Archive for October, 2006

Latest version of KEWL.NextGen

October 31st, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The latest version of KEWL.NextGen, a free and open source software e-learning platform, (learning management system) has been released. The Free Software Innovation Unit (FSIU) located in Information & Communication Services (ICS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and the African Virtual Open Initiative and Resources (AVOIR) project have released version 1.4.0 of [...]

Making Ubuntu even simpler for newbies

October 31st, 2006 | No Comments »

After looking at most GNU/Linux distributions, author Rickford Grant finally settled on Ubuntu. Grant is the authour of Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks (No Starch Press, ISBN 1-59327-118-2). It’s subtitled “a pain-free, project-based, get-things-done guidebook”. Grant is also the author of two other Linux books, Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy (both from No Starch [...]

ZybaCafe alpha version out

October 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

After nearly a year of design and months of coding, developer A.J. Venter was proud and happy to announce that the first alpha release of ZybaCafe is available. Venter said, “this release should be good to go in nearly any situation, but before I declare it stable I am giving users a chance to test [...]

Eastern Cape set for broadband rollout

October 30th, 2006 | No Comments »

UniNet and Ilizwi Telecommunications (ITel) recently concluded a deal that will see the rollout of a broadband network in the Eastern Cape. ITel is a licenced “Under Serviced Area Licencee” (USAL) for the OR Tambo district, which includes the towns of Umtata, Mqanduli, Libode, Tsolo, Qumbu, Ngqeleni, Tabankulu, Port St Johns, Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Bizana. [...]

Meet Zod – Fedora 6 released

October 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, announced the release of Fedora 6 earlier this week. Named Zod, the release is available for download at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download Red Hat claim that Fedora Core 6 provides a noticeable performance increase during the start-up of applications such as OpenOffice.org. In addition to the [...]

Ubuntu releases Edgy Eft

October 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, the world’s fastest growing Linux distribution, today announced its latest desktop and server version. Following months of development and user feedback, Ubuntu 6.10 sports a cleaner, sharper design, together with new and enhanced desktop applications and advances in security. The Edgy release is the latest in six-monthly releases of [...]

Nat Friedman scoops technologist award

October 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

VARBusiness Magazine has named Nat Friedman, Novell’s chief technology and strategy officer for open source, as its first ever Technologist of the Year. Friedman was honored for innovation in Novell’s most recent desktop Linux offering, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, but this was a group effort. I [...]

Linux Competency Centre open for use

October 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

On Wednesday a launch was held for the IBM Linux Competency Centre (LCC) at the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) on the Wits campus. The idea behind the LCC is to offer businesses who are considering switching to Linux an opportunity to test their systems without having to disrupt their own operations. Having partnered [...]

Oracle takes on Red Hat

October 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

Six months ago Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison said that the software giant was looking for an operating system to complete its software stack. Most commentators suggested this was likely to be a Linux OS and rumours of a buyout – perhaps of Red Hat – quickly began to circulate. The rumours were wrong, however, and [...]

Firefox 2 released

October 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

Mozilla released the much anticipated Firefox 2 yesterday. The new version totals 5.6 megs and is availaible for download at both www.getfirefox.com and Mozilla.com/firefox. As with the previous releases, it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac users. Following hot on the heels of the IE 7 release, comparisons already abound between the two. Although [...]

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