Archive for December, 2005

CITI chief goes to the post office

December 15th, 2005 | No Comments »

After three years at the helm, Masedi Molosiwa has stepped down from his position as executive director of the Cape IT Initiative (CITI), to join the South Africa Post Office as the strategy and marketing group executive. Raven Naidoo, Chairman of CITI says: \”This organisation is about developing skills, growing human capital and creating an [...]

Gifts for geeks

December 14th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

Let\’s face it: few people understand geeks and their gratifications. If you leave it to your friends and family to buy you gifts unaided, you\’re likely to get 10 DVD-Rs, a CD labelling kit and a mousepad for Christmas. They need a little prodding. A wishlist, relevant contact details, links, and perhaps a trip down [...]

A year in the life of open source in South Africa

December 14th, 2005 | 1 Comment »

It\’s been a long, bad year for politicians, petrol prices and proprietary software. But 2005 was an exceptional year for open source software. It really found its feet this year, and I think it also started to cement a new façade that will serve it well for years to come. Voice over IP was the [...]

ISPA takes Telkom to task with Competition Commission

December 13th, 2005 | 3 Comments »

The Internet Service Providers\’ Association (ISPA) lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission of South Africa today, claiming anti-competitive behaviour by Telkom in the Internet services market. According to a press release issued by ISPA today, a large number of Internet service providers (ISPs) compete with Telkom for the provision of Internet services. But at [...]

Free Pascal speeding along

December 13th, 2005 | 8 Comments »

The latest version of Free Pascal, version 2.0.2, has been released. According to the developers, “in combination with the Lazarus development environment, Free Pascal can be considered the ultimate desktop development tool.” Free Pascal builds on the long tradition of the Pascal language, first invented in 1970 by Niklaus Wirth, and named in honour of [...]

Symantec releases cross-platform IDS

December 13th, 2005 | No Comments »

Symantec launched its Critical System Protection 5.0 intrusion prevention system for Linux, Unix and Windows yesterday. According to Symantec, the solution provides “zero-day protection against application and operating systems attack”. The system uses a blend of signature and behaviour detection to keep heterogeneous environments safe. Symantec says that the new version offers improved auditing and [...]

Opinion: Wikipedia should be your first – not final – reference

December 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

The open encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, is facing renewed criticism from media professionals and academics worldwide, who argue that it cannot be trusted as a credible source of information. American journalist, John Seigenthaler, a one-time administrative assistant to Robert Kennedy, recently complained that a biographic entry on Wikipedia alleged he was \”directly involved in the Kennedy assassinations\”. [...]

Packetstorm in a teacup; Firefox still secure

December 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

The first exploit for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 was discovered by Packetstorm last week. However initial reports that Packetstorm\’s hack could completely disable Firefox seem grossly exaggerated. Packetstorm\’s proof of concept exploit for Firefox involves writing really long topics to Firefox\’s cache (2.5 million characters in Packetstorm\’s example). When the browser tries to load, it starts [...]

Redhat makes Nasdaq 100

December 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

Linux distributor Redhat is officially one of the top 100 non-financial stocks on the Nasdaq. The annual recalibration of the Nasdaq-100 Index, used by the likes of stock trackers and trusts, saw Redhat and search engine moguls Google make the hottest stock index in the world. Source: The News & Observer target=\’_blank\’>CNet News.Com

Siemens snuggles up to OSDL

December 12th, 2005 | No Comments »

Siemens has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux. Siemens will participate in the Lab\’s Carrier Grade Linux (CGL), Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI) and Data Center Linux (DCL) working groups. Source: Mobile Tech News

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