Archive for August, 2005

OpenOffice.org gets closer to version 2.0

August 31st, 2005 | No Comments »

The OpenOffice.org project team has released the second public beta release of OpenOffice.org 2.0. The beta version is available immediately in Brazilian, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese, for Windows, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Beta one of OpenOffice.or 2.0 was released in March this year. OpenOffice.org 2.0 [...]

SA OSS task team finalises action plan

August 24th, 2005 | No Comments »

The open source task team, a collection of government, private and technology experts with an interest in promoting open source, wrapped up its conference in Sandton, Johannesburg, yesterday with a finalised open source action plan which it hopes will be presented to South Africa\’s government. The document\’s goal is to affect policy and legislation regarding [...]

Linux growing, limited by Microsoft

August 23rd, 2005 | No Comments »

The Linux operating system, when combined with available personal productivity software, packaged application software, and development tools, has reached a level of capability that arguably positions it to be an acceptable alternative client operating environment (COE) solution for many users of personal computers, says South African research house BMI-TechKnowledge. Making a leap from being an [...]

Mambo breakaway shakes Foundation

August 23rd, 2005 | No Comments »

The open source CMS Mambo is likely to split into two separate projects after its core development team resigned en masse last week to form a new development community. The break-away came after the founder of Mambo Open Source, Miro International, announced the formation of the non-profit Mambo Foundation to oversee the project, apparently without [...]

Open source computer drivers licence goes live

August 23rd, 2005 | 1 Comment »

New computer learners can now complete their International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) using a free, Linux-based curriculum. Last week, the OpenICDL project launched Version 1.0 of its open source curriculum, allowing learners to complete the internationally-recognised ICDL exam without ever using proprietary software. The accredited ICDL course is perhaps the first to be released free [...]

SA open source task team to plan for action

August 22nd, 2005 | No Comments »

Profiting from open source software is foremost on Mark Shuttleworth\’s mind and this time he is looking at how the country can make its mark as a global open source software leader. He is doing this by spearheading a gathering of business, government and technology minds in the hope of building an open source action [...]

Open source software in the shopping malls

August 22nd, 2005 | No Comments »

The Go Open Source campaign will be taking free software to the shopping malls on this Software Freedom Day. The open source software advocacy programme will host three full-day events at The Zone, Rosebank, Canal Walk and Gateway, Umhlanga. Go Open Source spokesperson Adi Attar says the organisation is targeting shopping centres because of the [...]

Open source school admin tools released

August 19th, 2005 | No Comments »

The SchoolTool development team has announced the release of new versions of the open source administration programs SchoolTool 0.11 and SchoolBell 1.2. The software enables school administrators to manage shared resources like computer labs and audio-visual equipment through a web-based calendar system. Staff members and learners can generate personalised timetables using the software. The Shuttleworth-funded [...]

ValueCard open sources TenderSystem

August 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

Cape Town-based ValueCard has released the source code of for its TenderSystem procurement suite under an open source license. TenderSystem is an Internet based system to source, award and manage the total procurement process. Insurance companies in Southern Africa currently use TenderSystem to decrease their largest expense, namely claims payments. The software has been released [...]

SA gets into Software Freedom Day spirit

August 17th, 2005 | No Comments »

South African grassroots teams will join a worldwide celebration of Software Freedom Day on September 10, with guest lectures, software handouts and installfests planned across the country. From Albania to Zimbabwe, free software activists will host events that raise public awareness about the open source movement. \”We have around 200 registered teams this year from [...]

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