Archive for May, 2006

Intel to donate 8000 PCs to Africa

May 31st, 2006 | 1 Comment »

On the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting being held in Cape Town this week, Intel has committed to deliver 8000 PCs to South Africa and Nigeria. The PCs will be distributed through the education departments of the two countries. Earlier this month Intel president and CEO told Reuters that the company plans to [...]

Bluefish, for all your web dev needs

May 31st, 2006 | 3 Comments »

Developers are rather picky about the editors they use, and open source developers more so than most. There’s a bit of elitism amongst the community – if you don’t use vim or Emacs then you’re just not hard-core enough. I’m happy to concede that I’m not hard-core at all, and I like my development environment [...]

OSS Berkeley Java database 3.0 out

May 31st, 2006 | No Comments »

Oracle yesterday announced the release of version 3.0 of the Berkley Java embeddable database. The company made the announcement during the JavaOne Developer Conference. Berkeley DB Java Edition is a high performance, transactional storage engine written entirely in Java. The database executes in the address space of the application, without the overhead of client-server communication [...]

Sun to take Ubuntu into the data centre on Niagara

May 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

Sun has officially announced that Ubuntu Dapper Drake will run on its UltraSPARC T1 processor. With Canonical having said that Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long-Term Support) is to be the first corporate distribution in its short but eventful history, the announcement adds meat to its promise by taking Ubuntu into the data centre. The UltraSPARC T1 [...]

Lagos to host African VoIP Forum

May 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

Lagos, Nigeria, is to host the third annual African VoIP Forum from 31 July to 3 August. The event is being hosted by Aitec Africa and ICT magazine, IT Edge. Aitec’s Sean Moroney says “the third African Forum on Internet telephony is a unique opportunity for telecommunication operators, ISPs and corporate users to learn more [...]

SA open source game developers' quest for glory

May 26th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

A group of South African game developers will meet in Johannesburg tomorrow to hammer out plans for the development of an open source adventure role-playing game that they hope will reinvigorate South Africa’s game development industry. Project leader, Henti Smith, says the group is aiming to create a game in the spirit of the early-’90s [...]

OLPC reaches milestone as OS, hardware comes together

May 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

The One Laptop Per Child project achieved what it’s referring to as a major milestone this week, combining the hardware and software for the $100 laptop for the first time. It also showed off alternative designs and colour schemes. Unveiled at the Country Task Force Meeting on Tuesday, the new models sported Redhat’s Fedora Core [...]

SA PC market booming

May 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

South Africans are proving to be PC-hungry, with the SA PC market growing 31.6% in the first quarter of 2006 according to local ICT market analyst BMI-TechKnowledge. Price wars and the demand for laptops are driving the insatiable market. Year-on-year growth is at 34.8%, says BMI-T. “The ongoing price wars and ensuing price reductions, assisted [...]

African localisation wins at Stockholm

May 24th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Let’s face it: it’s never nice coming second (or for that matter third or fourth). But South African non-profit Translate.org.za does have something to cheer about after they returned empty-handed from the Stockholm Challenge Award ceremony earlier this month. A little-known African localisation projected called KiLinux, which translated open source office suite OpenOffice.org into Swahili, [...]

Novell releases hardware partners from the kernel

May 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell says that it has developed a new Linux driver process that will enable hardware manufacturers to offer device drivers without complex compiling for the end-user or waiting for the kernel to include the drivers. Say goodbye to make and make install. The new system – called the Partner Linux Driver Process – is available [...]

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