Archive for November, 2006

University IT chief vows to dump Novell

November 27th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

University of the Western Cape (UWC) IT chief Derek Keats has said he will personally be leading a move to dump Novell products at the university. In a letter to Novell SA country manager, Stafford Masie, last week Keats, the executive director: information and communication services at UWC, said that “as the custodian of IT […]

'Nigeria to benefit from Wazobia Linux'

November 27th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

To make Nigerians feel more at home in their computing environment, Nigerians have been advised to embrace the Wazobia Linux operating system accessible in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba languages. Wazobia has been developed by West African Linux company, Leapsoft Technologies. At an event earlier this month in Lagos Leapsoft managing director, Mobolaji Onibudo, said the […]

Shuttleworth steps into OpenSuse quagmire

November 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has stepped into a quagmire of controversy with a public invitation to OpenSuse developers to join the Ubuntu community. The invitation, sent to the OpenSuse developers’ list, has been met with bad feeling on both the OpenSuse list as well as within the Ubuntu community, including a satirical response […]

Mobile VoIP could cost users their contracts

November 24th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Using their mobile phone’s data capability for voice over IP (VoIP) calls could cost users an arm and a leg and may even result in their contract being cancelled. This is according to the fine print included in the usage terms and conditions for some of the mobile phone operators. Using VoIP on MTN’s network, […]

Protest the Novell-Microsoft deal

November 23rd, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Open Source Initiative (OSI) co-founder and outspoken open source advocate Bruce Perens has launched a petition calling on Novell to reject Microsoft’s patent threats and to side with the free and open source software community. The petition has already been signed by hundreds of users, many of them SuSE users that say they will be […]

Novell fights to defend its reputation

November 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

Reacting to a statement last week by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer that the company had signed a deal with Novell because Linux incorporated Microsoft intellectual property, Novell has issued an “Open Letter to the Community” in which it tries to regain credibility in the free software world. “We disagree with the recent statements made by Microsoft […]

OSS-based retail tech centre opens in Benoni

November 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

The first of what is planned to become a technology retail chain, Zygo Zone Rynfield opened over the weekend in the Rynfield Shopping Centre in Benoni. Under the banner of “work, play, connect”, Zygo Zone is a new technology centre combining Internet, gaming print, copy and business centres, all run on open source. Running all […]

A week with SuSE 10

November 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

A series of events led me to installing a copy of Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 last week. Given the hype that Novell had made around the distribution I was expecting to be impressed. And I was. I had made arrangements to get a copy of SuSE 10 a day before the news about […]

Free State FabLab builds on free software

November 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

The world’s eleventh ever Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) was opened at the Central University of Technology’s (CUT) Science Park in Bloemfontein. This is the fourth such laboratory opened in SA, with the other three FabLabs located in Cape Town, Pretoria and Shoshonguve. The labs are the result of a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s […]

Telkom bid for BCX hits competition snag

November 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

The South African competition commission has recommended that the acquisition of information technology services company Business Connexion (BCX) by fixed-line operator Telkom be prohibited, it emerged on Friday. This is according to a report this morning by Business Report. The paper reported that Telkom chief executive Papi Molotsane said at the weekend that the group’s […]

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