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International IT companies still prefer Mother City

South Africa is seen by the outside world as a good launchpad into Africa. For international IT companies opening new offices in South Africa, Cape Town appears to be the first choice.

UK government ignores open-source potential

The UK government is biased against the use of open-source technology, a situation that could limit the computing skills of the future workforce, according to experts attending the launch of the National Open Centre (NOC) this week. Speaking at the launch event at the Houses of Parliament, John Pugh MP argued that there is “widespread ignorance” within the public sector about open-source.

Sabayon Linux 3.26 -- The name is a dessert while the Linux is just as sweet

My goal with Knolinux 6 months ago was to get at least most of the top ten of Distrowatch reviewed, minus only Fedora and openSuse (we need not go into why on those, just personal reasons) and one that I always look forward to was Sabayon. Originally called RR4/64, Sabayon is an Italian (sorry everyone) project that takes the excellence of a Gentoo system and adds a ease of installation and eye candy appeal that is second to none.

So, How Does It Feel To Have Been "Had"?

Ballmer publicly states that Linux infringes on MS Intellectual Property, Novell jingles a little silver bell to one side and says "Over here...This one is safe, here's your Linux", and the three of them make mega-bucks off of the labor of thousands of open source developers.

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" a step closer

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Feb 28, 2007 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu developers are finalising preparations for the release of the next version -- dubbed Feisty Fawn -- of the popular Linux distribution in mid-April.

Securing Linux by breaking it with Damn Vulnerable Linux

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is everything a good Linux distribution isn't. Its developers have spent hours stuffing it with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. DVL isn't built to run on your desktop -- it's a learning tool for security students.

Fedora Linux Leaves Behind Its Users?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Red Hat
Those of you who are outside of the Linux circle of influences must have heard about Eric Raymond's rejection of Fedora in favor of a distribution that he believes will better serve his needs.

Open News Episode 5 Released

This week on Open News Eric Raymond Ditches Red Hat, Cisco Not Opening CTA, South Africa Goes Open Source, So Does An Ohio School, Order Your PS3 With Linux Pre-Installed.

Red Hat Offers $20000 Contest Prize To Business Graduate Students

Red Hat has announced the launch of the first Red Hat Challenge, a contest for graduate students to formulate a group concept plan in response to a business challenge question. The Red Hat Challenge is an open invitation to create an innovative solution to a Red Hat business problem and provide the Company with original, cutting-edge ideas to shape its future business model.

Grundig Mobile's U900 Linux Phone

Although the orange and black color scheme is a wee bit passé, we do have to give props to Grundig Mobile for their new Linux-based phone, the U900. It features a single-chip architecture, which has long been considered to be the "holy grail" of modern mobile phone technology.

The Terrible State of WiFi in Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Articles like this just kill me. Granted, this piece was written a while back, and even considering the date in which the piece was first put together, it remains the single biggest mess that I have ever laid eyes on. Linux and wireless is a mess, period. Portail PHP/MySQL

Everyone knows the famous PHP phpinfo(), which provide the programmer with invaluable information about his server configuration and set up. This is a useful tool as soon as one get a new server, and it is also a tool to talk with any administrator.

RFI - Wellington Linux Install Fest

Linuxchix NZ are booking a venue for the linux installfest, so i need a rough idea how many people are interested. It'll be on 31st March 2007, which is a Saturday, and in Wellington central. An install fest means you bring your OWN computer (we can try and provide SOME monitors and peripherals), and we help you get set up with linux.

DragonFlyBSD: Designing a Highly Available Clustering Filesystem

Matt Dillon posted the design synopsis of a new highly available clustered filesystem he will soon begin writing forDragonFlyBSD. The feature summary at the beginning of his document included,"on-demand filesystem check and recovery; infinite snapshots; multi-master operation, including the ability to self-heal a corrupted filesystem by accessing replicated data; infinite logless replication, meaning that replication targets can be offline for'days' without effecting performance or operation; 64 bit file space, 64 bit filesystem space, no space restrictions whatsoever; reliably handles data storage for huge multi-hundred-terrabyte filesystems without fear of unrecoverable corruption; cluster operation, provides the ability to commit data to locally replicated store independantly of other replication nodes, with access governed by cache coherency protocols; independant index, data is laid out in a highly recoverable fashion, independant of index generation, and indexes can be regenerated from scratch and thus indexes can be updated asynchronously." He then goes into detail on each of these points and many more, explaining how he intends to implement the new filesystem.

The 15 minute PHP with XML Starter

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Cliff Morgan (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 28, 2007 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP
This first article of a three-part series introduces PHP5's XML implementation and help those relatively new to using XML with PHP to read, parse, and manipulate, and write a short and uncomplicated XML file using the DOM and SimpleXML in a PHP environment.

Linux: Tracking Regressions in 2.6.21-rc1

Adrian Bunk posted a couple lists of known regressions that found their way into the 2.6.21-rc1 kernel [story] since the release of the 2.6.20 kernel [story]. Adrian notes that his lists only include bugs that are not yet fixed in Linus' -git tree. In an updated version of his lists he included 19 known regressions, including links to bugzilla or the appropriate mailing list discussion thread. The lists track who submitted the bug, who is currently handling it, who caused it if known, a link to a patch that fixes the problem if any, and the current more

Trolltech Becomes the First Corporate Patron of KDE

Trolltech, the Norwegian company behind the Qt toolkit has become the second Patron of KDE. Trolltech itself should not need an introduction, since they have worked together with the KDE project since its inception ten years ago. Knut Irvin, the community manager for Trolltech points out that "KDE does an excellent job of making UNIX-based desktops easy to use. Trolltech gains from feedback, bug reports and the spread of Qt through the success of KDE".

PowerPC Extensions for Eclipse CDT

This plug-in adds new project types to the Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT), providing a convenient way of setting PowerPC-specific switches to the GNU C and C++ compilers, linker, and assembler.

The Enterprise Committer: When Your Employee Develops Open-Source Code on the Company Payroll

"One of your developers wants to extend an open-source application to solve a company problem, then contribute the code back to the community. That's fine. But making that process work in enterprise terms involves more than getting the legal department to recover from its fainting fit.:

[Our very own Sander is profiled, and one of my fellow Linuxchix, Penny Leach- TC]

How Open Is "Open"? – Industry Luminaries Join the Debate

Nat Torkington raised this week the very real question of whether the term "open source" is now completely meaningless, in the sense that its meaning has now been sucked out of it by companies that purport to be open source yet don't allow users to feely download, compile, and use the software in question. One example Torkington cites is SugarCRM, whose license he describes as "a questionably modified OSI-approved license.

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