Archive for June, 2007

iPhone restricts, GPL3 frees – FSF

June 29th, 2007 | 19 Comments »

June 29 – Not not everyone in the continental US will be waiting in line to purchase a $500 iPhone. In fact, hundreds of thousands of digital aficionados around the globe won’t be standing in line at all, for June 29 marks the release of version 3 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL). Version [...]

Google desktop for Linux

June 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

Google yesterday released the Google Desktop for Linux in its first beta version. The application allows one to search for text inside documents, local email messages and the Web history. As a beta, this version does not yet feature the sidebar and gadgets, offered on the existing OS X and Windows versions. A Google spokesperson [...]

CSIR in project to enable rural research

June 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

The CSIR is participating in an international research consortium aimed at enabling people in rural areas to take part in research and the development of technology that could effect them. Researchers from the CSIR Built Environment and the Meraka Institute, a national research centre managed by the CSIR, are involved in the project, which is [...]

Google uses maps to help non-profits

June 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

Google yesterday launched an initiative to help charities and other non-profit groups use maps and satellite images to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and encourage donations. Associated Press reports that the Google Earth Outreach programme represents a formalisation of ad-hoc partnerships with organisations using the free software to publicise their works. Already, the US Holocaust Memorial [...]

21 day hack-a-thon produces Moonlight

June 26th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

A 21 day hack-a-thon has resulted in the initial stages of Moonlight, a Linux version of Microsoft’s  Silverlight, which aims to take on Adobe Flash. "I did not think we would be able to get this far in 21 days, I was hoping at most to have a simple XAML file loading and some animations [...]

LPI expands Africa network

June 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

The LPI Approved Training Partner program (LPI-ATP) has over 140 participating training organisations in 35 countries. New approved trainers include Optima Consulting in the Ivory Coast, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and CFT Tunis in Tunisia. Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute, said "LPI’s global business strategy of empowering [...]

SA site takes social networking mobile

June 26th, 2007 | 3 Comments »

A much overlooked irony with social networking sites is that, although they are supposedly "social", their use requires one to very unsocially spend time behind you PC. A recently launched South African website, Mobimii (pronounced mobi-me), has solved that problem by taking the concept mobile. Launched by Fontera, a Cape Town based mobile solutions development [...]

Linux helps raise funds for a million soccer balls

June 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

Although Linux geeks are not often found on the sports field, this week Linux computers will help in a fund raiser to donate a million soccer balls to improve children’s lives through sport. Canada-based Omni Technology Solutions, Novell South Africa, Userful, and Pinnacle Micro have teamed up to provide [1]Linux[/1] desktop computers for the "Let’s [...]

Apple overtakes Amazon for music sales

June 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

Apple’s digital music store iTunes is now the third-largest music retailer in the United States with 10 percent market share, overtaking Amazon.com in the first quarter, according to a survey released on Friday. Reuters reports that the NPD Group report highlights the growing strength of digital music in the US market as physical sales of [...]

Open source email is the future – Synaq

June 25th, 2007 | 3 Comments »

According to Loura DiDio, Yankee analyst and author of the 2007 Global Server Hardware and Server OS Survey, 23 percent of survey respondents intend to migrate away from Exchange Server and adopt an alternative [1]Linux[/1] or [2]Open Source[/2] email and messaging distribution platform in the next 12 to 18 months.   This is further evidence [...]

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