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GIMP Gone from Sourceforge

GIMP Download Moved from Sourceforge to Gimp.org

gimp gone from sourceforge thumbnailThe GIMP Windows installer package download was removed from Sourceforge by the developers of the software. Citing the recent changes made by Sourceforge where their own so-called “installer” package is pushed in visitors faces, GIMP announced they could not expose GIMP users to this practice.

The GIMP is available directly from www.gimp.org and this is the only download anyone looking the application should use now.

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iTunes 11 for 64 bit Windows

iTunes 11 for Windows – New Look Media Player

iTunes 11 looks different. That’s the first thing that grabs one’s attention. Apple have designed iTunes 11 to strongly resemble the Mac App Store…  It looks totally different; a brand new icon, different user interface, edgeless design, and most noticeable the familiar sidebar – or I should say, no sidebar! You can get the sidebar back; click the View menu and select “Show Sidebar”. The good news for sidebar fans is the icons are once again in colour – something lost with iTunes 10

image of iTunes 11 new look

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Which ERP Solution

ERP Solutions for Small Business – Which One?

ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions are the next step up from a basic accounting package.

An ERP system integrates internal and external management information across an entire organization; finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. ERP systems automate this activity with an integrated software application. The purpose of ERP is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization… (Wikipadia.org)

ERP Solutions are not for everyone. First of all they are much more complicated to set-up and get working, and a a lot harder to use somatimes too. They can also cost a lot of money. Most small business owners may be satisfied with a basic accounting system, e.g. Quickbooks or similar. But what about the business profesional starting his (or her) own small enterprise, but coming form a corproate or large business envirnment: Such person will be used to a fully integrated system to manage all aspects of the business from a central point, using a single software application.

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The Best Thing About WordPress

What is the Best Thing About WordPress

Where to start to find the single best thing about WordPress. There are so many really great things about WordPress it can be hard to choose any single reason.

Some Great Things About WordPress

  1. WordPress is a really excellent blogging platform, if not the very best blogging tool available.
  2. Then there’s the ease of use for end users. This feature alone is one of the best things about WordPress.
  3. WordPress is also a pretty darn good CMS for a website. Granted it may need some additions (plugins) to really shine as a CMS, but then what CMS provides all the requirements in its basic format. Drupal doesn’t, Joomla doesn’t. And WordPress as a CMS gets better monthly, weekly, may I venture to say daily?
  4. It’s Open Source. What more can I say. It’s free to use, free to modify, free to customise. The source code is not hidden or protected by volumes of legal documentation and restrictions.
  5. There are thousands of ways to modify WordPress. Plugins to extend functions and themes to present your content to audiences in the way you want.
  6. WordPress can even be used as a source of income. Developers, administrators, themers, supporters, instructors can all make a living from WordPress – isn’t that a great feature too!
  7. And let’s not forget WordPress.com which is the best blogging platform available for everyone. Easy to use, hosted on really excellent servers (just look at the time it takes google-bot to load an average page – around 500 ms – i.e. 0.5 of a second), and just consider how many blogs are hosted on WordPress.com, how busy the site is. And then look at how well WordPres.com blogs can do in Google SERP. With a 10/10 domain authority it only takes good quality content to get onto page 1.

Any one of these factors could be chosen for the best thing about WordPress, but for me the best thing about WordPress is:

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Open Source Software Popularity

Open Source Becoming Mainstream

“Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process” (Open Source Initiative)

Considering a poll being conducted on eWEEKeurope open source software is gaining penetration with business users.

OpenSource Poll Results

OpenSource Poll Results

47% of respondents significantly favour open source applications, and a further 15% are trying it out.

Slightly more tha 63% of responders make use of OpenSource to some extent.

A further 8% state they might use it but are locked into propretory software.

Only 13% said they they do not trust it.

Operating Systems:

Refering to a Softpedia article, Linux makes up 40.6% of the operating systems in use, while Microsoft Windows still holds a narrowing lead of 57.5%

Open Source in South African Public Sector

As far back as 2003 open source software started gaining support at official levels in South Africa. In 2003 the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Indsustrial Research) Launched an project to assist in the development of open source in the region (SouthAfrica.info).

A number of Government departments today rely on opensource, including The Northern Cape Provincial Government, Department of Land Affairs, and SA Revenue Services (Linux and Oracle). Education also makes extensive use of open source applications for in-school computer learning programs.

Facebook and Twitter Opensource.

I wonder how many of the approximate 800 million Facebook users realise the worlds most used social media network is based on open source technology.

Then there are the more than 600 million users of Twitter, another major open source appplication. How many of the 13% who ‘do not trust’ open source are regular tweeters, and spend hours every week on Facebook?

WordPress

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