Archive for August, 2003

Another one for the OSS conference calendar

August 4th, 2003 | No Comments »

If the number of conferences on any one topic are a good measure of a sector\’s health then open source is looking very healthy indeed with yet another OSS conference scheduled for South Africa. Just two weeks ago the Free Software and Open Source Foundation announced Idlelo, an Open Source conference planned for January in [...]

Sapila targets \'pirates\' with OfficeWare

August 4th, 2003 | No Comments »

SA-based Sapila has released the first version of its OfficeWare suite, a re-working of the StarOffice suite, which the company hopes will be snapped up by cash-strapped businesses. Sapila MD Mike Mackay, says the company will charge R650 for the OfficeWare suite with reduced charges for bulk licenses. Although not developed locally, the OfficeWare suite [...]

Government, ICT and Open Source Software

August 4th, 2003 | No Comments »

Nhlanhla Mabaso is the Open Source Manager at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR). He has also been a key member of the South African Government\’s Open Source Workgroup which was instrumental in drawing up the State\’s OSS strategy. He previously worked for the Departement of Public Service and Administration with minister [...]

New Xandros distributor for Africa

August 4th, 2003 | No Comments »

The user-friendly Xandros Linux distribution has a new distributor in Africa. Bisarts, which recently purchased the software distribution business from SA-based Genosys, now also owns the OEM and VAR licenses for the whole of Africa. Managing Director Anton van den Berg says the company is looking particularly to pick up users from the many that [...]

A round of applause for Pink Software

August 1st, 2003 | No Comments »

On 7 July 2003, local software development house Pink Software took one of the boldest moves yet in the South African software development scene and announced that they were going to re-license their flagship commercial product, TurboCash, under the GNU GPL. The move effectively turned TurboCash into an open source offering, meaning that it would [...]

« go back