Archive for March, 2006

Engen powers East Cape open source

March 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Shuttleworth Foundation’s Tuxlab project has received a welcome boost from Engen, which will be providing sponsorship for the installation of nine Tuxlabs in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The labs bring open source computer laboratories to the neediest of schools. The Engen sponsorship will enable the Shuttleworth Foundation to continue with […]

Novell's first Linux workgroup suite

March 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell has introduced its first workgroup suite running on Linux. The Novell Open Workgroup Suite includes server and desktop components with management tools, e-mail and collaboration, office products. “Many of our customers are looking for alternatives to current restrictive licensing options,” says John Marciano, COO for Novell partner KIS. “Some of them spend more than […]

Sophos launches new Linux anti-virus

March 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

Sophos has announced the new version of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux, which now includes on-access scanning for Linux platforms. SAV for Linux version 5.0 detects and disinfects viruses, Trojans, worms and spyware targeting Linux, Windows and other platforms whenever files are accessed on a Linux computer. Designed for enterprise environments, Sophos claims high speed scans. […]

GPL wins in court battle

March 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

A US federal judge has ruled against antitrust claims that the General Public Licence promotes unfair competition, and in doing so has promoted its cause. On Monday, US Federal Judge John Daniel Tinder, dismissed the Sherman Act antitrust claims brought against the Free Software Foundation. The claims made by Plaintiff Daniel Wallace included: that the […]

Interconnection rate drops don't always benefit customers

March 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

Decreases in interconnection rates — the amount telecommunications operators charge each other to use their networks — have not always led to reductions in the prices charged to customers, according to a new report Setting Interconnection Prices in Africa, published by Balancing Act. Author Robert Hall says that although interconnection negotiations should in the main […]

Soweto's OSS hackers attract attention

March 22nd, 2006 | 2 Comments »

The CSIR Open Source Centre plans to open a satellite centre in Soweto in May this year to expose untapped ICT skills and research potential in the township just south of Johannesburg. OpenProject focus area leader at the Open Source Centre, Ntsika Msimang, who will manage the new centre, says South Africans are talented enough […]

Sneak peak at next year's Novell Open Enterprise Server

March 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell has outlined its long-term roadmap for Linux-based Novell Open Enterprise Server, with the mid-2007 “Cypress” release expected to include server virtualisation, better integration with Novell and Microsoft directories, and more processor support. Open Enterprise Server brings Novell’s flagship product, Netware, to Linux. With the Open Enterprise Server, the Netware kernel will fall away, with […]

Shuttleworth confirms 1 June for Dapper

March 21st, 2006 | 4 Comments »

In an e-mail to the Ubuntu community last night, Mark Shuttleworth confirmed the release date for Ubuntu Dapper Drake desktop and server editions as 1 June. According to Shuttleworth, the extra time will be devoted to quality assurance, Asian language support, and “polish” for the user interface. The XFCE desktop will also be integrated into […]

Biggest Tuxlab launched

March 20th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Local relief agency Gift of the Givers, in conjunction with the Shuttleworth Foundation, has installed the largest Tuxlab in the country. The 50 seat computer centre at the Northbury Park Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg was officially launched on Friday. In attendance were Inya Cronje, minister of education for KwaZulu Natal, Gift of the Givers representatives, […]

$187 Linux laptop for China

March 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Chinese company Menglan Group plans to sell a Linux laptop for 1 500 yuan ($187) in China, hoping to tap demand in the nation’s rural areas. The computer — called Longmeng, or Dragon Dream — weighs 500 grams and uses a Godson II CPU developed by the Chinese Institute of Computing Technology, which is roughly […]

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