Archive for May, 2006

Hacking with Nat Friedman

May 22nd, 2006 | 4 Comments »

“Want to see a really cool hack?” Nat Friedman asks me. He flips his IBM X60 Thinkpad onto its side and the image on the screen turns horizontal. Then he drops to the command line, changes some esoteric settings, goes back into Gnome, and tilts his machine. The foreground window starts sliding in the direction […]

Web caching and bandwidth management with open source

May 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the Tertiary Education Network (TENET) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), are inviting applications for a five day Web caching and bandwidth management tools workshop to be held in Cape Town July 2-6 2006. The workshop will focus extensively on open source technologies, […]

LPI clarifies SA exam pricing

May 19th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Linux Professional Institute exam prices will remain unchanged in South Africa until the end of the year. That’s the word from director of operations, Glenn McKnight, who is in South Africa overseeing the LPI examination event at LinuxWorld Johannesburg. He described reports of South African LPI exam prices sharply rising towards the end of this […]

First Ubuntu Linux certifications held at LinuxWorld SA

May 18th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Six South Africans were this afternoon the first candidates worldwide to write the brand new Ubuntu Professional certification. They wrote the exams, backed by the Linux Professional Association (LPI), during the LinuxWorld show in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Ubuntu Professional certification is an extension to the LPI level 1 exams. Candidates are required to pass […]

OSS giving voice to the disabled

May 17th, 2006 | No Comments »

It’s one thing relying on proprietary technology to write a document, touch up a photograph, or send an email. But the stakes are much higher when the technology may be your only communication link to the world. This is the reality for people like Martin Pistorius, a disability consultant who is quadriplegic and cannot speak. […]

Madog cautions SA against one laptop per child project

May 17th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

MIT’s “$100-dollar laptop” has created a huge buzz, but does it make sense for the developing world? Linux International executive director, Jon “Maddog” Hall, offered an alternative for South Africans at LinuxWorld Johannesburg on Tuesday. Hall told delegates at the tech conference that although the One Laptop per Child initiative – which aims to provide […]

New Tuxlab looks to community for sustainability

May 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

A new model for sustainably implementing computer laboratories in underprivileged schools is being piloted by Tuxlabs, a division of the Shuttleworth Foundation. Tuxlabs has partnered with a Sowetan entrepreneur, who will sell services in a school’s open source laboratory to the community once the school day ends. St Martin’s High School in Orlando West, Soweto, […]

Doc management team releases commercial edition

May 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

South Africa-developed open source document management application KnowledgeTree is now also available in a paid-for version which includes a range of additional features over the downloadable version and commercial support. The additonal features include simplified installers and application-level integration with common software such as Microsoft Office. The Professional Edition also includes priority commercial support (within […]

Novell Ships Suse Linux 10.1

May 12th, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell today announced Suse Linux 10.1, the newest version of Novell’s community Linux distribution, is available. Suse Linux 10.1 is the first version of Suse Linux created in full partnership with the open source community, openSuse. “Novell and the openSuse community have created a Linux product that will interest new Linux users as well as […]

Impi Linux focuses on migration

May 10th, 2006 | No Comments »

In a presentation to press and potential partners yesterday, Impi Linux – predominantly owned by Mark Shuttleworth – previewed some of the expected features of its next distribution. While the new Impi will be based on Ubuntu Dapper Drake, it will not be constricting itself to pure open source and free packages, with StarOffice and […]

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