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South Africa must take lead from NZ on software patents

In huge win for anti-software patent activists, New Zealand has announced that it will not change legislation to make software patentable in the country. It is, however, a partial victory only as New Zealand’s Commerce minister, Simon Power, also announced he would instruct the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand to draft guidelines that would […]

The parallel world of Apple: Where open is not always open

May 27th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

Just about everything Apple does suggests the company lives in a parallel universe. It’s only in this imaginary world, where normal standards don’t apply, that someone like Steve Jobs could get away with accusing Adobe of not being “open” enough.

Microsoft's new anti-Linux patent strategy

May 27th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

Patent threats from Microsoft against Linux are not new. But now that bastion of proprietary software appears to have a new, more insidious, strategy in its quest to undermine open source software. It is now getting its partners – companies that want to and need to be on its good side – to license Linux […]

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.