Archive for March, 2006

Mambo wins best OSS at Aussie LinuxWorld

March 31st, 2006 | 1 Comment »

A panel of industry professionals at the LinuxWorld Australia conference in Sydney has named the Mambo content management system “Best Open Source Software Solution”. This is the third time Mambo software has won the award and brings the number of awards received in the last two years to six. “The Team is honored to receive [...]

Open for business

March 31st, 2006 | No Comments »

Open source software is not just ready for mission critical implementations, but is in many cases an even better choice for organisations. This is the message delivered by Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) Bill Koff, who was speaking in Johannesburg this week. Based in New York as the vice president of CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, Koff [...]

Free technical workshops

March 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

A group of local free software enthusiasts have got together to set up an open source showcase at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on Saturday 1 April. Also on the agenda for the day will be a series of free technical workshops that anyone can sign up to join. Workshops on the agenda include gtk2-perl, [...]

HP South Africa confirms Linux laptop plans

March 30th, 2006 | 4 Comments »

HP South Africa has confirmed the release of it’s Linspire-based notebook range. Since Tectonic first reported on HP’s plans for a Linux-based notebook range in February, we can confirm that Tom Hoyt, Insternational sales manager of Linspire, has been in South Africa meeting with local businesses, including HP, and is very enthusiastic about the opportunties [...]

Seven’s push-email to challenge Blackberry in South Africa

March 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

The second largest push-email supplier in the world, Seven, looks set to challenge the market-leading Blackberry in South Africa. Local IT company, Dualcoms, announced the South African launch of Seven’s device-agnostic push-email technology today, saying it is a “compelling alternative” to Blackberry in South Africa. Dualcoms CEO Andrew Dawson told journalists that despite a massive [...]

You be the ghost in the machine

March 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

There’s nothing quite as geeky as a programmable robot. South African technology company Starship Systems is taking advantage of this geek obsession with a competition to program the Wow Wee Robosapien V2 robot with Starship System’s home-grown Java software development kit (SDK) for the cute little electronic critter. The software development kit is expected to [...]

Making voice more accessible with OSS

March 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The CSIR’s Meraka Institute has developed an open source interactive voice response (IVR) designer for Asterisk called DialogPalette which it hopes will make IVRs more locally and culturally relevant. Existing interactive voice response systems are currently not satisfactory, believes Meraka. In addition, the cost of commercial telephony-based systems and related training is often beyond the [...]

Freedom Toaster to allow user uploads

March 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Shuttleworth Foundation’s Freedom Toasters are set to receive a content-sharing upgrade, which will be music to some users’ ears. Up until now, Freedom Toasters have essentially been open source software vending machines – enabling users to burn open source software and content onto CDs and DVDs. Lead developer, Jason Hudson, says they now want [...]

From insects to kids and computers to comics

March 27th, 2006 | No Comments »

Joris Komen of Namibia has built up quite a reputation as the tough-talking director of Schoolnet Namibia. How he got to this position is a small story in itself. “Up until 1999 I was involved as a curator of birds in a national museum. As a biologist, I got very heavily involved in databases and [...]

Lightning strikes Thunderbird down

March 27th, 2006 | 3 Comments »

While it’s always been an exemplary mail client, Mozilla Thunderbird has always desperately lacked one vital component – an integrated calendar. Despite users baying for this one feature, the Mozilla team stuck to its guns a little too long, wanting to deliver an application that did mail and nothing else. Personally, I believe that this [...]

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