Archive for November, 2004

Community centre runs open source ICDL

November 29th, 2004 | 2 Comments »

The Mogalakwena HP i-community in South Africa\’s Limpopo province is one of the first training centres worldwide to offer an open source software version of the International Computer Driving Licence(ICDL). The ICDL is recognised internationally as a benchmark of end-user computer skills. There is a unique quality to the HP i-community certification in that it [...]

Gnome 2.8 – what\'s new and cool

November 29th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Karl Fischer takes a walk through the latest version of Gnome, version 2.8, to illustrate a few of the best new features of this very popular desktop environment. File management (Nautilus) In the properties menu there is a new \”Open With\” tab where you can add and remove common applications you want to use with [...]

Software licences to increase by 50% – Gartner

November 25th, 2004 | No Comments »

Enterprises worldwide could see their software licensing costs increase by at least 50 percent by 2006 unless they act soon to renegotiate existing contracts, according to analysts Gartner. This is because four emerging trends in hardware threaten the traditional pricing model used by Oracle, IBM, Sybase and many other software companies based on hardware capacity [...]

Go Open Source recruits freedom fighters

November 18th, 2004 | No Comments »

The Go Open Source campaign yesterday launched the open source Freedom League, an initiative aimed at boosting the number of computer users switching to open source software. Members of the Geek Freedom League who convert the largest number of users to open source software will be rewarded. Freedom League \”troops\” will be issued with copies [...]

\'Open source revolution will rock the IT sales model\'

November 18th, 2004 | No Comments »

The open source world is shaking the traditional IT world by its roots, not only through its non-conformist approach to licensing agreements and ownership of source code, but also through its broad-minded views on solutions implementation and its determination to crush the crippling concept of vendor lock-in. One of the direct impacts of this revolution [...]

Running TurboCash on Linux

November 17th, 2004 | 2 Comments »

When most businesses look to migrate part or all of their business across to Linux, the first thing they want to know is whether their financial systems will survive the move. And apart from a few notable exceptions (for example the SA-developed Cubit and others which come with a hefty price tag) the answer is [...]

Thin client OpenLab Linux 3.2 released

November 14th, 2004 | 3 Comments »

OpenLab 3.2, the community edition of DireqLearn\’s education-focused Linux distribution, was released late last week. With a specific focus on the education sector OpenLab 3.2 looks to make installing thin-client servers as simple as possible for educators. AJ Venter, lead developer on the OpenLab project at DireqLearn, says \”OpenLab is a different approach to the [...]

Steel merchant picks Linux, Sage

November 14th, 2004 | No Comments »

South African steel pipe and fitting merchant AIG Sales previously used a Dos-based accounting and inventory system to run its business. But a growing customer base and a need to trade electronically with customers meant the company needed to upgrade its systems. \”In general, the steel pipe industry has tended to lag behind the times [...]

World\'s first open source television programme

November 11th, 2004 | No Comments »

The South Africa-based Go Open Source campaign is filming the world\’s first television series dedicated to open source software. The 13-episode Go_Open will air on SABC 2 every Saturday at 17:30 from November 20. The Go_Open series is sponsored by the Go Open Source campaign. Go Open Source is funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, HP, [...]

Ubuntu Linux includes X.org

November 9th, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Since Ubuntu\’s public announcement in September one of the most commonly asked questions has been \”does it have X.Org?\”. Until now, the answer was no. Rather the Ubuntu Linux desktop was based on XFree86 4.3.0, with some 320 000 lines of patches. Today, however, the Ubuntu team announced the release of X.org packages in the [...]

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