Archive for January, 2007

French car maker opts for Linux

January 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second-largest automobile manufacturer in Europe, has signed a deal with Novell to use their SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. The exact details of the deal have not been disclosed, but the announcement by the two companies said they had signed a “multi-year contract allowing the deployment of up to 20 000 Linux [...]

Shuttleworth shuts LPI shop, Meraka steps in

January 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

The CSIR’s Meraka Institute is expected to become the new South African Linux Professional Institute (LPI) affiliate now that the Shuttleworth Foundation has ended its relationship with the LPI. The Foundation was expected to hand over LPI affiliate status to its successor at the end of February but appears to have already closed up shop, [...]

Microsoft software banned at WSF

January 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

Microsoft Corporation’s products were locked out of the recent World Social Forum (WSF) held in Nairobi, Kenya. With over 300 computers provided for participants and the press, organisers of the WSF preferred to provide open source software products and blocked all Microsoft related products at the forum. Participants attending the WSF, which for the first [...]

Windows Vista finally released for consumers

January 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

After countless delays Windows Vista and Office 2007 were finally released today to consumers in what Microsoft calls its “most significant release ever”. Coming, as it does, three years after its expected debut, Microsoft is at pains to stress the many “revolutionary” features included in Vista. But as the ever-entertaining The Register points out: “I’m [...]

Wikipedia, Apache founders for Cape Freedom Expo

January 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Apache Group founder and primary developer Brian Behlendorf, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Creative Commons’ Lawrence Lessig will head the list of speakers lined up for the first Digital Freedom Expo to be held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in April. The expo, run by the University of the Western Cape, aims [...]

Safaricom, MTN, Vodacom join forces

January 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Mobile phone giants Safaricom Kenya, MTN Uganda and Vodacom Tanzania will launch a single East African regional mobile phone network this week in an effort to compete with Celtel in the region, East African Business Week reported yesterday. The network will cover Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The new single network is aimed at enabling customers [...]

Linuxworld leaves SA

January 30th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

The LinuxWorld Conference and Expo will not be held in South Africa this year after Exhibitions for Africa, which ran the LinuxWorld Expo for the past two years, decided the licensing costs for the show were too high. The company says it is unlikely the show will be staged again in the country. Instead of [...]

Bidorbuy buys stake in SA's Jump.co.za

January 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Bidorbuy.com has bought a 22 percent stake in Jump Internet Technologies, the operator of the South African online shopping comparison site, Jump Shopping. Bidorbuy.com Inc is the parent company of the South African online auction website Bidorbuy.co.za. Albert Bredenhann, managing director of Jump Internet Technologies, was excited about the deal and the company’s future. "Although [...]

Vodacom tops 28m customers

January 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

As of December 31 2006, the Vodacom Group recorded a customer base of 28.2 million across all its networks operating in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Mozambique. This was up 4.5 million (9.5 percent) in the three months from September 30 2006. The group’s non-South African operations amounted to [...]

PDF to become open ISO standard

January 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

Adobe today announced that it would release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, with the intention of the the standard being published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). The PDF format has become a de facto global standard for secure and dependable information exchange since [...]

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