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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.

Open source cluster computing on demand

May 6th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Need a Linux cluster for an hour or two? Powua is a new cloud computing service that uses open source software to allow users to rent up to 64 CPUs for high-demand graphics rendering or scientific applications.

Economic downturn to boost open source

May 5th, 2009 | 6 Comments » Tags: ,

Businesses could reduce their software implementation and operating expenses by as much as 60% over three years if they opted for open source software in place of proprietary solutions, says Synaq’s Yossi Hasson.

SA IT agency and Fossfa join forces to spread OSS

May 4th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

The South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), a Pan-African not-for-profit foundation, have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of free open source software (FOSS) in South Africa.

Govt regulations threaten innovation, free software, say opponents

April 29th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

A growing number of South African academics, activists and bloggers are calling on the country’s department of science and technology to review draft intellectual property regulations governing public research, saying that the regulations as they stand are a significant threat to future innovation in the country. The regulations, ironically from the department which has long championed free software, would also make it impossible to produce free software as part of any research projects, say opponents of the changes.

Graphics on Linux: Eight great image resources and tools

April 8th, 2009 | 4 Comments » Tags: ,

When it comes to the world of graphics, Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator and DTP applications such as Quark and InDesign, stand head and shoulders above the rest and are the defacto standards for graphics professionals. But they’re not open source, even if a little Wine hacking gets them running. If you’re committed to doing your graphics the open source way then we have a few suggestions, and a couple of handy tutorials to get you up and running.

QOTW: Do you use Linux as your primary operating system?

April 8th, 2009 | 19 Comments » Tags:

Question of the week: Some of us are lucky. We get to use Linux every day as our primary – or even our only – operating system. But many users are forced – or even choose – to use a different operating system throughout their work day and then switch to Linux once they have knocked off. Tell us which of these you use the most on an average day. And why not tell us why in the comments?

IT agency outlines OSS progress made in SA government

April 2nd, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The South African government’s State IT Agency (Sita) Free and Open Source Programme has released its second public newsletter outlining the progress of open source software in government. Among the range of issues covered are details of the progress made in migration the SA Revenue Service over to open source software (we recently covered that) and steps forward in the education arena.

94% of emails are spam or viruses

March 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

More than 90% of all emails are spam or viruses. So says South African Linux specialist Synaq, which monitors more than 10 million corporate emails every day using its Pinpoint SecureMail product. Just 5% of emails entering corporate networks are in fact legitimate, the company says.

Backing-up your organisation with open source

March 26th, 2009 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

harddrive_lockWhile backup and recovery solutions are considered paramount in most organisations, they are possibly one of the most overlooked procedures in company security policies, mainly because they seem to try to achieve the opposite.

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