Archive for March, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty goes after Windows users

March 24th, 2007 | No Comments »

The Ubuntu team yesterday announced the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04. In an email release the team said: “Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support.” A highlight of this release is the inclusion of a Windows migration tool […]

Wanted: Students to code for medical records system

March 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

The developers of OpenMRS, an open source medical records system aimed at medical informatics efforts in developing countries, have been accepted as a mentor organisation for the Google Summer of Code. They are inviting student developers to peruse their projects and, if interested, apply. Student applications must be made by March 26. As well as […]

Ubuntu Feisty beta delayed

March 22nd, 2007 | 1 Comment »

The beta release of Ubuntu Feisty, the latest release of the popular Linux operating system, has been delayed for a day because of kernel issues. In an email to the Ubuntu developers list early this morning Tollef Fog Heen wrote: “The beta release [of Feisty] is delayed until Friday due to a kernel regression which […]

M&G's blog aggregator outed

March 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

The Mail and Guardian’s latest online project, a South Africa-specific blog aggregator called Amatomu has gone live. Built to provide a platform to expose local bloggers to a more mainstream audience, the project has been in secret testing mode for the past week. A handful of local online publishers were asked to take part (secretly) […]

Do-it-all CMS Drupal

March 22nd, 2007 | 1 Comment »

I’ve been on the hunt for a good open source content management system (CMS) – something that is both easy to set up and use, and yet offers good customisation. I don’t want my site to look like every other blog in the world. I’d been hearing the rave reports of Drupal for some time. […]

Free software meets the media

March 20th, 2007 | No Comments »

The Free Software & Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) is to host a five-day workshop for African free software developers and media workers. The workshop, to be held at the Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT in Accra, Ghana, will run from April 23 to 27. The workshop is co-hosted by the Economic […]

OSS used in fight for human rights

March 20th, 2007 | No Comments »

Last year we ran a story on Martus (see story), an open source software tool used by human rights workers, attorneys, journalists and others who need to secure their information from eavesdropping, theft or equipment failure. Named after the Greek word for witness, Martus is a secure information management tool that allows users to create […]

Storm turns to Synaq for open source security

March 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux and open source specialists Synaq and Storm Telecom have signed a deal which will see Storm including the Synaq’s Pinpoint Securemail security suite in its data services. Synaq originally provided Storm with the Linux server components underpinning much of the company’s uncapped DSL products. Now the partnership has been extended to include the Pinpoint […]

Cool Tool: Drop-down terminal for Linux

March 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

If you’ve been running Linux for a few years (from before all the clever point-and-click stuff was added to the Linux desktop) you probably find yourself regularly having to open a terminal window to issue a couple of commands to get things working properly. I still find it easier to find, move and rename files […]

Training for Red Hat to SUSE Server migration

March 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Novell South Africa in association with their locally-appointed training partner, SmartSource have announced the local release of the ‘Migrating from Red Hat to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10‘ training course, aimed at allowing existing Red Hat qualified engineers to expand their skills base and benefit from a deeper understanding of the two solutions’ similarities and […]

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