Archive for September, 2005

Skubuntu customises Ubuntu for African schools

September 19th, 2005 | No Comments »

With over 130 school labs installed across the country, the tuXlab team has certainly had enough time to hone their craft. One of the outcomes of the ambitious project has been the development of an Ubuntu add-on developed for school labs, after they found the initial Fedora-based K12-LTSP installs were difficult to support. \”The release […]

South African government looking for OSS suppliers

September 16th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

The South African State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is looking for an open source distribution and supplier to assist government to migrate to open source. Sita, the South African government\’s technology procurement agency, last week issued a request for bid calling for potential suppliers of open source solutions to government. The bid request is for […]

Regular Expression: Open source attitudes

September 16th, 2005 | No Comments »

I\’ve been asked by the editor to pen a nice little column for Tectonic, so this is the first instalment. It\’ll be a regular column, although not too regular, since it takes about a week or more of hard brain-digging to find a suitable topic. I\’ve always got a lot to say until I\’m asked […]

Building an African Linux distro

September 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

\”I believe we\’ve created the easiest, most advanced desktop operating system, ever.\” So modesty may not be lead developer A J Venter\’s middle name but, ahead of the scheduled release of the GNU/Linux distribution OpenLab4 later this month, neither is complacency. \”We follow the extreme programming method of constant re-evaluation, constantly involving people who are […]

SA OSS document management makes global waves

September 14th, 2005 | No Comments »

South Africa-developed open source document management system KnowledgeTree is winning widespread user acclaim with several respondents to a recent survey comparing it favourably to commercially available systems. The open source KnowledgeTree — which is freely downloadable from SourceForge — is developed primarily by Cape Town-based Jam Warehouse \”We knew KnowledgeTree was popular because it has […]

SA geek scores top marks in Novell exams

September 13th, 2005 | No Comments »

RedLinX technical manager Trevor Fraser, a founder member of the company with several years\’ experience of Novell and Linux servers, has scored among the highest marks in the world in a recent Novell Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) exam. \”The CLE is quite an accomplishment,\” says Matthew Costello of Smartsource, the only South African company providing […]

openSUSE proving popular with OSS community

September 13th, 2005 | No Comments »

openSUSE, an open source Linux project sponsored by Novell and launched in early August is off to a strong start, generating extensive interest and support from both the development community and end users, according to the company. Novell says that Within the first few weeks registered installations of the SUSE Linux distribution grew to more […]

Sun simplifies licencing

September 13th, 2005 | No Comments »

In an effort to simplify licencing and to enforce the open proliferation of the source code, Sun Microsystems has changed the licencing structure for its OpenOffice.org office suite, dropping its dual-licence strategy. This follows a request by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) License Proliferation Committee for a reduction in open source licences in use today. […]

.za throws open discussion doors

September 13th, 2005 | No Comments »

The public consultation process around policy issues in the local domain name system — including the possibility of a hardcore xxx.za second-level domain — kicked off yesterday with the release of a broad discussion document. The document seeks input on issues such as whether direct second-level registrations (mycompany.za rather than mycompany.co.za) should be allowed, what […]

Oracle to buy Siebel

September 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

In a deal valued at $5.85 billion, Oracle Corporation announced today that it is to buy competitor Siebel Systems. The Board of Directors of Siebel Systems has voted in favor of the transaction, and Tom Siebel has agreed to vote his shares in favor of the acquisition. Siebel stockholders will convene in a special meeting […]

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