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Archive for March, 2006

Creative Commons licence wins first legal challenge

March 17th, 2006 | No Comments »

The first known court decision involving a Creative Commons licence was handed down on 9 March, 2006 by the District Court of Amsterdam. The court ruled that the conditions of a Creative Commons licence automatically apply to the content licenced under it. MTV personality and podcasting guru Adam Curry published photos of his family on […]

OSS dreams do come true

March 17th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The Pietermaritzburg Linux Enthusiasts Group (PLEG, pronounced “pledge”) recently made the dream of Ayanda Mthethwa, a 13-year-old with congenital heart disease, come true. In late February 2006, PLEG learned about a local community project which aimed to make a terminally ill child’s dream come true every month. What caught the attention of PLEG was Mthethwa’s […]

Will Suse 10's cool looks be enough to win hearts?

March 16th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

It has a clean and has immaculate look about it with enough eye-candy to make it a hit with both Linux enthusiasts good desktop design fans. But does the forthcoming vesion 10 of Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (previously called Novell Linux Desktop) really have what it takes to make the real inroads into the desktop […]

Dapper launch date 1 June

March 16th, 2006 | No Comments »

An online meeting between Mark Shuttleworth and his team voted in favour of the six week delay for Ubuntu’s Dapper Drake. According to the new “slewed” schedule, the beta version will be available on 20 April – the original date set for Dapper Drake’s release – and Dapper Drake will launch on 1 June. While […]

Thinking out of the box for education

March 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

Educators and developers will gather at the West Africa Developer Roadshow in Ghana later this year to collaborate on “Education-out-of-the-box”, a software collection that is aimed at helping those in the educational arena use FOSS. Open Mentor at the CSIR Open Source Centre, Kim Tucker, is driving the project along with an “informal network of […]

A computer for Africa

March 15th, 2006 | 3 Comments »

Ochuko Onoberhie is from the Fantsuam Foundation in Nigeria, a non-profit founded in 1996. Among the many many projects pursued by the organisation one — the Solo computer — stands out. The Solo computer is a plan to create a computer that can withstand the heat, dust and irregular power challenges many African countries suffer […]

Linux worth $50 billion for IBM

March 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

Linux was worth $16 billion for IBM last year, and is projected to be worth more than $50 billion, mainly thanks to government open source spend, the company’s global head of public sector Linux sales, Mary Ann Fisher, tells ComputerWorld. Source: Computerworld

Dapper delay looks likely after online meeting

March 15th, 2006 | 4 Comments »

Developers, users and interested parties met online last night to discuss Ubuntu Dapper Drake’s possible six-week delay, proposed by Mark Shuttleworth last week. The large group had mixed feelings, but on the whole seemed to be in agreement with Shuttleworth – rather delay for a “polished” product. To date, Ubuntu has stuck to a rigid […]

Workplace ported to Linux, but IBM sticking to Windows

March 14th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

IBM is not going to replace Windows with Linux on its 300 000-odd desktops, but it has ported its groupware suite, Workplace, to the Linux operating system, according to Joe Ruthvern, IBM SA’s Linux and OSS business development manager. He also tells us that about 15 000 IBM employees currently use Red Hat Linux in […]

In defence of “Comrades! GPLv3 is here!”

March 14th, 2006 | 5 Comments »

My piece “Comrades! GPLv3 is here!” has generated some debate, both on Tectonic and dot kde where it enjoyed some inadvertent exposure over the last few days thanks to Tectonic’s coverage of the new KDE. The inspiration for the column was a recent debate between myself and a former colleague on the South African Open […]

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