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94% of emails are spam or viruses

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

More than 90% of all emails are spam or viruses. So says South African Linux specialist Synaq, which monitors more than 10 million corporate emails every day using its Pinpoint SecureMail product. Just 5% of emails entering corporate networks are in fact legitimate, the company says.

Canonical to launch Ubuntu Server training course

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

Expanding its Ubuntu training series, Canonical is planning to make an Ubuntu Server training course available later this year. In a blog posting Canonical, the financial backer of Ubuntu Linux, said that the new course is being designed in response to requests from both students and partners.

Backing-up your organisation with open source

March 26th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

harddrive_lockWhile backup and recovery solutions are considered paramount in most organisations, they are possibly one of the most overlooked procedures in company security policies, mainly because they seem to try to achieve the opposite.

Suse Linux powers SA tax collection

March 26th, 2009 | 5 Comments » Tags: , ,

More than two years ago the South African Revenue Service (SARS) began a process to migrate its desktops to Linux by calling for a proof on concept. Two years on the desktop migration has not happened but the tax-collection arm of government has made some progress towards wider open source use, including wide use of Suse Linux. We take a look at exactly what has been going on.

QOTW: Which email client?

March 26th, 2009 | 10 Comments » Tags:

Question of the week: Email is part of our daily lives. So what do you use (most often) to manage all the email, and no doubt spam, that you receive daily? I’ve included most of the popular email clients (even the proprietary ones) as options but if you don’t see your favourite on the list, leave a comment.

Buffer overflow: Mandriva server, FSF winners, Moblin alpha 2

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

The Mandriva Linux team, close on the heels of its release candidate for its 2009 Spring, has released a beta version of MES 5, the Mandriva Enterprise Server 5. Among other features, MES 5 includes a new installation wizard, Mandriva Directory Server integration and virtualisationwith Xen and KVM.

Novell releases Suse Linux Enterprise 11

March 25th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

Novell yesterday released Suse Linux Enterprise 11 which includes a number of features intended to make the operating system interoperate better with Microsoft’s Windows OS. Major changes in the interests off interoperability include improvements in systems management, virtualisation and document formats.

Where to find support for Linux in South Africa

March 24th, 2009 | 4 Comments » Tags: ,

frustrated_workerA few week ago we ran an article by Nic Ludick that argued that PC retailers were doing Linux a disservice. One of the solutions, Nic suggested, was to grow awareness of local and community support channels. Reader Gary Alexander took up the challenge and compiled a guide for beginner Linux users looking for help.

Buffer overflow: TomTom joins OSS patent group, free Blender book, Chrome for Linux, Ubuntu end of life

March 24th, 2009 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

TomTom, the GPS maker being sued by Microsoft, has joined an open source patent collective that have pooled their patents in an effort to help defend open source software against legal threats. In a press release yesterday, the Open Invention Network said that TomTom had joined its ranks. The collective aims to create a “supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux” and has amassed a pool of 275 pending and issued patents.

An alpha version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available through the Chromium project. Ubuntu fans can also use the Launchpad PPA to install Chromium on Hardy, Intrepid or Jaunty, with these instructions.

Want to learn how to use Blender, the open source 3D graphics and animation application? Then you might want to download a free book to get up and running. The Blender Basics book is 120 pages long and can be downloaded in sections or in its entirety.

Ubuntu has announced the end of life for Ubuntu 7.10, first released in October 2007. As with the earlier releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing
security and critical fixes for a period of 18 months. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 7.10 will reach end of life on Saturday, April 18, 2008.

SA's new supercomputer powered by open source

March 20th, 2009 | 4 Comments » Tags:

Sun Microsystems has began the deployment of South Africa’s largest supercomputer, a 27Teraflop system that runs a suite of open source software. The system is the second phase of a multi-million rand project that was awarded to Sun last year and will be housed at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town.

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