Archive for June, 2005

Pedal power, Linux gets Ugandans talking

June 21st, 2005 | No Comments »

On June 8 residents of Nyamiryango in western Uganda made their first telephone call from their village. What made this particularly noteworthy is that the village has no electricity or phone lines. Nyamiryango is one of five telecommunications hubs that have been installed in the western half of Uganda by ActionAid and Inveneo. Using a […]

Call centre saves big by switching to Linux

June 21st, 2005 | No Comments »

A Johannesburg-based call centre has switched from Windows to Linux and saved as much as R2000 per machine in the process. The Benefit Recovery Services (BRS) 60-seat call centre was migrated by local Linux service provider Synaq. David Jacobson, technical director at Synaq, said the migration was \”painless. We created a customised kick-start CD called […]

Obsidian extends training arm into KZN and Western Cape

June 21st, 2005 | No Comments »

Obsidian Systems today announced plans to offer Linux training in the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal. To expand into these two new regions the company has linked up with IT Intellect which will provide the training facilities in the two provinces. Obsidian will provide the trainers and examinations. Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems, […]

Total cost of ownership: an expensive red herring

June 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

In the brand war between Linux and Microsoft, the value propositions inherent in both platforms have become lost in a pointless debate over which platform costs less. Microsoft\’s emphasis on total cost of ownership (TCO) has been blindsiding IT executives to the point where technology decisions are made without adequate analysis of the problem space […]

Learn PHP – dipping your toes in the dynamic web (Part 1)

June 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

Over the years, I\’ve experimented with a large number of server-side languages for creating dynamic websites. While there is an almost limitless number of languages that you can beat into some kind of shape for web server deployment, it\’s always been a case of fitting round pegs into square holes. At best, server-side programming was […]

Schools Linux volunteers install ten laboratories in one day

June 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

The Shuttleworth-backed tuXlabs programme and the Schools Linux User Group volunteers yesterday installed 10 Linux-based laboratories in schools in the Western Cape, South Africa. What makes this particularly notable isthat the installations were done by volunteers and they completed the task before midday. Yesterday was the June 16 Youth Day holiday in South Africa and […]

Extreme programming founder to visit South Africa

June 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

Kent Beck, one of the founders of Extreme Programming, will be in South Africa later this month. Beck, together with Ward Cunningham and Ron Jeffries, invented the extreme programming concept in 1999. Extreme programming is an approach to software engineering that and the most popular of several agile software development methodologies. In Extreme Programming, every […]

Getting pupils to class in open source time

June 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

The SchoolTool development team and the Shuttleworth Foundation today announced the release of SchoolTool Calendar, an open source calendar server for schools. With SchoolTool Calendar, a school can create web-based calendars and timetables for each student and teacher, as well as each class, team or other group within the school. SchoolTool also helps coordinate the […]

Sun releases Solaris code

June 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

The Register reports that Sun Microsystems yesterday released a healthy portion of the Solaris source code to the community. Sun first introduced the idea of an open source version of Solaris way back in 2000. Since then there has been a continuous to-and-fro from the company as it seemingly tried to make up its mind […]

Shuttleworth to talk to learners via amateur radio

June 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

Local broadband news site MyADSL is reporting that as part of the Youth Day tomorrow the South African Radio League has arranged a link-up via amateur radio between Mark Shuttleworth and South African learners. The event is part of the South African Radio League’s Youth for Amateur Radio programme. Mark Shuttleworth is expected to answer […]

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