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Archive for April, 2006

Share your Linux with Xtenda

April 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

SA Linux company Yellow Penguin has partnered with NComputing and Linspire to bring NComputing’s multi-user Xtenda to South Africa. NComputing’s Xtenda X300 expansion kit allows up to six additional computer users to share one “host” PC for a maximum of seven total users (when using two kits per host PC). Each kit includes one PCI […]

C# 2005 for Dummies mostly hits the mark

April 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

C# 2005 for Dummies Authors: Stephen Randy Davis and Chuck Sphar Publisher: Wiley Price: R164.76 ( Supplied by: ISBN: 0764597043 You might be a bit surprised to see a book on a Microsoft programming language reviewed in Tectonic. C# (pronounced see-sharp) is the most common language used for Microsoft’s .Net application architecture, but since […]

Java inventor James Gosling in SA

April 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

James Gosling, the father of Java, is on his way to South Africa. Gosling will take part in the Sun Tech Days from 3 to 4 May at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Sun Tech Days is Sun Microsystems’ global developer conference. Gosling’s presence is the centrepiece of the conference that will include practical […]

Soweto's dreadlocked hacker pushes free software

April 26th, 2006 | 4 Comments »

Kgabo Sepuru says he’s passionate about freedom, and it shows. He’s been a software developer for nearly 15 years and is one of the driving forces behind free and open source software in South Africa’s most famous apartheid-township, Soweto. The township just south of Johannesburg is famous for producing great revolutionaries, and Sepuru — referred […]


April 25th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

Linspire has announced that it is to release a free version of its Linux distribution in August. Called Freespire, it blends Linspire’s historically consumer desktop that is famous for working “out of the box” with a more open source, community-based approach. Linspire will be releasing two versions of Freespire, one described as “99% open source” […]

Making wireless work in Africa

April 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

“There is no such thing as the digital divide in Africa,” Bushnet technical director Malcolm Brew told delegates at the African WiMax/CDMA Forum yesterday. “All the technology, like GPRS, is already here. Where there is a divide is in the content that is available to users.” Bushnet provides wireless connections to users in Uganda, and […]

Reuters offers financial services on SuSE Linux

April 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Global information provider Reuters has announced that its Reuters Market Data System (RMDS), which provides financial institutions with real time market data, will now run on Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise server. The move is the result of a joint effort by Reuters and Novell to extend the RMDS to the Linux platform. Reuters has also […]

Open source Lego? Cool!

April 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Big news for Lego Mindstorms fans: the next generation of Mindstorms, NXT, will be open sourced. This is according to online Danish journalist Jon Lund, quoting Lego’s Soren Lund at the CustomerMade conference last week. According to J Lund, Lego is currently choosing which open souce licence to use, and is expected to make an […]

First look: Ubuntu Dapper Drake Beta

April 21st, 2006 | 5 Comments »

It was with both excitement and trepidation that I downloaded Ubuntu Dapper Drake’s beta release last night and started testing it this morning. Usually I try and get in there with the flight CDs, but as I become more conservative in my old age — and downtime is less and less of an option — […]

Ubuntu v5: Edgy Eft

April 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the name of the next version of Ubuntu, Edgy Eft, which is expected to be full of leading-edge features. To help the process along, Shuttleworth has also been hard at work on Blueprint, a feature development tracker that is part of Ubuntu’s Launchpad web site. An eft is a type of […]

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