Archive for January, 2007

Passive entertainment with Democracy TV

January 26th, 2007 | No Comments » Tags:

When it comes to bandwidth eaters, there’s one kid on the block that will have you biting off more than you can chew – especially in South Africa. It’s fun. Its addictive. It’s open source. It’s Democracy TV. At its heart, Democracy TV is a video player and web browser rolled into one. You can […]

Evil Edgy – the dark side of Ubuntu

January 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

“Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath because he knows the time is short… Let him who hath understanding reckon the distro of the beast, for it is a Linux distro, its distro is Ubuntu Satanic Edition.” So reads the intro to the latest mutation of Ubuntu, […]

CSIR adopts ODF, moves to open source

January 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

The South Africa-based CSIR has adopted the open document format (ODF) as its default document format as part of the organisation’s move to free and open source software. The scientific and industrial research parastatal adopted ODF late in 2006 and says the move is an “enabler of the adoption of open source software”. In a […]

Telkom responding?

January 23rd, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Yesterday Telkom installed my ADSL line. On any other day this would have been unremarkable. Except that in this case it came just two days after the campaign I helped run, the Telecoms Action group (TAG), published an advert in the national Mail & Guardian newspaper complaining about the appalling service offered by the telecoms […]

Linux groups unify under the Linux Foundation

January 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux will now show a unified face when taking on Microsoft and other proprietary vendors. This follows an announcement by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The purpose of the merger is to aggressively accelerate the growth […]

Open source saves EU organisations 12bn euros

January 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

A new study on free and open source software and its contribution to the European Union economy has found that in “almost all” cases, a transition toward open source would offer organisations savings on the long term costs of ownership of the software products. The report, funded by the European Commission concludes that free software […]

Multi-nationals ignore SA patent law

January 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

“Does Microsoft intend to continue to break the law by filing software patents in South Africa?” This was the question Derek Keats of the University of the Western Cape asked Microsoft national technical officer, Potlaki Maine, in an open debate held at Freedom to Innovate South Africa’s workshop on software and business method patents last […]

Talking about ICTs and development

January 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

The Open Source Centre at the Meraka Institute will be hosting a two-day colloquium from February 6-8 on the importance of ICTs to development and transformation. Issues to be discussed at the meeting include open content and open access in academia, open content and development, free and open source and accessibility, research policy and access, […]

Consumers demand telecoms reform

January 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Angry consumers published a full page advert in the Mail&Guardian on Friday calling for reform in the telecommunications sector in South Africa. The advert campaign was led by the Telecommunications Action Group (TAG). The advert leads with the words: “The more of this you read, the more infuriated you’ll become” in large red type. It […]

Flash 9 for Linux

January 17th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux users will now be able to view previously unviewable Flash-based websites now that Adobe have released a Linux version of Flash Player 9. This follows six months after the Windows and Mac versions were released. This Linux version has met with praise from Red Hat and Novell, both of which will be bundling the […]

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