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Archive for July, 2006

Proudly African

July 31st, 2006 | 4 Comments »

Watching a South African TV channel’s news a few nights ago, I was amazed that all the footage from the Congo regarding the troubled cease-fire before its all-important coming election was shot on a cell phone. While the Israeli conflict made headlines, the Congo news was far down the bill, and sending a camera crew […]

African VoIP Forum attracts leaders to Lagos

July 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The third African VoIP Forum to be held in Nigeria during August has attracted a number of international and regional organisations that will take part in the three-day event. These include representatives from the International Telecommunications Union(ITU), senior Nigerian regulators and government representatives and regional industry organisations. Paolo Rosa, head of standards co-operation and communications […]

Zim youth to push OSS message at festival

July 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Open source software has come of age. This will be the gospel according to the Zimbabwe Open Source Society (ZOSS) during this year’s Southern African Youth Festival (SAYF). ZOSS is a non-profit organisation that is part of the Zimbabwe Youth Council, which is hosting the festival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in August. When the society […]

Second GPL3 draft clarifies DRM issues

July 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) yesterday released the second discussion draft of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) version 3 (GPLv3). This new draft marks the middle of a year-long public review process designed to evaluate proposed changes and to finalise a new version of the GPL. The […]

Editors of Mac website switch to Ubuntu

July 27th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The editors of, a popular Macintosh website and longtime Mac enthusiasts, have switched to Ubuntu. The two have made their criticisms of the Mac community publicly available, much to the ire of many ResExcellence readers. “I’ve been making my living as Mac-specific developer for several years now… I was a true Mac die-hard,” writes […]

IBM to support SLES 10, Xen

July 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

IBM has extended its portfolio of middleware and systems platforms to support Novell’s new Suse Linux Enterprise 10 offerings. Particularly exciting from IBM’s perspective is the Xen virtualisation. “IBM will support Xen technology as part of the Virtualisation Engine portfolio on its Intel and Opteron processor-based server and blade systems,” says Bevan Lock, IBM South […]

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 in December

July 26th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Debian project has confirmed December 2006 as the date for the next release of its distribution. The new release, alias ‘etch’, will be named Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. This release will also be the first official release to include support for the AMD64 architecture raising the number of architectures supported to 11 in total. At […]

Open source movie magic

July 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

A first-time film maker has taken the concept of open source and applied it to his debut, Boy Who Never Slept. Solomon Rothman originally released the “sexy dramatic comedy” online, and after a good response, took the concept further by releasing the script and raw footage on his site under a Creative Commons licence. “I […]

Mixed response to LPI exam drive

July 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

The Geek Freedom League (GFL) is well into its winter Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam drive, and the word from the frontlines is one of mixed success. “Cape Town was amazing,” says league manager, Eric Andrews. “28 people turned out, of which four people wrote the Ubuntu exam.” But Johannesburg was less successful, with only […]

Nigeria to buy 1m Negroponte laptops

July 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative for the developing world is gaining ground in Africa, with Nigeria announcing the acquisition of one million laptops, reports InfoWorld. But the Microsoft/Intel EduWise consortium is also making headway in the same market. The OLPC is the product of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab co-founder Nicholas […]

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