Archive for May, 2007

SA free bandwidth campaign launched

May 31st, 2007 | 1 Comment »

A new campaign to highlight Telkom’s local capping non-compliance has been launched at http://www.fbc.org.za. In a statement this week the campaign organisers said: “Stand up for your Internet rights with the Free Bandwidth Campaign. Demand your right to free local Internet. Act on 30 June 2007 to force Telkom to obey the laws of South [...]

Firefox 2 speaks Afrikaans

May 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

The popular Mozilla Firefox web browser has been translated into the South African Afrikaans language. Afrikaans is one of 11 official South African languages. The Afrikaans translation is the work of non-profit Translate.org.za and its volunteer community. This is the first official release of Afrikaans translations in the Firefox 2.0 series. Between 15 and 20 [...]

Opportunity for professional Linux certification

May 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

The Meraka Institute have announced the date for the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) 101 exam to be held at their premises on June 30 at 9am. As reported earlier this month, the institute planned to hold exams at Futurex. Unfortunately the amount of time between the notification and the actual exams was not enough for [...]

Palm's new Linux Foleo

May 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

Mobile device specialists Palm have stepped away from the handheld device market with the launch of the larger, Linux-based Foleo which is a lot more like a notebook than a handheld device. But will it catch on? The company has used Linux to build a what it calls a “new class of mobile device”. Linux [...]

Wikipedia for schools launched

May 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

Volunteers at the English Wikipedia and SOS Children have launched the Wikipedia Selection for Schools. The selection’s articles have been cleaned up and checked for suitability for children, avoiding adult content. It includes the best of [1]Wikipedia[/1] as well as many thousands of pages of extra material specifically selected to be of interest to children [...]

Installing Liberation fonts on Linux

May 30th, 2007 | 2 Comments »

Red Hat recently released a set of free fonts designed to be a metrically-exact replacement for the Microsoft Core TrueType fonts. Installing fonts on Linux, however, has not always been the easiest of tasks so Tectonic dug around a little to make a simple guide to installing these, and other, fonts on most flavours of [...]

No Ubuntu Dells for SA, yet

May 30th, 2007 | 3 Comments »

Want to see Dell Ubuntu PCs in South Africa? Vote in the Dell Ubuntu poll and tell Dell what you think Dell last week launched one of their desktops and two of their notebooks with Ubuntu preloaded, causing much excitement among the Linux community. Unfortunately, as it turns out, the launch has been limited to [...]

Free simplified Linux distro for PS3

May 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

Want to do more with your Playstation 3? HELIOS Software and Terra Soft Solutions have made available for free download a modified version of the Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution. Using the YDL distro, it is possible to add server functionality to the PS3. The stripped down distro provides a lightweight, low overhead server environment [...]

Paper-thin flexible video displays

May 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

The concept of flexible digital displays is not exactly new but working flexible displays are few and far between. Now it seem Sony has made something of a breakthrough with a working, razor-thin display that bends while simultaneously displaying full-colour video. AP reports that Sony over the weekend released a video of the new 2.5-inch [...]

SA team updates translation tools

May 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

South African translation specialists Translate.org.za have released new versions of the Translate toolkit and Pootle. Pootle and the translate toolkit are free tools for online localisation management and translation. In an email on Friday Translate.org.za founder Dwayne Bailey said the team was “proud to reach this milestone release on Africa Day”. “This is a major [...]

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