Archive for June, 2005

Customised CD speeds up Linux migrations

June 30th, 2005 | No Comments »

South African Linux service provider Synaq has developed and introduced to market a custom-built CD that automatically configures multiple networked terminals during a conversion to a Linux environment. The company recently used the \”kickstart\” CD – called ShrinkWrap – approach to migrate an entire call centre network across to Linux. Synaq marketing director Yossi Hasson [...]

Adcock Ingram to run manufacturing systems on Linux

June 30th, 2005 | No Comments »

South African healthcare business Adcock Ingram has moved its manufacturing system on to Linux servers. The company, part of the Tiger Brands group, has replaced its existing business planning and control system (BPCS) with Oracle\’s E-Business Suite. The company will now use Oracle\’s Process Manufacturing, including the planning and scheduling modules, running on Linux, to [...]

Extreme programmer hits Joburg

June 29th, 2005 | No Comments »

Kent Beck, founder of the eXtreme programming(XP) concept, arrived in South Africa this week for a series of public lectures and workshops. Hosted by the Johannesburg Centre for Software Excellence and Psybergate, Beck’s visit is part of the JCSE’s plan to improve the local software engineering industry and make South Africa more internationally competitive in [...]

Local organisations challenge Microsoft XML patent

June 29th, 2005 | No Comments »

South African free software advocates yesterday served patent \”request to surrender\” papers on Microsoft SA\’s legal representatives, urging the company to withdraw a patent (ZA200303346) it holds on XML-based word processing. The patent, titled \”Word processing document stored in a single XML file that may be manipulated by applications that understand XML\”, suggests that the [...]

Learn PHP – Getting dynamic (Part 2)

June 28th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

If you survived last month\’s ordeal (Dipping your toes in the dynamic Web), you should now consider yourself a proficient PHP installer. However, if you want to take food out of my mouth and steal my clients, you\’ll want to know how to do some real hard-core PHP coding. The whole point of coding in [...]

In a nutshell – Peanut Linux

June 27th, 2005 | No Comments »

Peanut Linux version 12.0 URL: http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/ Peanut Linux was recently renamed ALinux. This review was originally published in Tectonic Magazine I first came across this Canadian distro at a time when I was dissatisfied with the trend towards large distributions that came on three or more CDs and had silly design issues, such as rpm [...]

SA breaks through 100 000 broadband user mark

June 23rd, 2005 | No Comments »

MyADSL writes today that there are now more than 100 000 broadband users in South Africa. \”Telkom’s ADSL service connects a vast majority of these subscribers to the Internet with a current user base of over 70 000. There is a steady increase in the uptake of ADSL, and with the price reductions in August [...]

Linux Holdings adds Durban to training line-up

June 23rd, 2005 | 1 Comment »

The roll-out of Linux Holdings\’ training in Durban is now complete and training starts in earnest from 4 July, says Kin le Roux, communications director at Linux Holdings. \”This is the third such roll-out. The first two were Pretoria and Johannesburg. Durban has much to offer the open source community and we have much to [...]

University chooses Ubuntu for training

June 23rd, 2005 | No Comments »

Johannesburg\’s Wits University School of Computer Science has chosen Ubuntu Linux as the platform for Linux training course it is running this week – and for others in the future. The university previously used either Red Hat or SuSE as the basis of the courses it runs for users and beginner sysadmins. According to Adi [...]

KOffice 1.4 gets the go-ahead

June 22nd, 2005 | No Comments »

The KDE Project yesterday released KOffice 1.4. KOffice 1.4 now also uses the OASIS OpenDocument file format which has become an approved standard for office file formats. This format is also used by the upcoming OpenOffice.org 2.0.. New applications in the 1.4 release: * Krita – A pixel based image manipulation application * Kexi – [...]

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