The NY Times looks at Mark Shuttleworth and UBUNTU…

Sabinet has adopted UBUNTU as its first choice as a server operating system. The article below didn’t surprise us at all:

In December, hundreds of these controversial software developers gathered for one week at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. They came from all over the world, sporting many of the usual signs of software mercenaries: jeans, ponytails, unruly facial hair and bloodshot eyes. All the fuss at the meeting centered on something called Ubuntu and a man named Mark Shuttleworth, the charismatic 35-year-old billionaire from South Africa who functions as the spiritual and financial leader of this coding clan.

Created just over four years ago, Ubuntu (pronounced oo-BOON-too) has emerged as the fastest-growing and most celebrated version of the Linux operating system, which competes with Windows primarily through its low, low price: $0.

More than 10 million people are estimated to run Ubuntu today, and they represent a threat to Microsoft’s hegemony in developed countries and perhaps even more so in those regions catching up to the technology revolution.

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The Library of Congress have published a new set of photos in their Flickr Commons account…

[Copenhagen, Helsingborg, Sweden] (LOC), originally uploaded by The Library of Congress.

The 169 glorious and majestic views of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark in Photochrom Travel Views are part of a much larger collection that they will be sharing on Flickr as they move from the top of the world on down. It gives a magnificent then & now perspective… Click on the image to open the album.

Students to get cut-price Internet access

STUDENTS at 10 universities will be offered possibly the cheapest Internet access in the country under a scheme to build wireless hotspots on campuses.

Internet Solutions will spend up to R1m creating the wireless networks, and promises free connectivity for the first two months followed by a permanent discount to just a third of the normal fee.

Internet Solutions has been brought on board by Intel, the world’s largest microchip manufacturer, which announced the project on Friday as one of its two initiatives to boost SA’s standard of education.

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