down gauntlet in virtualisation battle

February 25th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

Last week we wrote about Red Hat’s virtualisation pact with Microsoft and this week Red Hat announced an entire lineup of open source virtualisation tools. Under pressure, industry leader VMWare has already announced its plans to release portions of its software for free, but the battle for the virtualisation space is just starting to heat up and VMWare looks to be facing ever-increasing threats that include Microsoft and Citrix and at least one Linux player.

UK government steps up open source commitment

February 25th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The UK government says that it will increase the use of open source software in the public service. Minister for digital engagement, Tom Watson, said today that open source software should be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows. He said that open standards were more flexible and could offer better value for money. In a report titled Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan, the UK government pledged that, where possible, its departments would avoid becoming “locked in” to proprietary software, and that it would take into account exit, re-bid and rebuild costs.

Qimo Linux designed for younger open source fans

February 25th, 2009 | 4 Comments » Tags: , ,

Do you want to give your kids a good open source start in life? Then maybe you should be introducing them to Qimo, an Ubuntu-based desktop designed for younger users. Qimo – pronounced “kim-oh” – is the product of non-profit organisation QuinnCo, founded by Michelle and Michael Hall. Designed for users three years and older, Qimo is pre-installed with free and open source games that are both educational and entertaining.

A third of Dell Mini 9s sold with Linux

February 25th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags:

Netbooks have always been seen as an opportunity for Linux to beat out its bigger rival, Microsoft. That was until netbook-maker Wind told the world that it was seeing a four-times higher return rate for Linux-based netbooks that Windows XP-based ones. Wind’s self-interest aside, the statement had many predicting that Linux’s short run of success on netbooks was over. Now Dell has a slightly different story. The company says that a third of its Dell Mini 9 netbooks have been sold with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed.

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