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\'Biggest returns from OSS in neglected markets\'

September 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

Open source software came into sharp focus last week during the African Computing and Telecommunications Summit held in Mauritius. During the three-day event, a host of speakers offered insight into where open source software has been successful on the continent. Dr Sibusiso Sibisi of South Africa\’s CSIR listed a host of success stories during his […]

AfriNIC sets up in Mauritius

September 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

The African Network Information Center(AfriNIC) last week formally opened its offices at the new Mauritius Cyber Tower during the African Computing and Telecommunications Summit on the Island. AfriNIC, a non-profit, neutral body tasked with managing IP addressing for the continent, has been given a one year lease by Cyber Tower Parks of Mauritius, a government-operated […]

To OSS or not to OSS

September 13th, 2004 | No Comments »

Earlier this year, the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) estimated the African ICT industry to be worth $25 billion and growing. However, FOSSFA warned Governments against \”giving away\” the industry to already rich multinationals when skills to develop own software are available in their own backyards. The State IT Agency (SITA) […]

Showcasing Linux business successes

September 7th, 2004 | No Comments », a web portal dedicated to the use of Linux in the South African business environment, was officially launched yesterday. The portal intends to showcase business-ready Linux, according to co-founder Nevo Hadas. The website is sponsored by, among others, IBM, Novell, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. The website showcases a variety of case studies and white […]

Gossip about SA open source companies

September 6th, 2004 | No Comments »

The Go Open Source campaign today launched GOSSIP, an online who\’s who of South African open source companies and companies. “Called GOSSIP – an abbreviation for Guide to Open Source Software Initiatives and People – this new section of the Go Open Source website essentially plays the role of a who\’s who directory to open […]

Java 3D and Looking Glass for open source community

September 3rd, 2004 | 1 Comment »

Sun Microsystems this week announced that its Project Looking Glass and Java 3D technologies are to be made available to developers through its portal. Dumisani Mtoba, senior systems engineer at Sun Microsystems SA, says the move is expected to drive greater interest in Sun\’s various 3D desktop technology projects. \”While Java is pervasive in […]

Is open source the future of localisation?

September 3rd, 2004 | No Comments »

The Localisation Research Centre at the University of Limerick in Ireland will this year be dedicating its annual conference to investigating the role of open source in localisation projects around the globe. The conference will run from 21 to 22 September. Conference orgnisers say that while \”no-one can predict the future it is the opinion […]

Sun\'s Linux plans for the Sun Ray

September 1st, 2004 | No Comments »

Sun Microsystems has ported its Sun Ray thin client technology to the Linux platform. The Sun Ray Server Software(SRSS) previously only ran on the company\’s own Solaris operating system. The latest preview version of SRSS 3.0 will run on most hardware platforms running Linux, eliminating the need for Sun\’s own Spark-based servers. Sun Ray thin […]

\'More to open source than just bottom line benefits\'

September 1st, 2004 | No Comments »

There is a greater need to consider the social benefits of using free and open source software(FOSS) and not just the economic economic advantages, Alan Levine, CIO of Future Perfect told delegates at last week\’s Second Open Source Software Africa conference in Johannesburg. Levine said that the use of FOSS should not only be evaluated […]

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