Archive for October, 2003

Linux desktop training demand grows

October 28th, 2003 | No Comments »

Responding to the growing demand for Linux desktop training, Obsidian Systems has added a new course to its offering, say Warren Bell, lead trainer at the company. Bell says the new Linux desktop trainingoffered by the company will help corporate IT departments prepare to roll out Linux desktops thoughout their organisations. Bell says the reason [...]

October27 Briefs

October 27th, 2003 | No Comments »

\\headline Linux out of this world \\headline ZDNet reported this week that Nasa is using a Linux machine from Silicon Graphics with 256 Itanium 2 processors and plans to double that soon. It seems the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has long been a customer of SGI\’s high-end computers using its Irix operating system and [...]

SA government launches open source centre

October 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

Government on last week deepened it commitment to open source software when it co-launched the CSIR\’s Meraka open source resource centre. The centre is jointly sponsored by the CSIR – the country\’s industrial and scientific research parastatal – and the Department of Science and Technology and has been established to stimulate the development and implementation [...]

Brazil, Russia and IBM pursue Linux

October 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

The Brazilian Government and IBM have signed a letter of intent stating a common interest in concentrating their efforts and resources to develop technology based on open standards, such as Linux. Initially, the objective is to foster the use of open-source operating systems within the public sector by creating the infrastructure and professional skills needed. [...]

FotoFirst clicks with Linux

October 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

The Teltron group, owners of FotoFirst and other retail photography businesses, has turned to Linux to manage its software and data synchronisation across the its more than 80 branches in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The company has deployed Obsidian Systems\’ Synchrony solution to manage its network of point of sale terminals. Teltron systems manager [...]

Open Society Initiative releases ICT programme guidelines

October 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) recently launched its new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) program guidelines and is inviting organisations to engage with OSISA on developing effective proposal for ICT\’s and Development in Southern Africa: VISION A region whereby citizens live equitably, free from poverty and the suffocating grip of underdevelopment and [...]

October17 Briefs

October 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

\\headline Israel suspends Microsoft\’s government work \\headline In a bold assertion of independence, Israel has thrown the full weight of its antitrust legislation at Microsoft. According to The Register the Israeli Ministry of Commerce has suspended all governmental contracts with Microsoft, and indicated that the ban will last throughout 2004. The suspension means no upgrades [...]

Linux – A new target for virus threats?

October 19th, 2003 | 3 Comments »

When people think of malicious attacks on a businesses network, most assume that the organisation has in preparation ensured its network and nodes have the latest version of anti-virus software, additional protection in the form of gateway protection, intrusion detection and in some cases, intrusion prevention, firewalls and all the necessary tools to prevent a [...]

Our Linux strategy – Sun Exec

October 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

The issue that keeps me, and our customers up at night isn\’t whether we have a Linux strategy-it is whether we have a Java and Web services strategy. Customers ask me all the time \”where should I be building applications and developing skills?\” C or Posix don\’t make any sense as a target, at least [...]

Sun gets Real with Project Mad Hatter

October 8th, 2003 | No Comments »

Sun\’s Linux-based Propject Mad Hatter(officially known as the Java Desktop) has received the endorsement of RealNetworks with the conclusion of a distribution agreement in terms of which Sun will redistribute RealPlayer. Dumisani Mtoba, senior systems engineer at Sun Microsystems SA says Project Mad Hatter is designed to deliver a secure, affordable enterprise desktop solution, while [...]

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