ODF Plugfest London review

by S J Mackintosh on 10/12/2014

The Open Document Society delivered the 10th ODF plugfest in London today, enabling the further development and enhancement of the Open Document Format (ODF). The event was hosted by the Cabinet Office. 27 technical experts from 8 nations to jointly improve the quality and operations of this open ...

D5 Digital nations bridging the technology divide

by S J Mackintosh on 09/12/2014

This year, England became the first country in the world to mandate teaching computing skills to children at primary and secondary schools. The D5 Digital Nations summit is meeting today in London to discuss how the divide can be bridged between technology in education, public sector and industry ...

Secure website risk from the POODLE bug

by Stuart Mackintosh & Colin Newell on 15/10/2014

Following other recent high-profile security concerns, researchers at Google have discovered a flaw in SSL version 3, the acronym “POODLE” has been coined - “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption”. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is a protocol for encryption a ...

Shellshock bug - What you need to know

by Stuart J Mackintosh on 26/09/2014

"Shellshock" is the label for the bug in the widely used Bash program, installed on many Open Source devices and has been present for over 20 years. You may assume that you do not use Linux or Open Source so this does not apply to you, but the chances are that you rely on it for your work or ente ...

Odoo 8 release summary

by Stuart Mackintosh on 19/09/2014

The long-awaited Odoo 8 Enterprise Management application has now been officially released. Although originally planned for early this year, the release has taken the application broader and deeper than originally imagined. For example, Odoo states that it has invested 12,500 eng ...

Open Source and the US military

by Sherrilyn Brighton on 02/09/2014

Vivin Paliath is a US software engineer for Infusionsoft. He is also a Sergeant in the Arizona Army National Guard and from 2005 to 2006, served a tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his deployment, Vivin's Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was a ...

UK Governments adopts open document format as standard

by Sherrilyn Brighton on 30/07/2014

Despite Microsoft's best efforts during the long-running standards battle, the UK government has now formally adopted the open document format (ODF) as the standard format for the exchange of government documents, both between departments and with citizens and suppliers.

Red Hat Software Linux hits 20 years

by Sherrilyn Brighton on 29/07/2014

On the twentieth anniversary since the first Red Hat Software Linux release, what impact has that little CD had on the world of business software? 1994. Tim Robbins navigated the prison sewers in The Shawshank Redemption. Tom Hanks met the president, fought in the Vietnam War and ...

Signs of progress with Government IT

by Sherrilyn Brighton on 02/07/2014

We have long been extolling the virtues of Open Source and a collaborative approach in both the private and public sector; governments in nations around the world have been benefiting for years, including the US, Germany, Spain, Jamaica and Australia. With its Government Service Design Manual, ...

.uk domains launched 10th June 2014

by Stuart Mackintosh on 10/06/2014

Nominet have enabled the registration of the new shorter ".uk" domain name space in addition to their existing .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk variants. Charges for the .uk space are the same as the existing Nominet domain names. ...