Archive for August, 2006

Icasa head to address telecoms costs at conference

August 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

Icasa chairperson Paris Mashile will address the Mobility 2006 conference on September 14 on the complexities of regulating costs for telecommunications in South Africa, according to organisers. The conference will be hosted by World Wide Worx to release the findings of its annual research into the impact of mobile and wireless technologies, and to present [...]

Consumers demand telecoms changes

August 30th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The Telecoms Action Group launched its national consumer advocacy campaign today, calling on South African businesses and private individuals to take out a full page advert in a national newspaper protesting the lack of alternatives in the SA telecommunications sector. “We want to send a clear message to the South African government that Telkom’s high [...]

Win4Lin adds Ubuntu support

August 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

Win4Lin has announced full Ubuntu 6.06(Dapper) support for Win4Lin Pro Desktop and Win4Lin Virtual Desktop Server. Win4Lin Pro Desktop allows Linux users to run Windows applications on Linux while Win4Lin Virtual Desktop Server is an enterprise and SMB product for making Windows applications available to thin clients using a Linux server. The company says both [...]

D-Link releases VoIP, wireless router

August 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

D-Link yesterday released an 802.11g wireless router with a difference into the South African market. The DVG-G1402S, aimed at the home and small home office (Soho) market, includes embedded voice-over-IP (VoIP) functionality. Aside from the 802.11g wireless networking capabilities users can also connect up to two analog phones to the router. The router comes with [...]

SA patent opposition could be costly

August 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

The battle to get a Microsoft-held XML patent overturned may not be as easily won in South Africa as it was in NZOSS) Peter Harrison. NZOSS led the challenge to the patent in New Zealand. One of the critical differences between the two scenarios, says Harisson, is that the patent was defeated at the “pre-grant” [...]

African Wi-Fi hot spots come of age

August 29th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Balancing Act Africa Initially, paid-for Wi-Fi hot spots proved a difficult sell in developed countries. But eventually those that couldn’t bear to be parted from their email became slowly addicted. In the UK the addiction has become so bad that it is affecting sales levels in the coffee shops that offer the service. African markets [...]

OSS group claims Microsoft patent victory

August 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The New Zealand Open Source Society(NZOSS) has claimed a moral victory in the patent office after Microsoft amended its patent on XML schema. NZOSS president Peter Harrison says the changes made to the patent were such that the organisation was no longer concerned about the threat posed by the patent. In South Africa, however, the [...]

Get your head around software licensing

August 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The use of free and open source software is growing rapidly and more and more users are being attracted by the appeal of community-driven free software. But for many organisations and businesses the notion of a “free” software licence is confusing, and sometimes even threatening. Particularly for organisations that build their businesses on software, there [...]

Award to recognise contributions to FOSS

August 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

NGO APC (The Association for Progressive Communications) has announced an award for organisations or people working to make it easier for others to start using free and open source software(FOSS). The prize of US$4 000 will be awarded to “any person or group doing extraordinary work to make FOSS accessible to ordinary computer users” and [...]

BarCamp fever hits South Africa

August 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

“Open source conferencing” will hit Johannesburg and Durban by the end of the year as BarCamp fever grips South Africa. Earlier this year, Tectonic reported on preparations for the massively successful BarCamp Cape Town (see some pics; roundup). Now geeks in Johannesburg and Durban are following suit. The BarCamp formula is simple: entrance is free, [...]

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