Archive for December, 2004

Software translation tools go live

December 17th, 2004 | No Comments »

The last two days have seen the release of not just one but two online software translation portals. Yesterday Translate.org.za announced their system Pootle and on the same day Ubuntu Linux announced its Rosetta. Both allow registered users to translate PO files for a range of open source software. Translate\’s Dwayne Bailey says the Pootle [...]

Mass Linux certification

December 14th, 2004 | No Comments »

South African Linux training company Afribiz is spearheading an effort to have more than 200 applicants sit the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) examinations in just one day next year. Kin le Roux of Afribiz says the only other country that has attempted this before is China which did it earlier this year. \”Obviously we would [...]

Lowering the barriers to innovation in Africa

December 14th, 2004 | No Comments »

People often argue about the short-term economic benefits of free software but the most important benefit to education and development in Africa is not the price. Any cost savings are merely useful side benefits. To illustrate the true benefits of free software I will use tertiary education as an example but the principles that I [...]

Linux vs Windows TCO: The numbers are in

December 13th, 2004 | 2 Comments »

Australian company Cybersource has released an updated version of its Linux versus Windows TCO Comparison study which finds Linux is as much as 36% cheaper than Windows. Even using the more costly Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Cybersource found Linux to be more than 25% cheaper than Windows. The study (linux_vs_windows_tco_comparison.pdf) covers the average computer-usage requirements [...]

Code theft or liberalisation?

December 9th, 2004 | 7 Comments »

An interesting row is brewing between SugarCRM and vTiger CRM, which could have a large impact for open source developers. SugarCRM is a brilliant CRM (Client Relationship Management) application that achieved the prestigious award of being SourceForge.net\’s Project of the Month during October. SugarCRM is released as a free downloadable version and an optimised Professional [...]

University\'s Kinky software release

December 8th, 2004 | No Comments »

The Free Software Innovation Unit (FSIU) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) yesterday released a public alpha version of its KINKY application framework and KEWL.NextGen e-learning system. KINKY and KEWL are Free Software and licensed under the GNU General Public Licence. Kinky is an application framework that can be used to build any [...]

African free software developers gather in Cape Town

December 7th, 2004 | No Comments »

This week a group of free and open source software developers from around Africa are gathered at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for the first FLOSS Developer Road Show in Africa. The roadshow is being organised by the CSIR and Aspiration Tech with funding from the Open Society Institute. The roadshow is being [...]