Archive for November, 2005

MIT\'s $100 laptop to run Redhat

November 25th, 2005 | 23 Comments »

The $100 laptop designed by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association, previewed at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) conference in Tunisia last week, will be using a Redhat Linux variant as its operating system. The lime-green laptop, which uses a 500Mhz AMD processor and […]

Open ICDL centre for Western Cape

November 24th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

One of the first Open ICDL training and testing centre in the country will be launched next Saturday at Windermere Primary School in the Western Cape. Jennifer Stoffels, the co-ordinator of the Gail Reid Resource Centre at Windermere Primary, says the school decided to offer the Open ICDL course in order to improve the sustainability […]

Novell names new CTO

November 24th, 2005 | No Comments »

Novell on Tuesday named Jeffrey Jaffe as its executive vice president and chief technology officer. Jaffe, a former executive at IBM and Lucent Technologies, replaces Alan Nugent, who left the position earlier this year. Source: CNET News.com

Estonia elects open source

November 24th, 2005 | No Comments »

Estonia\’s latest local elections, held online nationwide, included the use of open source software in electronic voting. However, experts caution that the use of Linux on Web servers does not equate to publicly viewable voting code, and the system\’s reliance on the Internet raises red flags. Source: Newsforge

Microsoft\'s Office Open XML standard – how open is open?

November 24th, 2005 | 2 Comments »

Microsoft\’s next version of its Office documents will be an open standard, according to the Washington-based proprietary software company. The move should allay some fears by the likes of the State of Massachusetts, which has adopted the Oasis standard for its documents. Not everyone is buying it. Microsoft Office Open XML document format will be […]

Infinite Loop: Taking a fstab at Linux

November 24th, 2005 | 21 Comments »

We all have our dirty little secrets some more sordid than others. I came out of the closet, so to speak, in my last column, describing how I had yet to board the Linux mothership despite writing for an open source magazine. At the time, although Alastair didn\’t come out directly and say it, the […]

EnGarde Linux focuses on security

November 23rd, 2005 | No Comments »

EnGarde Secure Linux is a server-based distribution developed with security in mind. It comes with a minimal set of services so that the server is not unnecessarily exposed, and no superfluous software — including no X Window-based window manager. Even compilers, such as GCC, are not included. Yet EnGarde enables you to run any sort […]

Hardware review: The coolest VGA in town

November 22nd, 2005 | 1 Comment »

I have dog ears. I am cursed with the ability to hear high pitched sounds very clearly, so whining noises from PC components drive me up the wall. That\’s why, when I heard my Winfast 400GT (actually a Nvidia Geforce 6800GT in disguise), I knew she needed more than cosmetic surgery if our relationship was […]

Open source gives South African farmers a leg-up

November 22nd, 2005 | 1 Comment »

EuroOSCON, the first European conference on open source took place in Amsterdam last month. Though it was roughly a third smaller than its North American counterpart, EuroOSCON attracted the cream of open source advocates and practitioners both as speakers and delegates. From the list of attendees, it was obvious that open source in Europe is […]

Linux may be a phone winner

November 21st, 2005 | No Comments »

Linux has a chance to pervade the mobile phone market, according to BusinessWeek. The feature argues that the Linux advantages include superior branding potential for carriers, and the flexibility to become their standard OS for phones at multiple pricepoints. The challenges include a lack of software and uniformity. According to BusinessWeek, mobile phone companies devote […]

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