Archive for December, 2005

African broadband access accelerates

December 9th, 2005 | No Comments »

Broadband access has become increasingly available in Africa over the last four years according to the authors of a new report published by Balancing Act. The report is based on a survey of 100 operators on the continent. According to authors Paul Hamilton and Russell Southwood, between 2001 and the present day a wide range […]

Microsoft gets Ecma nod

December 9th, 2005 | No Comments »

ECMA International has approved the creation of a technical committee to standardize Microsoft\’s Office Open XML document formats despite opposition from the likes of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). IBM voted against the creation of the committee and HP abstained. Source: CNet News.com ConsortiumInfo.org

SA accounting suite expands internationally

December 8th, 2005 | 2 Comments »

Cubit Accounting Software, developers of the Web-based Cubit accounting package, have announced the release of version 2.6 of the application, as well as its expansion into two international markets. Cubit version 2.6 (available from www.cubit.co.za) includes significant improvements to the package\’s payroll functionality, says Cubit director Andre Coetzee. Coetzee says the new release also has […]

Opinion: Colonisation of South Africa continues

December 8th, 2005 | 6 Comments »

There is a worrying dimension to the uptake of technology in South Africa. As sub-Saharan Africa\’s wealthiest and most technologically advanced country, South Africa is a good indicator of how Africa is embracing computing and other technologies. South Africa imports a great deal of key technologies, particularly software. It is glaringly obvious that despite the […]

City of Cape Town to be a \'leader in OSS\'

December 7th, 2005 | 2 Comments »

The City of Cape Town is positioning itself to be a leader in open source software. This is the goal of Nirvesh Sooful, head of the IS&T Directorate in the city, who was speaking yesterday during the second Cape IT Initiative-hosted FOSS seminar. Sooful, who said the city already runs some of the \”largest open […]

Western Cape businesses embrace open source

December 7th, 2005 | No Comments »

Small and medium IT companies in the Western Cape have been quick to take advantage of open source software according to a recent survey of Western Cape open source companies. The audit of open source companies, jointly conducted by the Cape IT initiative (CITI), the Western Cape Provincial Government, the City of Cape Town and […]

Turbocash looks to Linux for expansion

December 7th, 2005 | 9 Comments »

Software developer, Philip Copeman, is looking for programmers to build a Linux version of the popular windows-based open source accounting software, Turbocash. Copeman is well known for his forthright views on open source and the Windows environment. In October, he told delegates at the African Computing and Telecommunications Summit that open source on Windows had […]

IBM backs OpenDocument for its office suite

December 7th, 2005 | No Comments »

IBM is adopting OpenDocument Format (ODF) for the first generally available release of its network-based collaboration and office productivity suite. IBM says its Workplace Managed Client 2.6, due in early 2006, would adopt ODF so users could easily share files and information. The Workplace Managed Client is currently available on a limited capacity, with more […]

Debian the hottest web server

December 7th, 2005 | No Comments »

Debian is currently the fastest growing Linux distribution for web servers, with more than 1.2 million active sites in December. Debian 3.1 was declared stable in July and it appears that both the anticipation of this release becoming stable, and the release itself, have generated new interest in Debian, after some years where it had […]

Firefox for scholars

December 7th, 2005 | No Comments »

Researchers at George Mason University are working on a new open source application meant to help users organize and cite materials they\’ve found online. Called Firefox Scholar, it\’s \”incredibly smart bookmarking,\” says Daniel J. Cohen, an assistant professor of history at George Mason who is working on the project. \”You\’re not just bookmarking the page, […]

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