Archive for September, 2004

4000 more learners to benefit from Linux laboratories

September 29th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

South African retailer Pick ‘n Pay has donated more than 800 computer workstations to the Shuttleworth Foundation’s tuXlab programme to assist the Foundation in their drive to increase the usage of open source software in South African schools. The donation will enable the establishment of up to 40 new tuXlabs in schools. The tuXlab computer [...]

Dragon IDS gets OPSEC thumbs-up

September 28th, 2004 | No Comments »

Enterasys Networks\’ Dragon Intrusion Defense System has been awarded OPSEC(Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies. OPSEC is the IT industry\’s open, multi-vendor security framework with over 350 partners. Through OPSEC certification, Enterasys Dragon now seamlessly integrates with Check Point\’s VPN-1/FireWall-1 software, allowing enterprises to detect and combat against misuse or attacks, [...]

OSS applications \'prolific and vital to business\' – report

September 28th, 2004 | No Comments »

According to a new report by Computer Sciences Corporation’s Leading Edge Forum (LEF), open source software applications are rapidly increasing in number and type – and they’re already powering both vital government and high-volume consumer systems. Director of LEF Paul Gustafson says that open source movement is producing tremendous gains in efficiency, cost savings and [...]

Firefox ups its firepower

September 28th, 2004 | No Comments »

Application: Firefox 1.0 Preview Release Category: Browser Download: www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ Price: Free Platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS X (Contributed builds at time of release Solaris x86, Solaris SPARC, Sun\’s Java Desktop System, OS/2, Solaris, BeOS, AIX) FireFox 1.0 Preview Release(PR) was released just a few days ago and has already been downloaded more than a million times. [...]

Ex-Microsoft exec to grow Linux in South Africa

September 22nd, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Novell South Africa yesterday announced it has appointed ex-Microsoft employee Garry Hodgson as its OEM Business Development manager. Hodgson during his time at Microsoft was a key architect of the company\’s Windows 95 OEM strategy which established the company as the dominant player in the software market in South Africa. Hodgson was also the driver [...]

Shuttleworth\'s Ubuntu Linux

September 16th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Ubuntu Linux, a new community-driven Linux distribution based on Debian, was released yesterday. Ubuntu is an African term meaning \”humanity to others\”. Development of Ubuntu is being driven Canonical which was founded and is being funded by South Africa\’s Mark Shuttleworth. Canonical includes many of the world\’s best known and talented Linux, Gnome and Python [...]

LinuxWorld for SA next year

September 15th, 2004 | No Comments »

After successful events in the US, Japan and Germany, among others, LinuxWorld will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg next year. Exhibitions for Africa and IDG World Expo will organise and host the South Africa version of LinuxWorld. The exhibition and conference will be held at the same time as the Futurex 2005 show, which takes [...]

Linux gets positive bill of health

September 15th, 2004 | No Comments »

Using Linux, Interpharm Data Systems processes claims for half of the country\’s medical providers and pharmacies. The company handles about one million transactions a month, valued at R200 million. This is one of the successful \”business-ready\” Linux installations that is being highlighted on a new website (Linux.co.za) launched last week to promote Linux and open [...]

Uganda gets indigenous language browser

September 15th, 2004 | No Comments »

Uganda is today another of the countries that have made huge strides in making technology more accessible to users that do not have English as their home language. ICT Translations Uganda is today officially releasing the Mozilla Web browser in Luganda, one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages in East Africa. The browser has [...]

Handheld innovators challenged

September 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

Non-profit organisation Bridges.org has launched a competition to support innovative ground level initiatives in South Africa that want to use handheld devices to improve people\’s lives. A total of 120 Hewlett Packard H4150 iPAQs will be given to up to ten winning organisations that demonstrate a clear strategy to harness the power of handhelds for [...]

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