Archive for July, 2005

Sun\'s railways and locomotives

July 29th, 2005 | No Comments »

Gratis, open source, and open standards. Three related yet distinct software concepts. According to Jonathan Schwartz, COO Sun Microsystems, Sun will be investing in all three concepts for its product line, although figuring out why, what and wherefore at this point is as difficult as figuring out the software giant\’s stand on Linux. According to [...]

tuXlab plans mega install in Eastern Cape

July 29th, 2005 | No Comments »

Computers are increasingly playing a bigger role in the education of our youth and yet a large percentage of learners in South Africa don\’t have access to computers at home or at school. Come August though, learners of 12 Eastern Cape schools will join the growing number of tuXlab schools around the country. tuXlabs are [...]

New Freedom Toaster sites for SA

July 27th, 2005 | No Comments »

The Shuttleworth Foundation has rolled out another four Freedom Toasters across South Africa with plans for many more in the near future. The Freedom Toasters, which resemble vending machines with a touch screen, allow users to make copies of popular open source software for no charge and are located around universities, libraries and other public [...]

Coffee can connects rural world to Internet

July 26th, 2005 | No Comments »

Two weeks ago Agnes Mdluli, who works at a local Aids centre in rural South Africa, had no access to the Internet. Today, thanks to a coffee can and a bicycle spoke, she is able to make voice over IP calls and research the Web for HIV/Aids information. The Meraka Institute\’s first \”cantenna\” was installed [...]

Win4Lin expands into South Africa

July 26th, 2005 | No Comments »

Win4Lin, software that allows users to run Windows applications on a Linux box, have appointed Workgroup as local distributors of the product. Workgroup will distribute the full family of Win4Lin products in South and Southern Africa. \”Win4Lin products have a definite market fit and we are excited to be a Win4Lin distributor as it allows [...]

Synaq adds open source VoIP to service line-up

July 21st, 2005 | No Comments »

South African open source and Linux company Synaq has added the open source Asterisk voice over internet protocol (VoIP) PBX platform to its array of services. \”We\’ve been piloting an Asterisk solution for the BRS call centre for the past two months,\” says Synaq\’s Yossi Hasson. \”The pilot was implemented successfully and they were literally [...]

Ugandan Linux guide to be used at Cape access points

July 21st, 2005 | 1 Comment »

Last year the department of computer science at the Uganda Martyrs University produced the first Easy Linux guide. Now the guide, designed to introduce users to GNU/Linux and the popular free software applications, is to be translated into Afrikaans and Xhosa and distributed in the Western Cape as part of the Smart Cape project run [...]

African women to celebrate Software Freedom Day

July 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

African women involved in the free software movement will host a series of Software Freedom Day celebrations across the continent on September 10 this year. LinuxChix Africa will celbrate the day with events in Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa and Cote d\’Ivoire. Software Freedom Day is a global movement to promote the use of free and [...]

Virtual call centre runs open source Asterisk

July 20th, 2005 | No Comments »

South African voice over IP provider OpenVoice, has launched a fully hosted call centre using the open source Asterisk PBX application. The call centre, which is made available to agents through a Web browser interface, is targeted at mid-sized organisations that are running call centres of five to one thousand seats. The VoIP-based call centre [...]

Liferea

July 19th, 2005 | No Comments »

Another great news reader for Linux. As if their aren\’t already enough readers around. Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) stands out from the crowd for a number fo reasons though. First, it is written for Gnome (my preferred environment) which is a huge advantage. Secondly it is intelligently designed and manages huge numbers of news feeds, [...]

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