Archive for August, 2005

IBM boosts Firefox\'s accessibility

August 16th, 2005 | No Comments »

IBM is planning on making the web more accessible to those with disabilities. Big Blue will be contributing software to narrate and magnify web pages and to navigate with keystrokes to Firefox version 1.5, and is contributing to the W3C\’s standards for impaired users. IBM is contributing Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language (DHTML) accessibility technology to […]

SA Linux professionals ready for patent showdown

August 16th, 2005 | No Comments »

The South African Linux Professionals Association and local anti-software patent advocates are preparing for a legal battle with Microsoft over its patenting of the idea of XML word processing in South Africa. In June this year, University of South Africa senior lecturer, Bob Jolliffe, served patent “request to surrender” papers on Microsoft’s legal representatives in […]

Sun\'s alliance with VMware

August 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

Sun Microsystems has announced an alliance with server virtualisation company VMware and a support agreement for the Solaris 10 operating system on future VMware server and desktop products. The move comes as VMware shores up support for its virtual-machine interface amongst major hardware manufacturers and protects itself against competition from Microsoft and the open source […]

Using free software in education

August 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

The Tshwane University of Technology will be hosting a two-day workshop on the use of free and open source software in e-learning in September. Facilitated by the University of the Western Cape\’s Derek Keats, the workshop will introduce participants to FOSS and e-learning concepts. The programme will focus on the use of KEWL.NextGen, a PHP-based […]

Western Cape government drives open source uptake

August 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

If Africa in general, and Cape Town in particular, is to compete globally it has to move from being a consumer of proprietary software to becoming a developer and user of open source software, delegates at last week\’s Cape IT Initiative event were told. With this in mind, the Western Cape government is moving from […]

Open source woman wins ICT awards

August 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

On Woman\’s Day earlier this week, open source software advocate and CEO of Sadalbari Open Software Lisa Retief, won the ICT sector award at the Department of Trade and Industry\’s annual Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Conference and awards ceremony. The awards honoured women entrepreneurs creatively using technology to enhance their businesses in the […]

Novell\'s OEM Linux plans start showing successes

August 12th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

Nearly a year after joining Novell SA as OEM (original equipment manufacturer) business development manager, Garry Hodgson has been hard at work, rewiring and reconfiguring the mindsets of some of South Africa’s biggest systems builders and distributors. It may be beginning to pay off. A growing number of Linux-powered desktops and laptops are finding their […]

Open source software goes to Soweto

August 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

The Meraka Institute\’s Open Source Centre (OSC) will host Soweto’s first ever open source workshop tomorrow and has announced plans to develop satellite centres in the area. The move comes as Meraka attempts to bridge the digital divide it sees developing in the open source arena. \”There seems to be a disturbing trend emerging which […]

The Mailman magic

August 11th, 2005 | No Comments »

Last week Tectonic ran through the tricky task of installing Mailman alongside Exim, which — while being educational — is not a particularly exciting task. Now we get to the fun part: kicking the tyres! There are four ways of interacting with Mailman. The first is what the normal user will see: a subscription page […]

Corporate uptake of Linux slow, says Gartner

August 11th, 2005 | No Comments »

Despite considerable interest, the Linux desktop has still not cracked the corporate world, says research firm Gartner. Based on results from surveys at Gartner IT conferences in the USA and France, the research firm found that just over one percent of enterprise users were running Linux desktops. In a separate forecast report, Gartner estimates that […]

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