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Weekend Wrap: A week on Tectonic

By   |  February 28, 2009

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.

Red Hat throws down gauntlet in virtualisation battle

The past week has been a big one for virtualisation with both Suse Linux and Red Hat announcing collaboration deals and new tools. Following the deal two weeks ago with Microsoft, Red Hat this week upped the ante for open source virtualisation by announcing a new range of tools. The tools to be released include a KVM platform built into Red Hat Enterprise Linux and, two virtualisation management tools for desktops and servers, as well as a standalone hypervisor called Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation (RHEV-H). Virtualisation heavyweight, VMWare, under growing pressure, also announced it’s tie up with Novell this week.

See also: Back to the wall, VMWare releases an open source client

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Karmic Koala and Jaunty Jackalope

Last weekend Mark Shuttleworth announced Karmic Koala, otherwise known as Ubuntu 9.10 and scheduled for release in October. But right now the Ubuntu team is cranking out Jaunty Jackalope and this week they released the fifth alpha of the upcoming release with a few new interface changes. There are some good bits to this release but also quite a few bits that clearly need some more work.

Kongoni, a new distro for Africa

We’ve had Ubuntu and Impi, now there is a new African-named Linux distribution. South African developers this week 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.

Linux desktops for younger OSS fans

Also popular this week was the release of Qimo, an Ubuntu-based distribution for kids. Pronounced “kim-oh” – it 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. So if you want to give your kids a good open source headstart then its worth checking this one out.

See also this piece from the archives: Easing kids into free software

Feedback Room

We love feedback at Tectonic and this week’s stories sparked a number of interesting discussions. One of these was something of a ding-dong battle between Wogan and just about everyone else over the merits of bBuntu. The release of Kongoni also got readers talking with a couple of the regulars spotting AJ’s hand in the release. For a complete rundown on current discussions on Tectonic have a look at our discussion tracker.

From the depths of Tectonic

With more than eight years of archives some of the resources on Tectonic simply get lost with time. Occasionally we try and dig one of these gems out. This week’s page is the list of African open source user groups that we’ve been maintaining for the best past of that time.



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