Archive for January, 2006

Open source for South African high-performance cluster

January 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Pretoria-based Meraka Institute is accepting proposals for what it calls a “modest high-performance computing (HPC) facility”, dubbed C4, for scientific research. Proposals due by the end of January should include “as much open source software as possible”, according to the Request for Proposals (RFP) document. The C4 cluster will be used for bioinformatics, aerospace, […]

Open source the focus at NGO conference

January 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

The South African NGO Network’s (Sangonet) second annual “ICTs for Civil Society” conference and exhibition will have a strong emphasis on open source software. Sangonet executive director, David Barnard, says the conference will target NGOs experienced in the open source field, as well as NGOs who haven’t actively engaged with open source software yet. “We […]

Bandwidth Barn funding cut, looking for new sponsors

January 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

Following a five-year relationship, UUNET SA has cut back its sponsorship of the Cape IT Initiative (CITI) and the Bandwidth Barn incubator in Cape Town South Africa, as part of its new focus as Verizon Business. Although Verizon will continue to provide some sponsorship, at a reduced rate, the funding cut has left the Bandwidth […]

Sita tender postponed to Valentine's day

January 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) will release results of South Africa’s biggest open source tender on 14 February. Sita officials said the announcement has been delayed two weeks from its 31 January target date due to “procedural” reasons. The government called for bids in October last year for the procurement of an open source […]

Jonga back on Google index

January 24th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

South African search engine, Jonga, is back on Google after a 10-day break from the search index of the world’s most popular search engine. Owner of Jonga, Alistair Carruthers says Jonga returned to Google’s index last Thursday night, shortly after the media attention. Last week, Tectonic reported that the website had disappeared from the Google […]

Bringing order to chaos

January 24th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

IBM has begun to release its Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) to the open source community, putting its Java UIMA Framework source code onto Sourceforge under the Common Public License. Unstructured information is the generic term for all data saved without extra, searchable information about it, or data that you simply can’t normally search for […]

Telco providers join to promote free software platforms

January 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Network equipment providers Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens have launched Scope, an industry alliance to accelerate the deployment of free software-based carrier-grade platforms in the telecommunications sector. The alliance, launched at the start of 2006, is intended to “enable and promote the availability of open carrier grade base platforms based on commercial off-the-shelf […]

Big brother Linux

January 24th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Cape Town-based Linux solutions provider Redlinx has built a high-end digital video recording appliance based on open source software. The solution runs on Suse Enterprise Linux and MySQL for a highly scalable and customisable solution to all security woes. According to Sean van der Walt, Redlinx MD, the system is specifically designed to offer fast […]

Philips releases cordless Linux TV phone

January 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Philips VP5500 is a cordless SIP VoIP phone with an integrated VGA camera and 2.2-inch backlit display supporting 65 000 colours. The VP5500 has audio and TV out. When cabled to a TV, it can display inbound 352 x 288 video. It is currently available in the Netherlands through the KPN network, with roll-out […]

Redhat hopes to port Linux to new Intel Macs

January 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Redhat spokeswoman Gillian Farquhar confirmed last week that the company hopes to help its developers figure out how to get Linux working on the new Macs. “That’s definitely happening,” Farquhar said of the effort, though it hasn’t gone far because the Linux seller doesn’t yet have any of Apple’s new machines. Source: News.com

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