Archive for February, 2004

Arkateq appointed SuSE Linux business partner

February 29th, 2004 | No Comments »

South African Linux solutions provider Arkateq has been appointed a SuSE Linux business partner which the company says will strengthen its \”open source drive\”. \”As a SUSE Business Partner, we will have access to product information before the product is released. This will enable us to advise our customers on the best strategy, and product, [...]

JabberAfrica to get Africa\'s \'digital liberation\' moving

February 29th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Bruce Cohen, founder of South Afric\’a\’s newest Jabber server says open source software has a powerful role to play in the developing world and can be equated to a \”digital liberation\” movement. Cohen says that the launch of a local Jabber server – at www.jabberafrica.org – is aimed at assisting local developers to participate in [...]

The relevance of Linux in a stagnant IT market

February 29th, 2004 | No Comments »

\”IT is not the blue-eyed boy it used to be,\” says Anton de Wet, CTO of South African Linux services and training company . De Wet says today\’s companies and IT managers are caught in a difficult position. On the one hand, they need to continue to spend money to innovate and maintain their competitive [...]

Fossfa warns Govts against Microsoft

February 18th, 2004 | 5 Comments »

Free Software and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (Fossfa) co-ordinator Bildad Kagai today issued a stongly-worded warning to African governments that are – or are planning to – enter into \”deals\” with the Microsoft Corporation saying they were jeopordising their local software industry as well as limiting the potential of ICT development in their [...]

Sun looks at education market for Java Desktop users

February 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

Sun Microsysytems is looking to roll out its Java Desktop software to schools an universities. According to Sun the operating system and desktop will only set users back in the region of R180 per desktop per year. A figure the company says is dramatically cheaper than other alternatives on the market. Included in package will [...]

Cape-based Linux trainer adds SuSE Linux to lineup

February 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

RPC Data South Africa has received certification from Novell\’s SuSE Linux business unit to become the first official training partner for SuSE Linux in sub-Saharan Africa. Christian Kroker, marketing director at RPC Data says \”high quality technical training in Africa is rare. RPC is delighted to add the SuSE Linux curriculum to our range of [...]

Open source software on agenda for SA government ICT conference

February 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

Open source software will be one of the main issues on the agenda when this year\’s 5th annual ICT in Government Convention kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa later this month. The conference, to run from 24 to 25 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, will include presentations from open source advocates such as Nhlanhla [...]

Sun launches software support services for OpenOffice.org software

February 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

Looking for software support for OpenOffice.org? Sun Microsystem, one of the founders and a primary sponsor of the OpenOffice.org open source project, has added software support for the productivity to its lineup. According to Chris van Niekerk, regional support managerat Sun Microsystems SA, this move enhances the company\’s current support for the StarOffice productivity suite, [...]

Novell rolls out Red Carpet

February 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

Novell, which recently acquired development house Ximian, has released the software management tool Red Carpet Enterprise 2. Red Carpet allows users of a range of Linux distributions to centralise and automate the management of software updates. Paulo Ferreira, techical manager at Novell South Africa, says customers can deploy Red Carpet Enterprise in as little as [...]

FOSSREC training to spur African adoption of OSS

February 2nd, 2004 | No Comments »

The Free and Open Source Software Resource Centre(Fossrec) is to stage a series of OSS training workshops in Ghana later this year. Organisers say the courses will cater for both users new to Linux as well as those looking for more advanced Linux skills. The training, to be run during the month of March in [...]

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