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Over the last couple of years the South African government has become something of a global leader among governments making the move towards open source software. Its much publicised open source strategy and the very public face of the various open source working groups, together with the many open source-based pilot projects being run by the State Information Technology Agency, have done wonders for the profile of open source software in the country and even in the broader African region.
ARM Joins TimeSys OnBoard Program; TimeSys Joins ARM Connected Community TimeSys® Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux® technologies and development tools, today announced a partnership with ARM to deliver fully commercialized 2.6-based Linux distributions for the ARM® architecture to semiconductor vendors and OEMs worldwide. In this alliance, ARM will join the TimeSys OnBoard Program(tm), the embedded Linux industry's only comprehensive program for hosting, certifying, distributing and supporting commercialized custom Linux distributions. TimeSys will also become a member of the ARM Connected Community, joining a global network of companies providing solutions for products based on the ARM architecture.
OnBoard Program Rapidly Delivers Latest Linux from Partners and Open Source Community to OEMs/ODMs
While everyone else praises Firefox's speed and rendering features, some still prefer to do their browsing in text mode.
Need to integrate your Windows and Linux machines over a network? One tool that may help is VNC, a frame-buffer-based client/server application that lets you display desktops on remote networked machines, and which runs on all kinds of platforms, including Linux, Unix, Macs, Windows, and mainframes.
The corporate desktop GNU/Linux distribution is a relatively new invention, having begun with SUSE Desktop, then followed by Sun's Java Desktop System and Red Hat Desktop. But with much less fanfare, Mandrakesoft released a Corporate Desktop product last January. It's cheaper, has no minimum purchase requirement, and has support options of from one to five years. Compared to the alternatives, Mandrake Corporate Desktop is suited more for smaller shops that need a cost-effective and reliable desktop platform with corporate support.
Learn how to use the Unified ODBC extension for PHP with Apache 2.
Released second version of GoblinX, a liveCD based on Slackware, with a lot of improvements and new stuff, and also new themes for a better visual desktop.
In this tutorial, we'll look at two great utilities: Tuxcards, the ultimate digital notebook and organizer of zillions of tiny bits of information, and how to use SpamAssassin with KMail without having to run your own mailserver.
March's Application of the Month covers KSpread, the spreadsheet program from KOffice. Markus Grob introduces us to using KSpread and we have an interview with its maintainer Laurent Montel.
Even if you have good reasons for sticking with Windows, you can still keep your desktop applications open source. OpenOffice.org, the GIMP, Gaim, and Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird are all pretty obvious choices when it comes to software most of us use on a daily basis. There are, however, quite a few other useful applications that can help you to deal with the daily grind.
Novell's Jack Messman might be one of the last honest businessmen, unafraid to change his mind and his company's direction, but never afraid to tell the truth when he discovers it. On the other hand, he simply might not be able to remember what his company's marketing message was just a few years ago. I'm betting on the latter.
To introduce beginners to the RUP framework, the process of software development is often compared to the construction process. But software development with the RUP is actually more like making a movie than building a house, as this article suggests.
JBoss offers insight to raising open-source businesses.
Wine -- the open source implementation of the Windows API on X and Unix -- is a tool that you may never need. Its development seems to have been driven primarily by games and office suites available on the Windows platform, but not on Linux. Since I'm happy with the games available natively to Linux, and I don't have much need for office suites, that means I haven't been watching Wine mature over the years. But now I've got an itch that I can only scratch with a shareware app for Windows, so I thought it was time I installed Wine to see if it could bring some relief.
The open source model of billing for services rather than charging licence fees seems to be working for JBoss.
Analysts believe JBoss Network goes some way to closing the gap with IBM WebSphere, Oracle Application Server and BEA WebLogic.
News from the release building effort for 2005.0, infrastructure
moves and changes, a heads-up for shifting sys-apps in
the tree and a call for business user testimonials dominate this
Weekly Newsletter. The featured developer section is back from several
months of hiatus, this week with the maintainer of Gentoo's package database
site, and the Gentoo International section carries two important reminders
for shows in the UK and Germany next weekend, and a report from another
expo in Germany that closed yesterday. Starting this week, the GWN
has moved the security announcements and the Bugzilla statistics to the
end of the newsletter, and besides the Gentoo in the press clippings we
also have a tip on using emerge in clever ways you may not be
Suddenly, new companies based on free and open source software (FOSS) are being noticed again. Reading about companies like Alacos and Black Duck Software, I realize that it has been six years since FOSS began to have a market impact. Now, with the dot-com crash and a recession in the technology sector behind us, companies are still trying to answer the question, "How can we make money from FOSS?" I can't pretend to give a complete answer, but here are a few observations that might improve the odds.
The Kubuntu project
is the result of the Ubuntu's
effort to satisfy the KDE fans of its distribution. The first test release of Kubuntu 5.04 was recently released. You may download an iso
OSDir installed Kubuntu and grabbed some nice screenshots for your viewing pleasure. Now you can click the shots to view the unscaled PNGs!
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