Archive for January, 2004

A lone reason for OSS advocates to support the BSA

January 29th, 2004 | 2 Comments »

Stealing is wrong. I know that. You know that. And the Business Software Alliance – that bastion of software piracy prevention – knows that. What I also know is that giving away something – without price or restriction – or allowing anyone to download a copy of my work – under the same conditions – [...]

Open source world gets an Afrikaans spellchecker

January 29th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

A free Afrikaans spell-checker was released last week by South African organisation Translate.org.za. Afrikaans is one of the most widely spoken languages South Africa. The spell-checker allows users to spell check emails and documents in Afrikaans. Over the past two years the Translate.org.za project has been at the forefront of translating popular free software tools [...]

January 2004 News Briefs

January 20th, 2004 | No Comments »

\\headline LinuxWorld 2004 expo attracts big names, and MS \\headline January 20, 2004: The biggest multinational IT vendors and the biggest geeks will rub shoulders at the much anticipated bi-annual LinuxWorld trade show, which starts Wednesday, 21 January 2004. Normally a platform for major Linux announcements, the event has also become famous for its fiery [...]

Software costs more than a year\'s salary for many Africans

January 14th, 2004 | No Comments »

Buying proprietary software for many African users can cost them the equivalent of a year or more\’s income. This is according to Rishab Ghosh, programme leader at Infonomics at Maastricht University, who was speaking at the Idlelo Digital Commons conference in Cape Town, South Africa today. Ghosh, a founder of the online Internet peer-review journal [...]

African OSS developer workshop launched at Idlelo

January 14th, 2004 | No Comments »

The Tactical Technology Collective(TacticalTech) used this week’s Idlelo open source conference in Cape Town, South Africa, to announce a workshop aimed at building the free software and open source developer community on the continent. The conference, called Africa Source, is to be held in Namibia from March 15 to March 19 this year. According to [...]

New methods needed to promote OSS development

January 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

Open standards and the need for new methodologies for funding open source development projects were some of the key issues emerging from the Idlelo Digital Commons conference in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday. Speakers over the past two days have repeatedly stressed the importance of open standards in taking the open source movement forward and [...]

Stallman hits out at open source advocates

January 12th, 2004 | No Comments »

Free Software Foundation(FSF) founder Richard Stallman yesterday opened the Idlelo Digital Commons conference in Cape Town, South Africa, with a stinging attack on the open source movement. Stallman, well known for his unbending belief in free software, said that while the FSF is happy to work with the open source community on certain projects he [...]