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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Small changes in Ubuntu Jaunty Alpha 6

March 13th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

The sixth and final alpha version of Ubuntu 9.04, known as Jaunty Jackalope, was released this morning. There are very few changes from Alpha 5 as the team irons out bugs ahead of the planned Beta release on March 26. The release notes offer little insight into changes between Alpha 5 and Alpha 6 but Softpedia has a screenshot tour.

Tiny Core: A Linux desktop in just 10MB

March 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , , ,

There are small Linux distributions, and then there are tiny Linux distributions. In what must be one of the smallest Linux versions ever, Tiny Core Linux is a portable Linux desktop that is just 10MB in size. With the 10MB disk image in hand users can run it from a CD, USB drive or just as a minimal hard drive installation.

Android leads Linux mobile sales higher

March 11th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

Google’s Android operating system gave Linux-on-mobile sales a healthy boost in the fourth quarter of 2008. In its latest report on the state of smartphones, IT analysts Gartner said that Linux-based mobile sales increased from 2.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 3.2 million units at the end of 2008. This was despite a general slowdown in growth for the entire smartphone sector over the same period.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring RC1 ready for testing

March 11th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

mandrivaThe Mandriva development team today announced a release candidate for its 2009 Spring release, codenamed Pomerol. Release Candidate 1 includes KDE 4.2.1, GNOME 2.25.92, Xfce 4.6, server 1.6, OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1 and the brand-new qt 4.5.0.

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