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Fedora releases version 11 beta

March 31st, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: , ,

A couple of hours ago the Fedora team rolled out Fedora 11 Beta, the first test release of its latest open source release. As well as a truck-load of desktop enhancements and the latest desktop environments, including Gnome 2.26, KDE 4.2.1 and Xfce 4.6.0, Fedora 11 Beta also includes the ext4 filesystem as the default as well a experimental Btrfs support.

Buffer Overflow: Linux salaries higher, JBoss CTO, no clarity on patents says Red Hat

March 31st, 2009 | 1 Comment »

Linux, Mac salaries higher than for Windows engineers: Microsoft likes to tout the cost savings that derive from paying Windows-skilled employees less money. That’s great if you’re an employer, but if you’re an engineer that needs to feed her family, the money is in Linux and Mac OS X. [More…]

JBoss CTO leaving Red Hat: JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey is leaving Red Hat. Labourey had been at JBoss for the past eight years, nearly three of which were under Red Hat’s ownership. Labourey’s departure comes over two years after JBoss founder Marc Fleury left Red Hat in 2007.

No clarity on validity of Microsoft’s claims against TomTom: Red Hat has issued a short statement in response to yesterday’s news that TomTom and Microsoft had settled their patent scrap out of court, in which the company says that “without a judicial decision, the settlement does not demonstrate that the claims of Microsoft were valid”.

Gauteng Linux users to expand activities

March 31st, 2009 | 12 Comments » Tags: , , ,

More than 12 years after it first started, one of South Africa’s largest Linux user groups is regrouping to broaden and increase its advocacy activities. The Gauteng Linux Users Group (Glug) earlier this month elected a new committee and is already planning series of events over the coming months to promote both Glug and Linux and free software.

Learn to package apps for Ubuntu

March 31st, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

Ubuntu Linux fans wanting to get more involved in the creation of Ubuntu can now learn to package applications during the newly-launched Package Training days. The new initiative by the Ubuntu team will see Thursdays being set aside for online lessons on preparing and maintaining application packages.

Buffer Overflow: Android, MonoDevelop, Open Cloud, air traffic control

March 30th, 2009 | No Comments »

Android to lead smartphone growth: Infonetics Research released a study that projects that the smartphone market will continue to grow despite an eight percent drop in mobile-phone sales this year. The report also predicts that “open source platforms like Android” are leading the way in shaping the smartphone market. Via Linux Devices

MonoDevelop 2.0 is released: The Mono project, an open source alternative to Microsoft’s .Net platform, today announced the release of MonoDevelop 2.0, a development environment for the platform.

Open Cloud Manifesto biased against Microsoft? Until recently no-one was really sure who was behind the Open Cloud Manifesto, a group setting out to define interoperability standards for cloud computing. Matt Asay says it is IBM and others are calling the group a cabal. Not a good start to an open cloud initiative.

Open source air traffic control: Swiss company SkySoft has launched an open source community Air Traffic Control (ATC) project named Albatross. The first free application will be Albatross Display, an open source Air Traffic Controller environment.

Business turns to Linux in economic downturn: survey

March 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

More than 50% of IT executives in a recent survey said that they were planning to accelerate Linux adoption in 2009. “As organisations fight to cut costs and find value in this tough economic climate, Linux adoption will accelerate,” said Michelle Beetar, country manager for Novell South Africa.

10 open source books worth downloading

March 30th, 2009 | 37 Comments » Tags: ,

Free and open source software is all about sharing so, prompted by a reader who emailed me last week to ask about books on Linux, I spent some time over the weekend doing research. The result is a short list of books that users – from newbies to gurus – can download and read at their leisure. There are many more books than just these available online but, although many publishers provide versions of their books for reading online – notably Open Books from O’Reilly which is well worth checking out – I chose to limit the list to books that could be downloaded in full. I also chose a wide range of books, from introductions to Linux, books on implementing open source in schools and in Africa, to books that defined the evolution of free software.

Full Circle Magazine #23 now out

March 30th, 2009 | 2 Comments » Tags: ,

Another month and another edition of Full Circle Magazine, the magazine published by and for Ubuntu Linux fans. Issue 23 includes all the usual features including a guide to troubleshooting in Command and Conquer, part 7 of programming in C and part 4 of Web development. The MOTU interview this month is with Steve Stalcup, and the top five list is a collection of the best task managers.

Buffer overflow: Linux netbooks, Linux Mint, FT on free software, KnowledgeTree update

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

Microsoft rules netbooks now, but ARM/Linux threat grows: Today Linux commands just 10% of the growing netbook market but Shane O’Neill over at Network World argues that there is a strong chance that Linux and ARM processors could completely rewrite the market.

Ubuntu Jaunty beta makes it out the door

March 27th, 2009 | 4 Comments » Tags: , ,

Faster boot times, a better notification system and Gnome 2.26 are the standout features of the beta release of Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) made available by the Ubuntu team this morning. On the server side Jaunty moves steadily into the cloud with Eucalyptus for home-grown cloud services as well as the start of Amazon EC2 services.

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