Archive for April, 2007

Reject Windows addiction, says advocate

April 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Outspoken Australian free software advocate Con Zymaris has labelled Microsoft’s plan to offer Windows for $3 dollars to developing nations as an attempt to “addict” users to Microsoft software. Zymaris, the CEO of Australian Linux firm Cybersource, said in a press release issued today: “On April 19th, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, unveiled a plan [...]

KnowledgeTree opens SOAP interfaces

April 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Popular open source document management application KnowledgeTree now includes SOAP Web Services interfaces, opening up opportunties for third party developers to integrate with the document management system. KnowledgeTree developers, South Africa-based Jam Warehouse, has also opened up its WebDAV interface which was previously only available as part of the commercial version of the application. SOAP, [...]

Southern African ADSL costs

April 30th, 2007 | 2 Comments »

South Africa, despite being far and away the most developed country in Southern Africa, does not outdo its neighbours on Internet connectivity. Tectonic did a little digging into ADSL costs in Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zimbabwe to see just where South Africa fits into the regional picture. Direct comparisons are fairly difficult, with differing [...]

Microsoft going open source?

April 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

News reports over the weekend suggested that Redmond software giant Microsoft was planning to release the source code for some of its software at its MIX 07 event this week. MIX 07 is Microsoft’s conference for Web designers and developers working to develop consumer websites. MIX 07 starts today in Las Vegas. In particular, according [...]

Adobe releases Flex as open source

April 26th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Adobe today announced plans to release source code for Adobe Flex as open source in June. This initiative will let developers worldwide participate in the growth framework for building cross-operating system rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Web and enabling new Apollo applications for the desktop. The open source Flex SDK and documentation will be [...]

Linux kernel 2.6.21 released

April 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

The latest update to the Linux kernel has been released, version 2.6.21. Key changes in this release are improvements to the virtualisation features and timer-related changes. An email sent by Linus Torvalds this morning stated: “If the goal for 2.6.20 was to be a stable release (and it was), the goal for 2.6.21 is to [...]

Latest Mambo release fully translatable

April 25th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Team Mambo have announced the release of version 4.6.2 of the Mambo Open Source content management system (CMS). Released under the GNU Public Licence, it can be downloaded freely from here. Although a minor release, version 4.6.2 is noteworthy in that the revision of the Mambo Language Manager has been completed. The Mambo core has [...]

Ghana pursuing open source policy – Minister

April 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

The government of Ghana is serious about free and open source software. This is according to Ghanaian communications minister Mike Oquaye who was speaking at a free and open source software media training conference in Ghana’s capital Accra yesterday. Oquaya, speaking at the Fossfa-hosted media workshop in the West African nation told delegates that government [...]

Preaching to the unconverted

April 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

The alternate licensing scheme for content, Creative Commons (CC), is gaining ground in South Africa, but still much work needs to be done. While some local artists are already reaping benefits from CC-licensed content, government documents created with tax money still insist on restrictive copyright measures. This is according to Heather Ford, executive director Creative [...]

Telkom offers new bundled ADSL

April 24th, 2007 | No Comments »

Telkom has recently launched a new all-in-one bundled ADSL option through www.do.co.za. With this bundled package customers receive a single bill for their ADSL line and their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Although punted as offering just one bill, a noteworthy exclusion in the “all-in-one” bundle is the copper line rental for voice, which is still [...]

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