Archive for August, 2004

Novell to launch national Linux support centre in SA

August 30th, 2004 | No Comments »

Novell South Africa is putting the final touches to a plan to roll out a national Linux support centre in South Africa before the end of the year. The new centre will be available to both Novell clients with a service contract as well as to users of other OSS products who will be charged [...]

Red Hat skills on offer at Software Freedom Day

August 27th, 2004 | No Comments »

Obsidian Systems will be giving away a full Red Hat Linux training course to one of the many thousands of visitors expected at the Gauteng Software Freedom Day celebrations and install-fest on August 28. The install-fest is being organised by the Gauteng Linux User Group (GLUG) and includes a product expo, demo\’s of the latest [...]

Email and Internet services in a box

August 27th, 2004 | No Comments »

South African company TSI yesterday announced the release of its e-Box solution. The single-box email and Internet services package also includes spam management and security features and the ability to switch between different connectivity options. TSI MD Michael Brunzlik says the company developed the e-Box in \”response to demand from the SME market sector for [...]

Impi Linux 2 to be launched on Software Freedom Day

August 25th, 2004 | 3 Comments »

Impi Linux 2 is the next generation of original South African-developed open source software. Unlike Impi 1, version 2 is not based on any existing Linux distributions such as Red Hat and Debian, but is built from the ground up. Ross Addis, chairman of the Gauteng Linux Users Group says Impi 2 is a \”purely [...]

OpenOffice.org in three SA languages for Software Freedom Day

August 25th, 2004 | No Comments »

In celebration of this weekend\’s global Software Freedom Day, Translate.org.za is planning the release of the OpenOffice.org suite in three South African languages. The popular free software office suite will be available in Zulu, Afrikaans and Sepedi. Tswana is also included but in beta form. Dwayne Bailey of Translate.org.za says that they have built an [...]

Long-awaited ICT charter back on track

August 24th, 2004 | No Comments »

The South African IT community released its long-held breath on 12 August as the South African ICT Charter Working Group and the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) announced that it had reached agreement regarding equity requirements for multinationals in the delayed ICT BEE charter. The process of creating a charter for black economic empowerment in [...]

Linux showcase for SA

August 24th, 2004 | No Comments »

IBM South Africa is putting the final touches to plans for a South Africa based Linux competency centre and hopes to open for business before the end of the year. This is according to Joe Ruthven, IBM SA\’s newly appointed business development manager for Linux and open source software. Ruthven says the competency centre is [...]

Linux to turn Windows into niche player

August 24th, 2004 | No Comments »

Windows will become an operating system for niche tasks while Linux takes over the mainstream desktop and server roles, predicts Novell SA\’s systems engineer and manager Allison Singh. He says that users that need specific applications written for Windows only will stick with the OS while for most other users the rapidly evolving Linux desktop [...]

What the \'hell\' is Telkom up to?

August 24th, 2004 | No Comments »

There are many ways to look at the current Telkom scuffle and to be honest neither of them casts Telkom – or the South African government – in a favourable light. In fact between the two it is difficult to pick which is more to blame: government by allowing workers to be retrenched while Telkom [...]

Medscheme dumps SCO Unix for Linux

August 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

Independent medical schemes manager Medscheme has contracted Unisys Africa to install two ES7000 servers running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. These are to replace the company\’s existing SCO UnixWare servers. The majority of Medscheme\’s business runs on Oracle\’s database and because Oracle no longer ports its products to SCO UnixWare, Medscheme has had to [...]

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