Archive for December, 2006

FSF helps free online gaming world

December 15th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Free Software Foundation announced that it will officially support the Free Ryzom campaign with a pledge of $60 000. Ryzom is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) engine and client/server architecture which was developed by the now bankrupt Nevrax company. When Nevrax announced their bankruptcy a community of volunteers formed by ex-employees, current [...]

OpenOffice.org 2.1 released

December 13th, 2006 | No Comments »

OpenOffice.org‘s third release of the year, version 2.1 is available as a 94 meg download, marginally bigger than the 92.7 megs of version 2.0. At a casual glance there is nothing obviously new in this version, but there are several improvements on interoperability and final presentation of documents. For users, the presentations application, Impress, now [...]

Linux radio suite powers independent broadcasters

December 13th, 2006 | No Comments »

Community radio stations in Sierra Leone and in other emerging democracies may well soon be powered by Campcaster 1.1, free and open source software that turns a PC running the free Linux operating system into an essential tool for radio broadcasting. Campcaster 1.1, code-named “Freetown”, was released last week by developers Media Development Loan Fund [...]

Firefox 3 Alpha released for developers

December 12th, 2006 | No Comments »

Mozilla have released the first alpha version of Firefox 3. Named Gran Paradiso, this unstable version is only recommended for developers. Still in its very early stages, much of the work being done on the project still involves planning, scoping and assigning of tasks. To view the progress on this or to become involved, visit [...]

SA Linux supercomputer to aid HIV research

December 12th, 2006 | No Comments »

South Africa’s department of science and technology, Intel and the Meraka Institute yesterday unveiled a new high performance computer (HPC) designed to assist in HIV and Aids research. The HPC, based at the CSIR’s Meraka Institute in Pretoria was officially switched on by deputy minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom and visiting Intel chairman [...]

Use KnowledgeTree in your own programs

December 11th, 2006 | No Comments »

KnowledgeTree, the commercial open source document management system, has announced the launch of the “Powered by KnowledgeTree” original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensing programme. With this programme it intends to enable KnowledgeTree partners to make use of KnowledgeTree’s document management system within their own branded applications. “KnowledgeTree provides OEMs and resellers with a powerful and easy [...]

UWC ICT chief withdraws threat to Novell

December 11th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Derek Keats, IT chief at the University of the Western Cape has released a letter in which he updates the FOSS community on the letter he wrote to Stafford Masie of Novell South Africa. Sparked by the Novell/Microsoft agreement, in his first letter Keats said that “as the custodian of IT at UWC, I will [...]

Microsoft deal good for Linux – Novell SA chief

December 11th, 2006 | No Comments »

More Linux companies should look at striking a deal with Microsoft. This is the line from Novell SA country manager Stafford Masie who was speaking at the CITI Foss Forum in Cape Town last week. “This deal is not an exclusive arrangement with Microsoft. We are encouraging Redhat, Ubuntu and others to consider a similar [...]

Mandriva Linux on a stick

December 11th, 2006 | No Comments »

Mandriva this weekend launched Mandriva Flash, portable Linux version built on a USB key. As a “live” version users can simply plug in the USB key, turn the PC on and the Mandriva Linux 2007 operating system is ready to use In a release over the weekend the company said “the main advantage of Mandriva [...]

Date set for telecoms action

December 11th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Telecoms Action Group (TAG) will publish its advert on Friday 19 January 2007 in the Mail&Guardian newspaper. The advert, developed in conjunction with Da Vinci Edison Bell and Peppermint media strategists, and paid for by over 100 pledgers, will reveal how Telkom manages to make billions of rands profit at the expense of the [...]

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