Archive for March, 2007

Neotel consumer services by mid-year

March 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

South Africa’s second network operator Neotel says that it could be rolling out voice and data services by the middle of the year, following the allocation of the 800Mhz spectrum to Neotel by Icasa. “In spite of the spectrum only being allocated to Neotel now, we have already made significant progress in our plans to [...]

Harness the world's PCs to fight disease

March 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

A workshop entitled “Volunteer Computing for Africa” will be organized at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Muizenberg near Cape Town, from July 16 to 22. Participants will be shown and gain hands-on experience of the open source software technologies behind distributed computing and cyber-volunteerism on the internet. The purpose is to allow [...]

Good looks, security mark OpenOffice 2.2 release

March 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

The OpenOffice.org community today announced version 2.2 of the popular open source office suite, a release it hopes will make further inroads into the Microsoft Office user base. While the previous version, OOo2.1, worked well on Microsoft’s new Vista operating system, this version is the first release to begin making use of some of the [...]

OutKafe: the Zybacafe outcast forks

March 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

March saw the first release of OutKafe, a full-featured cybercafe management suite under the Gnu Public Licence (GPL). OutKafe was forked from the parts of the ZybaCafe project (see story on its alpha release) which fell under the GPL, with the intention of replacing all the proprietary modules with free alternatives to create a completely [...]

GPLv3 responds to Microsoft-Novell deal

March 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

This afternoon the third draft of the GNU General Public Licence version 3 (GPLv3) was released. This improved draft of the GPLv3 aims to better protect the open source community. Accompanying this delayed draft is a 60-page rationale for the draft (PDF) featuring a large section responding to the Microsoft-Novell deal in November, which was [...]

GPL 3 draft to be released today

March 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

The third draft of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) is to be released by the Free Software Foundation today, following major delays. This late release has pushed the final release of GPL 3 until mid year, at the very earliest. The second draft was released in July last year. One of the [...]

Beryl and Compiz merger likely

March 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

Recent talk over a possible merging of Compiz and Beryl seems to be reaching fruition. Although details have yet to be worked out and do deals have been sealed, the new project already has been given the suggested title of Coral. A posting by Quinn Storm on the Beryl-dev forum, entitled Merge On (details still [...]

Mandriva Spring to offer 3D desktop alternative

March 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

Reacting to recent 3D Linux desktop developments, the team at Mandriva Linux are looking to include an alternative 3D interface in the forthcoming Mandriva Spring 2007 release. Mandriva is touting the inclusion of the Metisse window manager as a new approach to managing the desktop. Unlike the “cube” approach favoured by most 3D desktop environments, [...]

Local software innovation lacking

March 26th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Local companies are showing an increased level of frustration with the local software industry, citing a severe lack of innovation and relevant support as their main gripes, according to a new survey commissioned by the Cape IT Initiative (CITI). The survey, conducted by Knowledge Crucible, sampled a cross section of software engineers, end-users, academics and [...]

Seeking transparent mobile number porting stats

March 26th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Frustrated by the lack of transparency on mobile number portability among South Africa’s network providers, Shaun Dewberry launched iported.co.za, an online survey to independently gather statistics on how many people have ported between different providers. The home page of the website reads: “We’re tired of being bullied by telecoms companies. We’re tired of the fabricated [...]

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