The East Rand Linux Users Group (Elug) and SA Linux have agreed to work together to jointly promote Linux and open source software in South Africa and increase collaboration between open source companies.
Despite a national open source strategy and a well-publicised set of minimum interoperability standards for government, the South African education department has launched a teacher laptop project that excludes open source software.
The OpenSuse community today kicked of its first Community Week programme. The week-long event running until May 17 includes sessions on KDE and Gnome as well as sessions on marketing, board matters and education.
South Africa’s newest GNU/Linux distribution, Kongoni, yesterday released its first alpha release for the upcoming 1.12.2 release. Kongoni – the Shona word for Gnu – is a desktop-focused distribution with significant inspiration from BSD-Unix systems. Codenamed Sophocles, Kongoni 1.12.1 is based on Slackware 12.2 with the latest upstream patches and also features KDE 4.2.2 as well as the latest stable releases of most common desktop applications such as OpenOffice.org.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has launched a new internship programme for free software activists and has opened applications for its first round of openings which close on May 25.
The KDE community this week released version 4.2.3 of the popular desktop environment as part of its regular monthly update release cycle. Major fixes included in this release include a fix for online IMAP filtering in KMail, improvements in KMail’s system tray icon which automatically updates mail status, and many bugfixes and improvements in the KHTML rendering engine. The release announcement and changelog are available on the KDE website. [More…]
OpenOffice.org 3.1 was released this week with a number of new features and improvements. Most noticeable will be the improved screen appearance which has boosted anti-aliasing support so that graphics appear sharper throughout the office suite. The new release also improves screen dragging. When dragging an object in a drawing across the screen, OpenOffice.org now shows a shadow of the object, rather than just a dotted outline, which ought to make it easier to place images accurately in complicated drawings. Other improvements include better file locking and the ability to user “over-lining” in addition to underlining.
South African open source specialist Obsidian Systems has added Untangle, a commercial-grade open source security solution, to its line up of supported products. Muggie van Staden, MD of Obsidian Systems, says that Untangle is ideally suited to small- and medium-sized businesses wanting to block spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content from entering their network while still being able to allow approved users remote access to the network.
As the Internet becomes more vast open source communities need to be not only educating potential users on the benefits of open source software but also encouraging them to become part of the community.
At 11:18am on 7 May 1997 the first ever message was posted the the newly-formed Gauteng Linux Users Group (GLUG) by Jason Van Aardt. Today, GLUG celebrates its 12th birthday. Browsing through the archives of the first couple of days of GLUG’s life turns up a number of well-known names that have played a role in the growth of open source software in South Africa including Oskar Pearson, Evan Summers, Anton de Wet, Nols de Wet, Gary Colman, Ryan Armstrong and others.
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