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Linux podcasts: Five of the best

February 24th, 2009 | 5 Comments » Tags: ,

podcastI was recently given an MP3 player as a present which I use to play podcasts when I go walking. In recent years I have also developed a great interest in Linux and open source software, and so have been on the lookout for good listening material. After many hours of listening, I have compiled a list of my five favourite Linux- and OSS-related podcasts, in my order of preference:

OpenSSH 5.2 fixes bugs

February 24th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags:

The OpenBSD team has released version 5.2 of its OpenSSH Secure Shell Protocol tool. This version is primarily a bugfix release following the more significant changes of version 5.1. OpenSSH 5.2 fixes two important security bugs and adds six minor features. Full release notes are available.

Kongoni: A new Linux distro from Africa

February 23rd, 2009 | 12 Comments » Tags: ,

We’ve had Ubuntu and Impi, now there is a new African-named Linux distribution. South African developers today announced the first cut of a new Linux distro which they are calling Kongoni. Named after the Shona word for the GNU, Kongoni has a strong BSD-Unix influence and includes a ports-like package management system. The underlying code is, however, based on Slackware and the makers are promising to keep the distribution free of proprietary software.

Virtaal translation tool adds plugins, re-use

February 23rd, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The Virtaal open source translation tool spearheaded by has released a new version of the software with a host of new features. Chief among these is a new plug-in system for users that want to extend Virtaal and a translation memory for re-using translated text.

Ubuntu's Karmic Koala: What you can expect

February 21st, 2009 | 30 Comments » Tags: ,

With Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope just two months away from release, Mark Shuttleworth has dished the dirt on Jaunty’s successor: Karmic Koala. Shuttleworth says the Koala will take Ubuntu even further into the cloud with Amazon’s EC2 cloud service and UCSB’s Eucalyptus software while giving desktop users a completely new interface to enjoy.

Is Ubuntu Jaunty quick enough to beat Windows 7?

February 20th, 2009 | 10 Comments » Tags: ,

When Mark Shuttleworth first announced plans for Ubuntu 9.04 his primary objective was to make the operating system boot faster. With a battle with Microsoft’s Windows 7 looming, the speed of startup – and shutdown – of a laptop PC has become a critical battleground. But while Ubuntu developers have been working feverishly to speed […]

Megafreight migration: Open source lightens the load

February 19th, 2009 | 4 Comments » Tags:

When it comes to open source software migration, SA freight-forwarding company Megafreight has done more than most. Over the years the company has migrated its employees over to full Linux desktops and open source applications, including OpenOffice, Thunderbird and Firefox. Guest writer Dyllan Pascoe describes the steps the company took to reach this point.

Experts work to unlock PCs for African users

February 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags:

In celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21, a group of African computer and language experts is planning a community-driven push to expand the accessibility of PCs to African users by increasing the number of locales available for African languages. A locale is a set of data that guides a computer to adapt […]

Mozilla's Fennec stumbles at first gate

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

Mozilla’s mobile browser, Fennec, has tripped dismally on its first trip out of the gate. The pre-alpha release of the mini browser for Windows Mobile, released last week, has such a huge bug that it is effectively useless to most users. It seems that most users of the browser were greeted by a checkerboard pattern, […]

Second Android phone is Magic, Huawei to follow

February 17th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags:

HTC’s Magic will become the second Android-based mobile phone in the market. Meanwhile Huawei says that it is planning to release two to three mobile phones based on Android, although exactly the company will partner with is still unknown. HTC’s Magic was unveiled today at the Mobile World Congress, currently on in Barcelona, Spain. BBC […]

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