Archive for October, 2005

Women to promote open source in Africa

October 31st, 2005 | 1 Comment »

The third Women\’s Electronic Network Training (WENT) Africa event will take place in Uganda in December. The focus for the event is the promotion of awareness and support for free and open source software (FOSS) in women\’s organisations in Africa. Hosted by APC-Africa-Women, WENT Africa\’s workshops are designed to help African women\’s organisations utilise information [...]

Oracle releases free database

October 31st, 2005 | No Comments »

Oracle has released its entry-level database, Oracle Database XE, which can be used for development or deployed as a live system at no cost and runs on 32-bit Linux. Called a “starter” database by Oracle, all applications and data created in XE can be ported to Standard Edition One, Standard Edition, or Enterprise Edition without [...]

Linux training hits the road

October 28th, 2005 | No Comments »

Linux Holdings is planning to take open source training to smaller towns in South Africa and even beyond the country\’s borders with its \”Academy on Wheels\”. Instead of setting up training academies in small towns, Linux Holdings have decided to take its existing academy to towns around the country. Transport and accommodation costs are often [...]

OSS powers relief effort in Pakistan

October 28th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

South African relief agency, Gift of the Givers, is using open source software solutions to power its humanitarian relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Pakistan. The humanitarian NGO, based in Pietermaritzburg, has worked in 22 countries providing more than R160-million worth of aid to regions as diverse as Niger, Iraq, Sudan, Bosnia and Kosovo. It hit headlines [...]

Opinion: The vendor mafia\'s Linux vendetta

October 28th, 2005 | 37 Comments »

I\’ve just written a little script that finds all the television channels for a TV card on Linux. It uses the ivtv driver, which is a community-written open source device driver that supports the Hauppage range of cards. When I finished my script, it dawned on me that this wouldn\’t happen to a Windows user. [...]

Oracle SA names new MD

October 27th, 2005 | No Comments »

Oracle has confirmed the appointment of Nicky Sheridan as managing director of Oracle South Africa. Sheridan stepped in as acting MD following the resignation of Kelvin Reynolds last week. Sheridan, who is currently managing director of Oracle Ireland, will continue to hold both positions, but will dedicate the bulk of his time to the South [...]

Regent Insurance dives into Linux

October 27th, 2005 | No Comments »

Regent Insurance Company, a short term insurer, has migrated its existing Sun-based systems to an Intel/Linux solution with the help of Linux providers Synaq. Synaq\’s Yossi Hasson says Regent decided to migrate its central database application, which runs on Oracle 8, from a Sun architecture to a Linux architecture because of performance challenges on its [...]

Durban DJ wins YFM Open Source Mix

October 26th, 2005 | 2 Comments »

The winner of the Creative Commons \”Mad Half Hour Open Source Mixes\” competition has been announced. Nathan Redpath, who used the alias \”KingBabar\” during the competition, won the competition with his mix \”Gassed Up\”. In doing so, he walked away with an HP laptop, International Computer Driver\’s License (ICDL) open source training and DJ mentorship [...]

Linux Professional exams in December

October 26th, 2005 | No Comments »

Linux professionals will get one last chance to sit the LPI exams this year when certification exams are held in Johannesburg in December. The Linux Professional Institute certifications are a standardised global Linux certification that are distribution agnostic and are intended to test working administrator skills. Previous LPI exams held in Johannesburg attracted hundreds of [...]

Dapper Drake takes first steps

October 25th, 2005 | 3 Comments »

With Breezy Badger out the door, the next version of Ubuntu, titled Dapper Drake, went into production today. Top of the high-level goals for Dapper is for it to be a “polished” distribution. According to a missive sent to the Ubuntu development community today by Mark Shuttleworth, Dapper Drake (version 6.4 of the Ubuntu Linux [...]

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