Archive for July, 2004

Free software on the streets

July 30th, 2004 | No Comments »

This August, Linux user groups (LUGs), companies, organisations and individuals from around South Africa will get together to celebrate free and open source software. Software Freedom Day, to be held this year on August 28, is the first in what is hoped will be an annual event aimed at increasing awareness about free software. The [...]

Sun to charge governments per-citizen

July 28th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Sun Microsystems says more affordable software is now within reach of developing nations through its new per-citizen pricing model for national and local governments. The unique licensing model available to government entities such as countries, provinces, states and cities in less developed and least developed countries and regions, is based on pricing ranging from US [...]

Four-in-one PC ships with Mandrake

July 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

HP\’s recently launched 441 solution – which effectively offers four PCs in one – is already a hit in centres such as the Limpopo i-Community centre in South Africa and is destined to appear in many other \”developing\” countries in the coming months. The 441, consisting of four keyboard-mouse-screens running on one computer, ships with [...]

Linux or Windows?

July 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

The operating system debate today revolves primarily around Microsoft and Linux. To date, most arguments have focused on the technology itself instead of the operating environments of the two. While business leaders may dip into the debate, they rarely get to grips with the operational ramifications that strategic decisions have on the IT department and [...]

2nd Open source conference for SA in August

July 8th, 2004 | No Comments »

Following the very successful inaugural Open Source Software Africa conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, last year conference organisers Trade Conferences International(TCI) this week announced that they will be hosting the 2nd Open Source Software Africa event next month. Open source software is currently the the fastest growing trend in the IT market, says Beverley [...]

Mono 1.0 is multi-dimensional

July 2nd, 2004 | No Comments »

Novell this week announced the availability of Mono 1.0, an open source development platform based on the .NET framework that allows software developers to build Linux and cross-platform applications. A community initiative sponsored by Novell, the Mono project makes it easier to build and develop applications on Linux and other platforms, allowing developers to get [...]

FOSS on gender agenda

July 2nd, 2004 | No Comments »

Women\’sNet, a non-profit women\’s organisation based in Johannesburg, is hosting a SADC(Southern African Development Community) regional workshop to build awareness and use of free and open source software (FOSS) in the non-profit sector, and women\’s organisations specifically. The workshop will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 6 – 10 September 2004. According to the [...]