Archive for February, 2007

Mandriva opens West Africa office

February 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Popular Linux distributor Mandriva yesterday announced plans to open an office in Nigeria in an effort to expand its market. Mandriva will establish a subsidiary company, named Mandriva West Africa, which will be headquartered in Lagos. In a statement yesterday the company said the “goal of Mandriva West Africa is to provide local distribution of […]

SA government to switch to open source

February 22nd, 2007 | 10 Comments »

The South African Cabinet today announced that it had approved a free and open source strategy and that government would migrate its current software to free and open source software. At a Cabinet media briefing government said that it had “approved a policy and strategy for the implementation of free and open source software (FOSS) […]

Watch the weather on your cell

February 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

A new technology demonstrator has been developed that allows people to access satellite information on severe storms through their cell phones. The technology demonstrator – or Personal Digital Assistance Animated Weather System (PAW) – provides near real time information on clouds, rainfall, wind and fires. The system has been developed by the Space Science and […]

OSS apps keep up to date in SA's 11 languages

February 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

In celebration of International Mother Tongue Language Day on February 21 Translate.org.za has relaunched updated versions of all their mother tongue software in all 11 of South Africa’s languages. Further good news is that the Department of Communications, CSIR and Translate.org.za have committed to updating and maintaining translations of OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird […]

Digital Doorways open communities to technology

February 21st, 2007 | No Comments »

On Monday this week the deputy minister of science and technology, Derek Hanekom, opened the Digital Doorway project at eMjindini Public Library in Barberton, Mpumalanga. Aimed at improving South Africa’s computer literacy, Digital Doorway is a joint project between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Meraka Institute. Among its aims, the project […]

Communications minister has her facts twisted

February 21st, 2007 | 2 Comments »

In this morning’s Business Day there is an article that quotes the minister of communications, Ivy Matsepe Casaburri, saying that there is a need to “‘twist the arm of the private sector to participate in unbundling the local loop now owned by Telkom” to bring down telecommunications costs in South Africa. The local loop is […]

Bounty out on spammers

February 21st, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Spammers beware! Thanks to a newly launched programme by the Internet Society of South Africa (ISOC-ZA), there is a bounty sitting on the heads of all spammers. The Spam Bounty Hunter Programme aims at providing information on spam, how to deal with it, when to report it and how to manage the criminal case and […]

Embedded Linux, wireless connects 50 schools

February 20th, 2007 | No Comments »

The tuXlab programme this week connected its 50th school laboratory to its growing wireless network in the Western Cape and already has plans to connect another 50 tuXlab schools. The wireless project, run by Inkululeko Technologies, allows schools to communicate with one another as well as allowing administrators to perform remote support. The project is […]

Jumping Bean to offer Xandros in SA

February 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux Windows-lookalike Xandros has a new distributor in South Africa. Jumping Bean, a Randburg-based Linux and Java company, has signed an exclusive distributorship deal with Xandros. Xandros Desktop Professional provides a full desktop and suite of applications designed to be easy to use in a mixed Windows and Linux environment. The OS includes Xandros security […]

Mapping the world, one street at a time

February 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

When it comes to ambitious open projects, Open Street Map ranks with the best. The goal: to map the world, offering free geographical data to whoever needs it. The resulting map, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence, relies on volunteers to either hit the streets with their GPS or help out with correctly naming […]

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