Archive for December, 2006

Vote for SA's best e-commerce sites

December 10th, 2006 | No Comments »

Nominations for the South African e-commerce Awards closed at the end of November and the shortlist of nominees has been announced. The awards have been spearheaded by Albert Bredenhann of Jump Shopping in an effort to promote South Africa’s e-commerce development and culture. Commenting on the nominees, Bredenhann said, “the list has been very interesting, [...]

tuXlab Linux release targets education

December 7th, 2006 | No Comments »

Inkululeko Technologies will this week release the first public release of tuXlab, a GNU/Linux operating system for schools based on the popular distribution used by the Shuttleworth Foundation to provide low-cost Linux computer laboratories around South Africa. Inkululeko’s Jonathon Carter says “the goal of the tuXlab operating system is to provide a user friendly, support [...]

Edgy Kubuntu: A great desktop alternative

December 6th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

About a month ago I first installed Kubuntu Dapper Drake (6.06) on one of my home office machines. I really liked it. Last week, I decided to ditch the old version of Mandriva I’ve been running for about 18 months on my primary machine, a Toshiba laptop, and give Kubuntu a try there too. This [...]

Is Novell forking OpenOffice.org?

December 6th, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell saying it will improve interoperability between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office has sparked a mud-slinging match in the free software world. Some have accused Novell of forking OpenOffice.org, while others defend the move saying Novell has maintained its own version of OpenOffice.org for several years. It really gets interesting, though, when FOSS heavyweights like Miguel [...]

PostgreSQL 8.2 woos enterprise

December 6th, 2006 | No Comments »

The latest release of the PostgreSQL 8.2 database has been released with additional features requested by business users, according to developers. The PostgreSQL Global Development Group believes that the new features and maturity of their 14th release makes the database a true competitor in the enterprise market. In a release the development team writes: “With [...]

Novell to boost document interoperability

December 5th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Novell has announced that the Novell edition of the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite will now support the Office Open XML format, increasing interoperability between OpenOffice.org and the next generation of Microsoft Office. This is part of a collaborative project to create bi-directional open source translators between the OpenDocument format and the Office Open XML format. [...]

Get connected with free VoIP handbook

December 5th, 2006 | No Comments »

“The idea of using the internet as an alternative to the telephone network is not new, but the software that makes it possible certainly is revolutionary.” This is according to the authors of a new free book, VoIP-4D primer – building voice infrastructure in developing regions released yesterday. Funded by the International Development Research Center [...]

Asterisk saves call centre operator R4.5m

December 5th, 2006 | No Comments »

Metropolitan Health Group (MHG) had saved R4.5 million in the last two years by switching to open source software for its Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) call centre. This is according to MHG IT infrastructure manager Rod Russell, who said they migrated to Asterisk when they had to deliver a fully functional call centre in [...]

The Linux Warehouse partners with Scalix

December 4th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Linux Warehouse has announced that it is providing the Scalix email and group calendaring solution to the local market. Scalix Collaboration Platform is a powerful, Linux-based workgroup and collaboration server that can be used as a drop-in replacement for Microsoft’s Exchange server. Says Robin Edser, managing director of the Linux Warehouse, “Scalix recently began [...]

Novell readies for Linux-based Open Enterprise

December 4th, 2006 | No Comments »

Novell has introduced Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, announcing support from software partners and a training and technical services promotion. This is intended to to better help customers utilise the advanced workgroup and networking services on SUSE Linux Enterprise. Partners planning to support Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 include backup solution vendors CA, Commvault, Symantec [...]

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