Archive for April, 2007

Learning Javascript and Ajax

April 24th, 2007 | No Comments »

Learning Javascript Author: Shelley Powers Publisher: O’Reilly Book supplied by Intersoft There was a time when Javascript was something you studied to add a couple of flashy features to your webpages: rollovers, pop-up boxes and the like. In most cases they were clunky, ugly and most often unsupported by browsers. Today, however, Javascript is a […]

Proprietary software an anomaly

April 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Proprietary software is an anomaly in the market. This is according to Rishab Ayer Ghosh, a free software researcher at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who was speaking at the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town on Friday. Very few vendors make their money by selling packaged proprietary software and just over 15 […]

Gnome initiative to push mobile boundaries

April 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

The Gnome Foundation last week announced the GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE) and a software platform for development across a wide range of device profiles “Gnome continues to drive the cutting edge of open source and free software innovation. With the Gnome Mobile & Embedded Initiative, Gnome expands the reach of software freedom to […]

RSS Ticker: display news headlines in your browser

April 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

This neat little FireFox extension converts your browser into an interactive and personalised news channel. Incredibly simple at only 56 KB, the RSS Ticker works with your live bookmarks so that headlines from selected feeds are scrolled either above or below the browsing window. Hovering over the headline stops them from scrolling and a short […]

Uncertainty over Microsoft schools deal

April 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

The current agreement between the Department of Education and Microsoft that allowed South African public schools free Microsoft licences is soon coming up for renewal. Whether the deal will be renewed and what the details of the deal will be, still remain uncertain. The Microsoft schools agreement was signed in 2003 between the education minister […]

One Laptop sighted in Cape Town

April 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

The much talked about One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a low-cost laptop computer for the developing world, was finally on show at the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town this week. The project is the brainchild of MIT media professor Nicholas Negroponte. The laptop, a beta version of the final product, sports a green casing, […]

Ten things you didn't know about open source

April 20th, 2007 | 4 Comments »

One of the world’s leading advocates of the open source software movement, Brian Behlendorf gave a talk at the Digital Freedom Expo at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday, entitled “Ten things you may not know about open source”. Behlendorf was a key developer of the Apache Web server, upon which more than […]

PHP and MySQL for Dummies

April 20th, 2007 | No Comments »

PHP and MySQL for Dummies, third edition Author: Janet Valade Publisher: Wiley ISBN: 0-4700-9600-4 Suggested Price: R260 Supplied by: Intersoft PHP and MySQL for Dummies offers a good introduction to these two popular open source languages. Using this book, a reader is given a sufficient grounding to build their own database driven web sites and […]

Ubuntu Feisty released

April 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux desktop and server operating system, today announced the release of Ubuntu 7.04, named Feisty Fawn. Feisty Fawn is the sixth release of the popular Linux operating system which is updated every 6 months. Ubuntu 7.04 desktop edition includes a brand new Windows migration assistant, much-improved wireless networking […]

Education dept eyes stronger free software policy

April 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

South Africa’s education department may re-look at its policies regarding free and open source software and pursue a stronger open source strategy in light of the government’s free software strategy adopted in February this year. This is according to Department of Education director-general Duncan Hindle, who was speaking at the Digital Freedom Expo at the […]

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