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E-learning takes flight at UWC

Free software tools and committed academics at the University of the Western Cape make learning materials available to learners inside and outside of the campus.

Ubuntu Summit: Inside the Googleplex

This week is Ubuntu Developer Summit week in Mountain View, California. Posting directly from the Developer Summit is Morgan Collet, one of just two South Africans at the week-long event.

VMX Builder: Create virtual machines in minutes

While VMware Player is not designed to create virtual machines from scratch, other tools can help you to build your own VMs in a matter of minutes. You could use VMware's free VMware Server software, but it's overkill if you only need a quick-and-dirty way to build a VM. Instead, consider VMX Builder, an easy-to-use desktop tool for creating VMware virtual machines.

Open source: A reality for SA?

Although it may seem that open source software is a recent buzzword, the South African government has been successfully running open source software for more than 12 years now. Nhlanhla Mabaso looks at how far down the open source road South Africa is.

Bang for the Buck: Entry Linux Servers Keep Windows and Unix ...

Only 15 years ago, Linus Torvalds was annoyed enough about the expense of the just-commercialized Unix workstations and systems on the market that he started to create his own operating system, one that had a look and feel very much like Unix. Back then, proprietary operating systems dominated the midrange of the server market, mainframes ruled the high end, and there was no such thing as an entry server, but rather a NetWare file system for file sharing and network printing. How the world has changed.

Review: GnuCash 2.0

GnuCash is a personal and small business accounting package that provides true double-entry accounting, the ability to set up automatic recurring transactions, and simple budgeting. The application does not try to hide the complexities of managing your money from you with pretty screens. It does show you where (and how much) you're spending your money. If you're prepared to learn a subtly different way of doing things, you will find GnuCash a very powerful alternative for home or small business use.

RPath 1.0.4 Screenshot Walkthrough

rPath Linux, the first Linux distribution built using the groundbreaking Conary software management system, has released updated images for rPath Linux 1. The new images incorporate installation changes, new kernels, and all package updates released as of October 27. New in rPath Linux 1.0.4 is support for the Xen 3.0.3 hypervisor, including Xen installation media.

IDE for the Cell Broadband Engine SDK

This introductory walk-through provides an introduction to some of the main features of the Cell IDE for Eclipse and step-by-step instructions on how to create, build, and run POWER Processing Unit (PPU)- and Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU)-managed make projects. Elements in the design of the cell chip are expected in IBM’s future server chips, and could end up inside the PlayStation 3. publishes unified ISA, Linux system spec has published a new PowerPC ISA (instruction set architecture) said to integrate and unify general-purpose and embedded PowerPC architectures. The non-profit organization has also published a Power Architecture Platform Requirements (PAPR) specification, aimed at helping PowerPC system vendors and Linux distributors create interoperable products.

Novell is Now the New SCO

So how is Novell the new SCO? First and foremost, I'm not the first one to talk about the correlation between this deal and SCO's indemnification licenses...Groklaw has detailed postings on it. Let's look at this concept a bit more. This deal between Microsoft and Novell isn't about getting Linux to play nice with's about patents, intellectual property, and indemnification licenses.

One Small Business Gladly Gives Microsoft the Boot

As well, anyone who decries the lack of "Linux Documentation" on the Internet should come speak to me. You really should. I, a loud-mouthed advocate for FOSS, with NO formal technical training and computer networking skills; installed, implemented and made operational a 9 city/455 desktop computer business network. Granted, it was a fish-shoot, but I did it and with only the information I gleaned from the internet.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 65

Fedora Weekly News Issue 65

Linux Smartphone Firm May Be Headed for China IPO

Taiwanese entrepreneur Roger Kung has bet on Linux for its low-cost, high-flexibility, customizable user interface. Linux-based smartphones held a 48 percent market share in China in 2004, according to government data. E28 has led the wave of Linux-based smartphones in China as well as overseas.

Dojo 0.4 Is available

It's available to download Dojo 0.4, the Open Source javascript toolkit for professional Web development (Ajax, Web 2.0). This release contains many new features, a lot of bugs closed, better documentation.

Is your software free, open or litigated?

The MS/Linux patent wars begin . . . By agreeing to license Microsoft's intellectual property, SuSE distributor Novell has created a potentially fatal division in what's called F/OSS, the Free/Open Source Software movement. What has Novell done, and why is it so potentially damaging?

Help design tomorrow's Linux desktop

What should the Linux desktop of 2007 and beyond be like? That's what the OSDL wants to know in its latest Linux Client Survey, which runs from now until Dec. 1. The results will help the OSDL's Desktop Working Group work on the areas of development that are critical to users.

Sophisticated Lotus Domino Web 2.0 thin client

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Raj Balasubramanian (Posted by solrac on Nov 6, 2006 11:01 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
See how to leverage the DXL framework to build a Web 2.0-style application to front a Domino database.

QBrew: Home-brewed software for home brewers

When I'm not hacking or writing about hacking, I'm brewing beer. When I say I'm brewing beer, I don't mean that I'm taking some syrupy stuff and adding it to boiling water and hoping for the best. I mean I'm buying various types of grains, various types of hops, some yeast, and potentially some other additives to help balance my brewing water or the pH levels at some point in my brewing process. Now, you can't go throwing all of this stuff together in random quantities and expect to hit your target flavor or style of beer. You need a recipe. This is where QBrew comes in. QBrew is an open source application to aid you in developing a recipe for home brewed beer.

[Now that is my kind of Open Source Software! Free Beer..get it? ;-) - Scott]

A Complete Wrap-up of AstriCon 2006

  • TMCnet; By Pauline Shiu and Michael Becce (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 6, 2006 9:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Asterisk, the leading open source telephony platform, is flourishing and AstriCon – the annual Asterisk conference and exhibition – has become the place to learn about it. Developers, resellers, IT managers and contact center managers grabbed their ten gallon hats and headed to Dallas to learn or to showcase their own Asterisk innovations. There were sessions for all levels, novice to expert, and intimate networking opportunities to meet a literal “who’s who” of open source telephony.

Why I'm sticking with Novell's Linux desktop

Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why.

[Why am I am not surprised. - Scott]

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