Archive for September, 2003

Ark sails in on Linux tide

September 26th, 2003 | 3 Comments »

Ark Linux 1.0 alpha 9 Download: www.arklinux.com As someone who is more of an OSS enthusiast than a technical expert, there are some Linux issues which continue to bug me. If there is a such a wide range of software so freely available, why are Linux apps so difficult to install and get working? And [...]

Fossfa portal secures funding

September 26th, 2003 | No Comments »

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (Fossfa) has secured funding for the development of the Fossfa web site. The Euro 25000 funding is to be supplied by the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Development Countries(HIVOS). Bildad Kagai, co-ordinator of the foundation says development of the Fossfa portal is expected to take eight [...]

Sun\'s Linux desktop looking to spur Java development

September 26th, 2003 | No Comments »

Sun Microsystems last week officially launched its Linux-based desktop suite during its SunNetwork Conference. The suite, which is based around a Linux core and bundled with many of the most popular and mature open source applications available, is being marketed by Sun as a low cost alternative to the many other desktop options currently available. [...]

iLAB launches open source division

September 26th, 2003 | No Comments »

iLAB Enterprise Open Source (EOS) is the most recent addition to the local open source market and was officially launched earlier this month. The organisation is also the most recent business within the iLAB Group of Companies. \”With most open source software applications having matured into stable and powerful enterprise applications globally, iLAB EOS aims [...]

\'If you\'re not scared you don\'t understand\'

September 26th, 2003 | 1 Comment »

\”If IP(Internet Protocol) has the ability to give rural and urban citizens access to low cost and high-quality communications African governments had better have a good reason for blocking it,\” Andrew McLaughlin of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School told delegates at last week\’s Internet Week in Johannesburg. McLaughlin, a [...]

NGOs focus on open source software

September 26th, 2003 | No Comments »

The Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network (Sangonet) will turn its focus on open source software early next week when the organisation hosts its latest Thetha conference. The topic for the Thetha, or discusion forum, to be held on September 30 in Johannesburg will be \”Free and Open Source Software: Benefits & Challenges to Civil Society\”. [...]

September 22 news briefs

September 22nd, 2003 | No Comments »

\\headline Linux govt support grows \\headline More than two dozen countries are considering proposals to promote or require the use of Linux in government offices according to the information technology unit of the city of Vienna which is looking to convert 15000 Windows desktops to Linux. More at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/33035.html \\headline Sun to support AMD with [...]

OpenOffice heads for RC5, full release next week?

September 15th, 2003 | No Comments »

OpenOffice.org release candidate 5 is likely to be released early this week with a full release provisionally planned for next week according to Craig Adams of the OpenOffice.org marketing project. When Tectonic reviewed OpenOffice.org RC3 a few weeks ago (Review) a full release version of the office suite was expected within days. Adams says, however, [...]

Wits offers Linux course

September 15th, 2003 | No Comments »

Users looking to expand their understanding of the open source Linux operating system can now sign up for a two day course hosted by the computer science department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The two day course, to be run on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2003, will cater for computer [...]

Open Source high on media agenda

September 9th, 2003 | 2 Comments »

Editor at large Open source software featured high on the agenda of this week\’s HighwayAfrica 2003 conference in Grahamstown, South Africa. The annual conference attracts journalists and media representatives from across the African as well as from outside of the continent. Although the conference, now in its seventh year of existence, is primarily focused on [...]

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