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Mandriva acquires Linux backup specialist

Linux distributor Mandriva SA has acquired Linux management and services firm LinboxFAS for up to $2.1m.

Gpl Debate Doesn’t Concern MySQL CEO

Marten Mickos, CEO of open-source database vendor MySQL AB, in Uppsala, Sweden, says that he’s confident that the wrangling over the current draft of the GNU general public license Version 3 (GPLv3) will help his company in the long run. The MySQL database is distributed under the GPL. In an interview with the IDG News Service, Mickos also talked about other open-source issues and what lies ahead for MySQL.

Massachusetts CIO Change Worries ODF Supporters

Massachusetts keeps saying that it will be using the Open Document Format in government offices by 2007, but there's still no IT budget.

Lehigh University Teams With Accordent Technologies for Automated ...

The Accordent Media Communications Platform Enables Professors to Easily Integrate Video, Visuals and PowerPoint Elements Into Daily Instruction

[Web-enabled solution works with any desktop environment - dcparris]

Final Office Open XML Draft 1.0 Posted at Ecma Site

The final version of the Office Open XML 1.0 draft was posted an hour or so ago at the Ecma site. It is this specification that Microsoft hopes will be adopted, not only by Ecma, but by global standards body ISO/IEC as well, in an effort to slow the adoption of OpenDocument Format (ODF) by government users, among others.

Book review:ImageMagick Tricks

Command-line utilities can be powerful, but it takes some doing to make a typical desktop user work in the shell. The image manipulation program ImageMagick is one command-line program that gives users a good reason to use the CLI. Now Packt Publishing has released ImageMagick Tricks, a book that covers ImageMagick from the ground up. If you've never used ImageMagick before, this book is a good starting place. Delivers Business-Ready Open Source Search

Baynote, Inc., a pioneer in content guidance software for the business web, today unveiled (, a community-based website that encourages the adoption of business-ready open source search.

Mozilla still looking into Firefox flaw claims

  •; By Dennis Fisher (Posted by dcparris on Oct 9, 2006 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Despite claims by one of the researchers involved that the whole thing was a joke , security experts at Mozilla Corp. are continuing to investigate whether there is indeed a remotely-exploitable flaw in the Firefox browser.

Open Source Company Chariot Solutions Pioneers New Tools For ...

Chariot Solutions, a firm specializing in software development using Java and open source, introduced three new tools for the Apache Geronimo J2EE platform at ApacheCon US 2006. The new Geronimo components include a first-of-its-kind Apache Tomcat-to-Geronimo migration tool, a Java Persistence API (JPA) plug-in, and a plug-in for JasperReports.

Report: Bugzilla Makes Big Trucks Better

Adapting the popular Open Source Bugzilla framework proved a great way to track the Komatsu manufacturing process. Rob Reilly files this report on a unique solution to a long-standing problem.

Open for training

The fight for free access to information, especially educational, is an age-old battle. But with the open source software revolution, various online projects have been established to help people access free educational information.

Securing your corporate database

Much is written about network security. There are many classes of product that have been developed to manage network access and to inspect traffic in order to identify anomalous behaviour.

The Joys of Linux Tech Support

With the job market constantly going up and down these days, a lot of IT pros have toyed with the idea of building a PC repair business, but they really loathe the idea of being at the butt-end of the stick when the next big Windows virus hits.

Keyboard caters for all 11 SA languages has released a new South African keyboard that caters for all of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa including support for previously ignored characters for languages such as Venda, Northern Sotho and Tswana.

Latest podcast posted, Naming standards and more

Listen Up! the latest audio program on the site - What's Happening in the World of Databases.

Creative Commons launches new SA licences

Creative Commons South Africa, the local arm of the global alternative licensing movement, last week released an updated set of licences. Version 2.5 of the licences allow the author or rightsholder to specify with more detail how they wish their work to be attributed.

Antiphishing efforts try to keep pace

While many experts say phishers will continue to stay one step ahead of even advanced preventive measures, some security companies are developing new ways to keep the public informed about fraudulent Web sites and cut down on scams.

Java and Linux based IPTV kit and PVR from Amino showcased

IPTV Firm Amino, which makes linux and Java powered set-top boxes and an interesting Personal Video Recorder (PVR) was represented at the show by one of the local distributors.

Unfortunately you do not have flash 8

Today, Australian DD and SELinux kernel hacker Russell Coker wrote an open letter to Toyota. He wanted to visit their australian website to get information about one of their cars, and was greeted by the above headline.

North-West science schools get Linux labs

A company founded out of the Shuttleworth Foundation schools Linux project has started rolling out computer laboratories to schools in South Africa's North-West Province and plans to equip all maths and science-focused Dinaledi schools in the province with computer labs in 2007.

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