Archive for June, 2007

NGO technology donation and discount portal

June 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

At a media briefing last week, SANGONeT‘s ICT services manager, Mathew de Gale, gave a presentation on SANGOTeCH, the online portal for ICT donations and discounts available to non-government organisations (NGOs). Since the portal’s inception in December last year, 60 South African NGOs have been supplied with software and hardware with a retail value of [...]

Novell ramps up real-time operating system

June 25th, 2007 | No Comments »

[1]Novell[/1] is to release new updates for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time operating system next month. [2]SUSE[/2] Linux Enterprise Real Time (SLERT) is a high performance operating system for running mission-critical applications. SLERT is designed for certain industries, such as market traders, that require real-time functionality. Real-time software performs operations within a guaranteed time [...]

Compare retail prices on the move

June 22nd, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Jump Shopping, South Africa’s online shopping search engine has launched a mobile offering of its popular search engine. While shopping out in a local store, customers can now answer the question: "How much would I save if I bought this on the Internet?" This service can be accessed by using any web-enabled mobile phone and [...]

Shuttleworth denies rumours of Microsoft deal

June 20th, 2007 | No Comments »

Mark Shuttleworth wrote a blog posting last week in which he denied the truth of the rumour that Ubuntu is in discussions with Microsoft aimed at an agreement along the lines they have concluded recently with Linspire, Xandros, Novell and others. "We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified [...]

Ubuntu Gutsy plans revealed

June 20th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

The Ubuntu team yesterday released details of plans for its next release, Ubuntu Gutsy. New features include a mobile edition, the latest version Gnome and KDE 4.0 and improved hardware support. In an email announcement yesterday, Scott Remnant, [1]Ubuntu[/1] development manager, revealed the following planned improvements. Desktop Ubuntu 7.10 will ship with the latest edition [...]

Venezuela launches open source PCs

June 20th, 2007 | 4 Comments »

Following up on their support for [1]open source[/1] software and technological independence, the Venezuelan [2]government[/2] launched the "Bolivarian Computer" earlier this month. Built locally, the computers come in four different models all of which run on [3]Linux[/3]. "The price of other similar brands is $930, where the price of our computer is almost 40% less," [...]

Linux Foundation going green

June 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

In an announcement on the highlights of the Linux Foundation‘s first collaboration summit, the foundation mentioned a “Green Linux” initiative that it is now organising. The project will focus on improving power management in Linux. “Making Linux “green” is becoming ever more important in all aspects of Linux adoption: mobile, desktop and server. The Linux [...]

Mobile gaming revenue set for a boom – analysts

June 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Analysts Gartner are predicting a 50 percent increase in worldwide revenue for 2007 in the mobile gaming sector. Global gaming revenue in 2006 was US$2.9 billion and the company expects this to incease to US$9.6 billion by 2011. Revenue is expected to reach US$4.3 billion in 2007, a 49.9 percent increase from 2006.   "Given [...]

Barloworld builds on open source, Drupal

June 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Automotive engineers Barloworld CVT Technologies have set up on online presence using open source software and the Drupal content management system. Obsidian Switch recently completed the work on a new website for Barloworld CVT Technologies. A subsidiary of Barloworld, CVT Technologies has developed a revolutionary new gearbox for the automotive industry and required a website [...]

Zim ISPs oppose email monitoring bill

June 18th, 2007 | No Comments »

Zimbabwean internet service providers (ISPs) have come out in opposition of a new bill that requires them to monitor all emails and other Web communications. The new Interception of Communications Bill will allow government to monitor all forms of communication, including post, phonecalls, instant messages and emails. The Zimbabwean government has likened the law to [...]

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