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Is OpenOffice at a crossroads?

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a flagship product for free and open source software but could be doing so much better than it is. What’s wrong? Michael Meeks a long-time OOo and Gnome developer and Novell employee argues that among the chief problems are a lack of leadership, a half-hearted open source strategy and copyright assignments that [...]

FOSS lab software targeting AIDS, malaria, cancer

June 9th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

With an eye on providing public health laboratories with the tools to assist in preventing and treating diseases such as HIV, TB, malaria and cervical cancer, the Bika Health Foundation has launched a fund-raising drive.

Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS get new mags

June 1st, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

The two teams behind the Ubuntu Full Circle and PCLinuxOS magazine have released new editions of the popular community magazines.

Kenya to host first open source software awards

May 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

tuxThe Linux Professional Association of Kenya and ICT Consumers Association of Kenya will be hosting Kenya’s first-ever open source awards at the end of this month.

Glug hosts free talk on OSS migration strategies

May 18th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

The Gauteng Linux User Group (GLUG) will this week host Sun Microsystem’s open source migration specialist Michael Bohn who will be talking about the risks, benefits and opportunities in migrating to open source software.

Elug and SA Linux join forces

May 15th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

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.

SA department of education shuts out FOSS

May 12th, 2009 | 27 Comments » Tags: , ,

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.

FSF launches internship for free software activists

May 8th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

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.

Happy birthday: GLUG turns 12

May 7th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

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.

How to be a free software business trainer

May 5th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa and the Germany-based InWent project have launched a programme to develop trainers in East and Southern Africa capable of teaching others to build free software-based businesses.

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