Archive for October, 2004

Dairy farmers milk open source

October 26th, 2004 | 9 Comments »

South African dairy farmers are starting to use open source software to improve their farming techniques and outputs. ACS Online has developed a range of dairy farming-specific modules using PHP, Apache and MySQL running on Sun boxes with Solaris 9. The modules currently available include financial management, a sustainable pasture management system, livestock management and [...]

LinuxWorld for JHB and Cape Town in 2005

October 26th, 2004 | No Comments »

The global LinuxWorld conference and expo is to be staged in both Johannesburg and Cape Town next year. The show, which is already staged in ten countries, will be co-located with the Futurex exhibitions in both cities. At an official launch of the LinuxWorld show in Johannesburg this morning, Exhibitions for Africa director Aldean Prior, [...]

UWC gets R3,7million for free software development

October 25th, 2004 | No Comments »

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has received a R3.7 million grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada to establish a network of African universities to develop free software for use in higher education in Africa. The money is largely earmarked for the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) which [...]

Proprietary software restrictive and dangerous – IBM

October 22nd, 2004 | 2 Comments »

The future direction of technology is shaped at universities which is why it is important that students are exposed to operating environments which are set to become commercial standards. That\’s according to Joe Ruthven, IBM Business Development Manager: Linux and OSS, who was speaking at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg earlier this week. Speaking during [...]

UWC sets up Free Software Innovation Unit

October 21st, 2004 | No Comments »

The University of the Western Cape has established the Free Software Innovation Unit (FSIU). Melissa Benn, who heads up the unit, said the unit\’s mission is to \”achieve excellence in the development and application of Free Software with a focus on higher education in Africa.\” Derek Keats, executive director of Information and Communication Services at [...]

Official release of Ubuntu Linux

October 20th, 2004 | No Comments »

South Africa\’s Mark Shuttleworth today announced the first release of Ubuntu Linux on behalf of the Ubuntu Linux team. In an email to the various Ubuntu mailing lists, Shuttleworth wrote: \”The warm-hearted Warthogs of the Warty Team are proud to present the very first release of Ubuntu!\” The earlier beta version of the Ubuntu OS [...]

R1500 Linux PCs by next month?

October 20th, 2004 | 7 Comments »

From as early as the second week of November consumers in South Africa could be buying brand new Linux-loaded PCs from their local supermarkets for just R1500,00. Novell SA MD Stafford Masie said during a presentation at this year\’s South African Oracle Users Group conference that the company also hopes to more than double the [...]

Creative Commons and the GNU GPL

October 20th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

\”It\’s becoming so confusing! All these licences – which one do I choose?\” This is something I hear often when I talk to people in South Africa about Creative Commons. Many people think that Creative Commons is trying to replicate the Free Software Foundation\’s GNU General Public License (GPL), but there are distinct differences in [...]

Review: Impi Linux 2

October 15th, 2004 | No Comments »

As introduction to every review I write, I give an overview of my walk with Linux up to date, in order to set the scene. Here goes. The first distribution I ever installed was RedHat 6, in March 2000. Since then I have used, tested, or played with around thirty different distros. From five-CD enterprise [...]

French and Mandrake to roll out Linux across Africa

October 12th, 2004 | No Comments »

The French ministry of foreign affairs and Mandrakesoft have announced a plan to provide a network of sixty public Internet access points throughout Africa. The project, known as Aden, plans to set up the access points as well as train instructors. The access points will be run using a version of Mandrakesoft\’s Linux distribution. In [...]

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