Archive for August, 2007

Mozilla launches Firefox for campuses

August 30th, 2007 | No Comments »

In a bid to customise their offerings further and spread their user base, Mozilla this week launched the Firefox Campus Edition. In fact it is not anything particularly new, merely a version of Firefox that comes bundled with three [1]add-ons[/1] that are considered useful for students: Foxytunes, StumbleUpon and Zotero. Foxytunes is a browser-based manager [...]

FSF says Microsoft not exempt from GPLv3

August 29th, 2007 | No Comments »

The Free Software Foundation released a statement on Tuesday saying that Microsoft is not exempt from the requirements of the latest version of the Gnu General Public Licence, version 3. Their statement follows: In its November 2006 deal with Novell, Microsoft attempted to use its patent portfolio to divide and conquer the free software community. [...]

Wiki-based guide on software information

August 29th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

ITerating, the wiki-based software guide for open source and commercial software, has announced the availability of a free Semantic Web service providing up-to-date information about more than 17 000 software products. The site aims to keep users up-to-date on information about new products, new versions and patch distributions for commercial, open source and hosted software. [...]

Govt OSS migration will need skills

August 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

Governments looking to migrate to open source software (OSS) will need to ramp up their internal skills base, according to Gartner analyst Andrea Di Maio. Di Maio, speaking at the Gartner Symposium in Cape Town on Tuesday, also said that migrating to open source software should be done in a phased manner, moving entire groups [...]

DST to celebrate Software Freedom Day

August 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

Software Freedom Day, the worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), will take place on September 15. One of the main South African events will take place at the department of science and technology in Pretoria. Coordinated globally by the non-profit company Software Freedom International, the goal of the event is to educate [...]

LPI tops 150 000 exams worldwide

August 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) have announced that their exam totals have topped the 150 000 mark and that their rollout is gaining momentum. Jim Lacey, president and chief executive of the [1]LPI[/1] commented on the organisation’s strong growth in the last two years: "In February 2005, five years after our program’s inception, we announced [...]

Give time to develop artificial brain

August 27th, 2007 | 6 Comments »

A Canadian company, Intelligence Realm, last week launched a distributed computing project on [1]Linux[/1] called "Artificial intelligence – Reverse engineering the brain". The company has invited members of the public to volounteer and donate computer time to help this project develop artificial intelligence (AI). Similar to other distributed computing projects, like Seti@Home or Folding@Home, this [...]

SA Government's OSS plans revealed

August 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

Doctor Daniel Mashao, the chief technology officer at Sita (the South African State Information Technology Agency), announced the launch of the government-wide free and open source programme at the GovTech conference on Thursday. While many welcomed the February announcement of government’s intention to adopt and promote open source software, the subsequent months saw disillusionment within [...]

Meraka takes Linux exams to Cape Town

August 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

The Meraka Institute has announced the September dates for the next set of Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exams, which will be held in Cape Town as well as Pretoria. The Pretoria [1]exam[/1] will be held on Software Freedom Day on September 15 at the Meraka Institute. The Cape Town [3]Linux[/3] exams will take place September [...]

Ubuntu founder advises SA on IT strategy

August 22nd, 2007 | No Comments »

Speaking in a keynote address at the Govtech conference in Cape Town this morning, Mark Shuttleworth discussed strategies that government should take on in developing IT locally. Key challenges that he addressed were those of skills development, the shift from software as a product to a service and the desperate need to address the high [...]

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