Archive for March, 2005

Linux for the rest of us

March 30th, 2005 | No Comments »

Product: Linspire OS 4.5 Minimum hardware: 800MHz, 128MB, 4GB, CD-ROM Available from: Phoenix Global Software (www.phoenixsoftware.co.za), R500.00 News flash At the time of writing Linspire Five-0 had just been released, sporting significant new features such as Kernel 2.6.10, KDE 3.3, Reiser 4 filing, X.org 6.8.2, built in Bittorrent and OpenOffice 1.1.3. Check it out here: [...]

Linux heavyweights for LinuxWorld in SA

March 24th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

Exhibitions for Africa, organisers of the LinuxWorld show in South Africa, have secured a number of Linux heavyweights for the first staging of the show and conference in this country. These include the likes of Mark shuttleworth as well as Jon Maddog\” Hall. The LinuxWorld show and conference will be held in conjunction with the [...]

Ubuntu gets KDE overhaul

March 22nd, 2005 | No Comments »

The Kubuntu team late last week announced the first preview release of Kubuntu, a version of Ubuntu Linux with a KDE front-end. This preview released includes KDE 3.4 and includes both an Install CD as well as a bootable Live CD. The final release of Kubuntu 5.04 will be on April 6. There are CD [...]

Linux training – how much will it cost you?

March 22nd, 2005 | No Comments »

This sixth article in the series on training looks at that nasty subject called money. If you are looking at getting trained up in Linux, or if you are an employer looking to train your staff, the process is going to cost you some money. But how much money? This is the beauty of getting [...]

Africa\'s first Linux competency centre launched

March 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

A plethora of partners, led by IBM, launched Africa\’s first Linux competency centre 15 March in Johannesburg, South Africa. The centre is aimed at promoting Linux in the enterprise, and is expected to have an influence on government, academia and smaller business. It will also be used as a testing ground for local software developers. [...]

Obsidian first Red Hat Advanced Partner in Africa

March 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

Red Hat has appointed of South Africa-based Linux service and training provider Obsidian Systems as the first Red Hat Advanced Partner in the African market. Red Hat\’s Advanced Partner Programme is designed to recognise partners that are market leaders in their area. Advanced Partners also have to meet a set of specific requirements, set out [...]

Internet Fiesta to give thousands first access to Internet

March 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

The Internet Society – South Africa chapter (ISOC-ZA) – will this weekend host a two day-long Internet Fiesta in Cape Town. The goal of the Internet Fiesta is to ensure that at least 1000 old and young people who have never used the Internet before, get to have a good first experience. The party will [...]

Opinion: \'Open Source Software will save SA billions\'

March 16th, 2005 | No Comments »

Open Source Software (OSS) is gaining in popularity as more companies begin to realise its benefits – and the cost savings that are associated with it. This is the view of Michael Leeuwen, a director of local business solutions company, PM Tech Holdings, who says the widespread adoption of OSS platforms will save companies many [...]

ImpiLinux goes BEE, looks to Africa

March 16th, 2005 | No Comments »

Local open source has been given a boost as BEE investment heavyweight, Khuselo Investments, buys a 75% stake in the ImpiLinux project. The now registered company, ImpiLinux (Pty) Ltd, will move forward as a black owned company and is aggressively eyeing the African market after it beds down its local operations. Headed by MD, Gary [...]

Novell rolls out SuSE 9.3

March 11th, 2005 | No Comments »

Novell yesterday announced SuSE 9.3 is available. This release, due to ship in mid-April, includes more than 3000 open source packages and hundreds of open source applications. SuSE Linux 9.3 provides a peak into upcoming server-based Linux, including the XEN virtualisation environment and intuitive search engines. This release is available for 32-bit as well as [...]

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