Archive for November, 2003

FSF founder Richard Stallman to open Cape Town conference

November 28th, 2003 | No Comments »

Richard Stallman, a founder of the Free Software Foundation and one of the most outspoken advocates of free software will be the opening keynote speaker at next year\’s Idlelo conference in Cape Town. Derek Keats, Executive Director of Information & Communication Services at the University of the Wetern Cape, yesterday confirmed that Stallman would be [...]

SA company launches Linux-based telecoms solution

November 28th, 2003 | No Comments »

Telecommunications company Isis Information Systems, part of the JSE Securities Exchange listed Altech group, has launched VoucherSure – a Linux-based open source pre-paid voucher solution for the prepaid air-time recharge market in South Africa and Africa. Ben Coetzer, new business development manager at Isis, says VoucherSure – which is 100% locally developed – allows users [...]

Nov 28 briefs

November 28th, 2003 | No Comments »

\\headline Industry group fights SCO with Linux education \\headline The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a Linux consortium funded by most of the computing industry\’s major companies, has launched the open-source industry\’s latest counterattack to the SCO Group\’s attack on Linux: an education campaign designed to raise awareness of how the Linux kernel is developed. [...]

Gauteng government committed to open source software

November 24th, 2003 | No Comments »

\”Government is committed to finding ways for small [open source] companies to grow and sustain their development,\” Mike Roussos, CEO of the Government Shared Services Centre(GSSC) said last week. Roussos was speaking at a seminar on transforming the public sector through IT. GSSC is a South African Gauteng provincial government initiative that aims to centralise [...]

Hackers called to convene under mountain\'s shadow

November 20th, 2003 | No Comments »

South Africa\’s interest in Open Source Software is evident with Idlelo OSS open source conference following in the wake of Conference International\’s OSS convention in Johannesburg earlier this year. Idlelo OSS, scheduled for early January 2004 in Cape Town, is designed to address the need for affordable and adaptable IT options in Africa. Idlelo is [...]

PostgreSQL 7.4 queries \'up to 400% faster now\'

November 19th, 2003 | No Comments »

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) has released version 7.4 of the PostgreSQL Object Relational Database Management System (ORDBMS). PGDG says this release is the work of \”our world wide network of hundreds of developers and contributors over the last 9 months. It provides commercial-grade enterprise database functionality and performance with the flexibility and low [...]

Africa\'s own Linux distribution

November 12th, 2003 | 4 Comments »

UPDATE: Impi ISO available at: ftp://ftp.is.co.za/linux/distributions/impi/impi-1.0.iso South Africa now has its own variant of Linux called Impi, a Zulu word for describing a a group warriors. The distribution has been developed over a period of two years and now launched by the Impi League. Ross Addis, technology consultant at MIP Holdings and chairman of the [...]

In one breath what is the connection between Novell, SCO, Linux, and SuSE?

November 6th, 2003 | No Comments »

Unix was developed by AT&T in the 70\’s but many critical patents were sold to Novell who later sold the rights to the operating system to Santa Cruz Operation. Santa Cruz Operation renamed itself Tarantella and eventually sold it\’s Unix rights to Caldera International, who produced the Caldera Linux distribution, before renaming itself as the [...]

6Nov Briefs

November 6th, 2003 | No Comments »

\\headline New Red Fedora Hat sighted \\headline 6 November, 2003: Fedora Core 1, which is the first edition of source code for Fedora, Red Hat\’s free, development-oriented distribution, has been released. Red Hat will publish up to 3 versions of Fedora annually, with packages absorbed from the developer community, although Red Hat will provide no [...]

SA accounting gets smart

November 5th, 2003 | No Comments »

Looking for open source accounting software? South African developers have produced one of the open source world\’s most comprehensive accounting applications, says Andre Coetzee, a founder and leader of the Cubit project. And version 3.0 of the web-based application was released earlier this month with a number of enhancements planned for version 3.1 due out [...]

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