Archive for May, 2004

Migrating to Linux – one step at a time

May 28th, 2004 | No Comments »

If yours is a small five person company, migrating to Linux in one big push might just work, said James Thomas, speaking at Novell\’s annual Brainshare conference in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday. \”But if you\’re an enterprise, you need to plan the migration very carefully.\” \”There are very few organsiations that can afford to do [...]

\'Giving back to OSS\' – Novell

May 28th, 2004 | No Comments »

Novell this week said its involvement in the open source community is intended to foster greater development in the sector. Ed Anderson, Novell\’s vice president for enterprise, said during the opening address ofthe three day long Brainshare conference that the company is trying to \”give back to the open source community more than we have [...]

Open source shopping

May 27th, 2004 | No Comments »

South African software development company PhiBlue this week released i-Order, an online ordering, tracking and management tool for retailers in the B2B and B2C market. Walied Allie, technical director of PhiBlue, says i-Order is based on Java and built on open source technology, meaning there are no costly licence implications. The product is provided free [...]

Roll your own Linux distribution

May 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

There was a time when the idea of building your own custom Linux OS was unthinkable for all but the most dedicated, foolhardy or skilled. Today, however, that has changed and it is not completely inconceivable for almost anyone to build their own version of Linux. Thanks primarily to the excellent work of the Knoppix [...]

OSS gets the Shuttleworth treatment

May 12th, 2004 | No Comments »

Public awareness of open source software is due to get a healthy boost in South Africa over the next two years, thanks to the efforts of Mark Shuttleworth, The Shuttleworth Foundation, HP and the CSIR. The conglomerate of parties have committed R9 million to the promotion of open source for 2004, and are expected to [...]

Insight into the African Open Source movement

May 10th, 2004 | No Comments »

African software developers face many obstacles as they struggle to grow professionally in their chosen field. But these \”coders\”, as a group, form a community marked less by their frustration and isolation than by their perseverance and resolve. This theme dominated AfricaSource, a workshop held in Namibia in March, 2004. The meeting of 40 developers [...]

African schools Linux distribution releases community edition

May 10th, 2004 | 4 Comments »

DireqLearn, developers of the OpenLab Linux thin-client solution, today announced the release of a community edition of their software. \”The Free and Open-Source Software communities gave us the tools we use. This is our gift back to them, the results of using those tools,\” says A.J. Venter, lead developer on the OpenLab project. Venter says [...]

Consortium to bring Open Source to the masses

May 10th, 2004 | No Comments »

The Shuttleworth Foundation, HP, the CSIR, and Mark Shuttleworth have jointly announced the commencement of the Go Open Source Campaign. Go Open Source is a nationwide awareness campaign promoting the adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) in South Africa, and will run for the next two years. The campaign has a total budget of R18 [...]