Archive for June, 2004

Mac OS X gets latest OpenOffice.org

June 29th, 2004 | No Comments »

OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 is now available for all Mac OS X users. Optimized for the X11 windowing system, the release can be downloaded from the OpenOffice.org Project website, http://www.openoffice.org. Developers of the office suite say this release has \”attained a maturity that enables it to be used as the default productivity suite by individuals and organizations [...]

Taking open source to the rural areas

June 25th, 2004 | No Comments »

South Africa\’s CSIR yesterday formally opened a new dedicated open source centre(OSC) at the Mogalakwena HP i-community centre in the Limpopo province in South Africa. The new centre, established by the CSIR\’s Meraka project, is intended to demonstrate how open source software can be used in rural and community environments. Adi Attar, the OpenSpeak focus [...]

\'Open source the future of IT\' – Shuttleworth

June 25th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Open source software has taken years to evolve and develop but it is \”now at a point where it is about to change the face of the IT industry forever,\” Mark Shuttleworth told visitors to the HP i-community centre in Limpopo, South Africa yesterday. Shuttleworth is the founder of digital certification company Thawte and one [...]

Novell sponsors Linux IPsec project

June 22nd, 2004 | No Comments »

Novell this week announced it is to sponsor the Openswan project, a Linux implementation of the IPsec (IP Security) standard that provides a common approach to securing Internet-based communications. By advancing these IPsec initiatives, Novell says it is helping ensure that organisations migrating to Linux can provide secure remote access to their users. \”Novell has [...]

Free software gets a new home in East Africa

June 22nd, 2004 | No Comments »

The free and open source software (Foss) community has got a new home in East Africa. A recent venture between Linux Solutions, the International Institute of Communication and Development and Uganda Martyrs University has led to the formation of the East African Centre for Open Source Software (EACOSS). Wire Lunghabo James, managing director of Linux [...]

OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 adds font autopilot

June 19th, 2004 | No Comments »

The OpenOffice.org team yesterday announced the release of Hakone, the code name for version 1.1.2 of the very populart open source software office application suite. This new version, which follows less than three months after version 1.1.1 boasts better support for dBase files, improved languiage capabilities as well as introducing the the Font OOo Autopilot. [...]

Ugandan learners look forward to Linux

June 19th, 2004 | No Comments »

Linux Solutions, a Uganda-based FOSS (free and open source software) support company has joined forces with SchoolNet Uganda to build capacity to provide schools in the country with Linux-based thin-client solutions. Daniel Kakinda, excutive director of Schoolnet Uganda, says \”SchoolNet Uganda and Linux Solutions, after very intensive work and time … have made a breakthrough [...]

Cape schools get ten new Linux labs – in three hours

June 17th, 2004 | 3 Comments »

The Shuttleworth Foundation together with volunteers from the Schools Linux User Group (SLUG) yesterday installed more than 200 Linux-based PCs in ten schools around the city of Cape Town. The \”mega-install\”, timed to coincide with the celebration of the annual Youth Day public holiday in South Africa, was completed within just three hours of the [...]

Better word counts for OpenOffice.org

June 14th, 2004 | 2 Comments »

If you\’re a writer, or indeed anyone that works with words on a regular basis, you may have bumped your head against one of the more significant, in my opinion, ommissions from OpenOffice.org: the lack of a selection-based word count feature. By default OpenOffice.org includes the \”properties\” dialogue which offers general parameters for the document [...]

Direq-ting Internet users

June 8th, 2004 | No Comments »

DireqCafe 3.0, an Internet cafe management suite designed to run on the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) system, was released last week. AJ Venter, the South Africa-based developer of the system, says this new version involved a rewrite of much of the original application, although compatibility with versions 1x and 2x has been maintained. Venter [...]