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SA education department's laptop initiative snubs open source policy

A year after it was first announced, the South African department of education yesterday kicked off its teacher laptop initiative. The initiative aims to subsidise teachers so that they can purchase a laptop from one of the department’s approved suppliers. It’s a welcome addition to the education arena except for one detail. Despite a national [...]

Software competition to encourage East African developers

The US State Department has thrown its weight behind an initiative to promote software development for the good of East African residents. The Apps 4 Africa contest was launched earlier this month and aims to encourage developers to produce software that will improve the quality of life for residents of this region. The contest is [...]

Google updates WebM licensing

June 7th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Google’s WebM project has switched licenses to bring its free video codec in line with standard open source licences.

Computer Aid Namibia to set up FOSS institute

Computer Aid Namibia has unveiled plans to establish a free and open source software institute in Omaruru. The new institute will be known as the Namibia Open Source Software Institute (NOSSI) and will promote the use of free and open source software in the country.

Microsoft releases Outlook PST tools under OSS licence

Microsoft this week added to it’s growing open source software collection by announcing open source PST data tools. The software, which was released under an Apache 2.0 license, will allow open source developers to work with Outlook’s PST file format.

Cloud computing to drive open source

July 6th, 2009 | 2 Comments » Tags: ,

With the cloud computing wave poised to reach the world market in the next 12 to 18 months, open source software and coding techniques are about to hit the big time.

Jumping Bean releases updated version of OpenBill

June 2nd, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

OpenBill 1.2, a Java-based invoicing and contract management application, has been released by South African developer Jumping Bean. The new release includes both a number of bugfixes as well as a few key feature additions.

Open source virtualisation – worth the wait

May 27th, 2009 | 11 Comments » Tags: ,

Open source may have had a late start in the realm of enterprise virtualisation, but the meticulous and attentive development of this technology has led to better products in the long run. Not only is open source virtualisation now fully enterprise-ready, but it offers greater cost-savings and more flexibility that its proprietary counterparts.

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.

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.

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