Archive for February, 2006

Sita OSS tender winners cautiously optimistic

February 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

A cautious optimism is running through the open source industry after Sita awarded potentially South Africa’s biggest open source deal last week. Eight companies – Business Connexion, Gijima, Choice Technologies, IBM, ImpiLinux, Novell, Obsidian Systems and Sourcecom — have been selected to be the suppliers of open source software and support services to the government [...]

The state of African free software

February 27th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

I spent last Friday evening at a Microsoft-sponsored cocktail party. Nothing too peculiar about that you might think unless I told you the event in question was held in Nairobi and was part of the programme of the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa Idlelo 2 conference. In fact, Microsoft not only sponsored [...]

Project Higgins for user-centric ID management

February 27th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

IBM, Novell and Parity Communications today announced that they are contributing code to an open source initiative — code-named “Project Higgins” — that will spawn a new generation of security software, giving people more control over their personal online identity information. Project Higgins – which is being managed by the Eclipse open source foundation — [...]

Lenovo brand launches in SA

February 27th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Lenovo South Africa launched its products officially on Friday, with desktops and laptops that look distinctly non-IBM. The new company is hoping to capture a slice of the lucrative home user and SME markets with its 3000 series, while the Think brand continues to play in the corporate arena. While all of the Lenovo 3000 [...]

Ubuntu goes small

February 27th, 2006 | No Comments »

The family of operating systems based on the Ubuntu platform continues to expand – this time to the ever-growing embedded world of small, light devices like PDAs and Internet tablets. A new Ubuntu project, Embedded Ubuntu, hopes to bring Ubuntu down to size. According to the rationale on the project’s Web page, “There are over [...]

Shuttleworth urges telecoms reform

February 24th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Ubuntu Linux founder and entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth yesterday hit out at the African telecommunications sector saying the current “cartels” as they existed are not able to deliver effective and affordable bandwidth to the continent. Shuttleworth, who was speaking during the opening of the Idlelo2 conference in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday, listed bandwidth as the number one [...]

Fossfa ratifies constitution, elects council

February 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa(FOSSFA) last night ratified formally its constitution and elected a new council to take the organisation forward for the next to years. The constitution was ratified during the annual general meeting which was held yesterday during the Idlelo2 conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fossfa constitution has been [...]

Redhat's answer to Novell's eye candy

February 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

The next version of Redhat’s Fedora Linux will include AIGLX (Accelerated Indirect GLX) to give the operating system some of the eye candy of rival Novell’s XGL. Advocates say AIGLX will be less intrusive. Both systems offer enhanced 3D graphics for desktop users. Source: News.com and NetworkWorld

Panda secures desktop Linux

February 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Panda Software has announced the beta release of a desktop security product designed for Linux workstations. DesktopSecure provides basic anti-malware, firewall and intrusion prevention system to address more frequently reported buffer overflow and privilege escalation vulnerabilities. Source: Enterprise Networking Planet and VNUNet.com

Sita tender winners named

February 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

The winners of the State IT Agency’s (Sita) open source tender have been decided. Business Connexion, Gijima, Choice Technologies, IBM, ImpiLinux, Novell, Obsidian Systems and Sourcecom have been selected to be the suppliers of open source software and support services to the government and Sita over the next three years. Project manager for open source [...]

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