Archive for June, 2006

Linux heads for mobile

June 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Two announcements have reitterated the Linux drive into the mobile phone space. Last Thursday, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone announced their intent to establish an open Linux-based software platform for mobile devices, and start-up A la Mobile lanched its convergent Linux platform for mobile phones yesterday. The activity in […]

Tuxlabs for 14 orphanages on Youth Day

June 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

Fourteen centres for orphaned and vulnerable children received computers, open source software and Internet access on South Africa’s Youth Day, June 16, as part of the Tuxlabs initiative. The 26 PCs and two laptops will be used by The Heartbeat Centre for Community Development’s 5 000 students countrywide. The machines were configured by the students […]

Books: Linux in Easy Steps

June 19th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Linux in Easy Steps Author: Mike McGrath Publisher: Computer Step ISBN: 1-8407-8275-7 Price: R135,96 (Intersoft) I’m not quite sure what to make of this book. I’m all for making it easier for new users to get into Linux but I’m not sure this book has the right approach. On the one hand it is so […]

Inwords offers Docbook XML conversion

June 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

South African documentation company InWords today announced a new service to port existing documentation and training material into the Docbook XML format. InWords’ director Sean Wheller says the company has a long history of using Docbook XML as the source format in developing documentation for customers. He says DocBook is an XML vocabulary that lets […]

FOSS a business opportunity for SMEs

June 15th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Free and open source software is not only becoming increasingly relevant for Africa but is also a compelling business case for start-up companies looking to service and support the growing number of open source installations. This is according to speakers at the FOSS breakfast hosted by the Cape IT Initiative earlier this week. Speaking at […]

Obsidian, Stratus partner to build Linux servers

June 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

Obsidian Systems and Stratus Technologies have partnered to launch Linux-based high availability servers into the South African market. The Stratus fault-tolerant servers will run Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Dick Sharod, country manager for Stratus Computer Technologies, says the company will be “announcing a new set of Linux-based offerings later this month. Obsidian will be our […]

JabberAfrica.org to close down

June 14th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

African instant messaging server JabberAfrica.org will be closing down at the end of June, three years after first opening the service. Jabber is an open source instant messaging platform that can be used by a range of users including PC users and cellphone users. Founder and sponsor Bruce Cohen says the financial burden of providing […]

Openlab releases version 4.1a

June 14th, 2006 | No Comments »

OpenLab International has released the latest iteration of its popular Linux distribution, OpenLab. Codenamed Conina, the build (4.1alpha1) is currently at alpha stage with the final release tentatively scheduled for late September. Chief software architect at OpenLab, AJ Venter, says the focus in the latest development cycle has been on addressing some of the weaknesses […]

South African PC user base to top 5 million

June 13th, 2006 | No Comments »

The number of personal computers in use in South Africa will pass the 5 million mark for the first time this year, according to a new study released today. The study also found that South African users are holding onto their PCs longer than distributors would have us believe. PC Users in South Africa 2006, […]

Google the Earth with Linux

June 13th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Google has released a version of Google Earth for Linux, at last. The Beta Version 4 has been tested on numerous versions of Linux, including Ubuntu, Suse, Linspire and Red Hat, and is a significant improvement to running Google Earth under Wine. While the product has run to some extent under the Linux Windows emulator, […]

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