Archive for September, 2006

SA education software wins global fans

September 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

International open courseware practitioners have adopted Kewl, an education application framework developed in South Africa. This is according to Philipp Schmidt who says a number of organisations providing open courseware, including the United Nations University Merit Institute, are using the software. Kewl, a PHP framework for educational organisations, was developed by the African Virtual Open […]

Flexibility key to new Mambo release

September 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Popular open source content management system (CMS) Mambo today released version 4.6. This is the first major release in almost two years. The Mambo has released this version in two configurations: a “4.6 Complete”, which includes the core system as well as an assortment of the most popular extensions and templates, and “4.6 Lite”, a […]

Skaap to slash international call costs

September 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Ready to tackle Telkom head-on in the market place Skaap, a South African VoIP company, has launched a service that helps South African landline and cellphone users reduce their international phone call costs. Skaap managing director Brett Magrath, says the service will allow customers to reduce costs by more than 50 percent on overseas phone […]

Telecoms Action Group ready to roll

September 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

It has been a month since the Telecoms Action Group (Tag) launched an ambitious fundraising drive to take out a full page advert in a leading national newspaper to protest the current lack of alternatives in the South African telecommunications sector. About 200 people have pledged over R67 000, far exceeding the original R50 000 […]

Red Hat releases JBoss stack, eyes SOA

September 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

Ninety days after its purchase of JBoss, Red Hat has released its first application stack with integrated JBoss technology for high-end LAMP and Java servers. It also announced that JBoss middleware subscriptions are available to its global partners. The application stack is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and includes JBoss Application Server, JBoss Hibernate, […]

Fossfa calls on African leaders to adopt FOSS

September 19th, 2006 | No Comments »

In a statement released on Software Freedom Day (September 16) the Free Software and Open Source Foundation (FOSSFA) called on heads of state, policy makers and all Africans to support free and open source software (FOSS). “On the occasion of Software Freedom Day 2006, [Fossfa] wishes to reiterate that African development is first the duty […]

Storm bets on open source Asterisk

September 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

Local voice and data service provider, Storm has turned to open source Asterisk to give clients an opportunity to venture into VoIP at low cost. The company has partnered with Asterisk specialists Connection Telecom and Clarotech. “Asterisk is an ideal way of venturing into IP Telephony at low cost and risk,” says Dave Gale, business […]

State science department embraces Linux

September 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

South Africa’s department of science and technology (DST) is taking bold steps towards switching to free and open source software(Foss) and is starting to move its first desktop users over to Linux. Speaking at the Software Freedom Day celebrations hosted by DST on Saturday, DST director general Dr Phil Mjwara said the entire 14-person National […]

Gear up for flight

September 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

There’s a perception – not entirely unwarranted – that open source games are sub-par. Certainly, open source games that match up favourably against their proprietary brethren are few and far between, especially in the 3D realm. And that’s what makes FlightGear stand out so distinctly from the crowd. FlightGear is an open source flight simulator […]

CITI backs free software

September 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Cape IT Initiative (Citi) today announced its support for free and open source software saying they see huge opportunity in FOSS and do not believe that Africa afford to pay billions of dollars into the coffers of offshore proprietary multinationals “On September 16 the world celebrates Software Freedom Day and CITI would like to […]

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