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Adlibre's Open Source Document Management Software - a sneak preview of new UI

I'm pleased to announce that we've been very busy at Adlibre working on the public release of the Adlibre DMS document management system. It's not yet up on Adlibre's github page, but it will be there very soon...

Unlike other document management software, we've built this to be Open and Scalable right from the get-go. So it's 100% open source, and has a flexible plugin architecture, so you can easily adjust the software to your requirements.

We've taken the view that document archiving in a business should be secure and ubiquitous. A document ...

— Andrew


Adlibre TMS - a free Timesheet & Expense tracking system for Saasu

Finally after far too much development, and bouts of bitrot we've released our Adlibre TMS - timesheet and expense tracking system as open source software.

Adlibre TMS is an easy to use timesheet and expense tracking system with web service API interfaces to Saasu online accounting. With Adlibre TMS it is trivial to bill clients to time and expenses.

This tool has been designed with contractors and consultants in mind, yet it is flexible enough to bend to fit almost any business.

We wrote this application for our own needs and are now making it 100% freely available. The source ...

— Andrew


Ascendos - the start of something big

Generic Enterprise Linux is now days too important. We believe it's used by too many people (and large organisations) for the release cycles, the future and the engagement of the community to be beholden to one project.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a real community driven Enterprise Linux (EL) project? One that was accountable to it's user-base, and could engage the Enterprise Linux community (and commercial users) in new ways?

What about an Enterprise Linux project that was able to reduce the duplication of effort in debranding our favourite upstream distro? Leading to benefits for ...

— Andrew


Distribute.IT hack, a tale of woe and what can we learn

The recent high profile hack of Distribute.IT has been generating quite a lot of noise over the last few days amongst the Australian Internet industry. And we've received a few emails from our dedicated hosting customers wanting to know more about the details of the hack and how it could affect them.

The truth is, most of the details surrounding the "hack" are sketchy. But we do know:

  • Four of Distribute.IT's shared hosting servers were involved,
  • Comprising over 4,800 sites involved
  • Offline, or otherwise logically separated backups were not available
  • and all data, websites and ...

— Andrew


When will CentOS 6 be released?

Update 20100-07-11: Out the gates...

CentOS 6 is now released!

Update 2011-07-04: Asking the wrong question...

You should be asking "When will AscendOS be released" ;)

Update 2011-07-04: Crystal ball gazing...

I'm putting money on CentOS 6 being out the gates by the end of this week...

Update 2011-06-06: Release date has slipped...

Looks like it's a case of CentOS 6 will be "done when it's done". The release date is now estimated to be 13th June 2011. But who really knows, Karanbir previously said "if you need something to plan against - think 4 to 6 weeks" (11 ...

— Andrew


How autocracies are moving Open Source into the mainstream

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting followup commentary on the news that the Russians are planning to move to GNU/Linux and on how this is shaping the trajectory of Open Source:

...his real fear is that Russia's growing dependence on proprietary software, especially programs sold by foreign vendors, has immense implications for the country's national security. Free open-source software, by its nature, is unlikely to feature secret back doors that lead directly to Langley, Va.

Continue reading at the Wall Street Journal

— Andrew


OSI Refers Novell Acquisition To Competition Authorities

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has taken the unprecedented step of referring the proposed sale of Novell's patents to the CPTN consortium (led by Microsoft) to the German competition authorities.

The fact that Microsoft was leading the takeover of Novell’s patents was itself alarming to the open source community, but when it was revealed that Microsoft had recruited Oracle, Apple, and EMC to be co-owners of the patents, the OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction. We found that the German Federal Cartel Office ...

— Andrew


Russians Move to GNU/Linux

This could be the biggest single government push for free / open source software we've seen yet.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today signed a document that describes the timetable for the transition of power structures on free software (OSS):

The document is ... called a "transition plan of the federal authorities and federal budgetary institutions on the use of free software, and covers the period from 2011 to 2015

This policy will be enacted 2nd quarter 2012. Could 2012 be the 'year of Linux' for Russians, of at least those in Government service?

— Andrew


2010 - The year open source went invisible

The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible.

It's taken a while, but now it seems main stream media have realised that OSS (Open Source Software) is not the secret sauce for technology startups and online juggernauts: it is an unavoidable necessity.

in 2010 we saw open source pervade every area of software, and it became particularly evident in the strategies of web giants like Facebook and Google. For such companies, open source wasn't a business model, per se. Instead, it became an essential element of a great variety of business models ...

— Andrew


Google gets hacked, Ditches Windows

Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

Google ditches Windows on security concerns

— Andrew


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