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Free software developers do it to learn new skills

February 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

Most free and open source developers participate in FOSS projects to learn and develop new skills, Rishab Ghosh of Maastricht University, told the Idlelo2 conference in Kenya this morning. Ghosh, FLOSS programme leader at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute Innovation and Technology, said that in a recent survey of 3000 free software developers it was […]

SA tax man eyes desktop Linux

February 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a tender (RFT 37/2005) for a proof of concept Linux desktop solution for the tax-collecting government department on 17 February. While SARS admits that the challenge of moving to Linux on the desktop is great, a successful proof of concept could see 14 000 desktops running Microsoft Windows […]

Innovation Hub hosts OSS showcase

February 22nd, 2006 | 2 Comments »

A LPI mass certification drive will head the bill at an open source showcase event to be held at the Innovation Hub near Pretoria on 1 April. The mass certification held at the Innovation Hub last year “more than doubled” the LPI certified people in the country, says Kin Le Roux, who is main organiser […]

Create your own Voice-over-IP PBX using Asterisk

February 21st, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Asterisk is already hard at work in South Africa. Its being used as a PABX, for call-recording, for both small and large call-centres, for voice conferencing, and in CTI (Computer Telephony Integration). Its providing inter-office “free” calling, and very inexpensive international calling. In every case, Asterisk-based solutions are a fraction of the cost of the […]

Open university courseware trend comes to SA

February 21st, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has made a policy decision to make its course material freely available over the Internet. This is believed to be a first for an African university. Material that will be made available includes courses, syllabuses, lecture notes and exam papers. UWC’s “free content and free open courseware strategy” […]

Free software movement heads for Nairobi

February 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

Free software developers and advocates from across the African continent will be heading for Nairobi in Kenya this week as they gather for the second Fossfa African Conference on the Digitial Commons. The Idlelo2 conference will run from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 February. Key issues that will be hammered out during the conference include […]

Ubuntu Dapper adds graphical installer goodness

February 20th, 2006 | 8 Comments »

The next version of Ubuntu, Dapper Drake, is making its slow way to a finished product, with the fourth version of its Flight CD available yesterday. “Flight CD 4 is ready,” announced Colin Watson on the Ubuntu Announce list yesterday. “This is the fourth in a series of milestone CD images that will be released […]

Linux-based framework for mobiles

February 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Access-owned PalmSource used the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last week to announce its Access Linux Platform (ALP), the latest evolution of Palm OS for Linux. The Access Linux Platform is designed to be an integrated, open and flexible Linux-based platform tailored for smart phones and mobile devices. Access’ hopes that its ALP will become […]

Durban LPI event to go ahead

February 17th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Durban LPI examinations are still on track for 3 March, despite earlier worries that not enough people would register for the event. Event organiser, Colette Malherbe, said exam registrations have picked up in the last couple of weeks and she expects a group of around 30 to 40 examinees. In late January, Malherbe described […]

Open source tender wait continues

February 17th, 2006 | No Comments »

South Africa’s State Information Technology Agency (Sita) has taken a decision on the winners of South Africa’s biggest open source tender, but it may take weeks before the award, and its conditions, is officially announced. On Tuesday, Sita’s Supplier Selection Authority (SSA) — the highest decision-making body in the tender process — met to scrutinise […]

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