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Protect net neutrality, Lessig tells geeks

April 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Technologists must involve themselves in policy making or risk losing a free Internet. This was the warning provided by Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, talking last night at an Internet Society of South Africa meeting in Cape Town. Lessig, who is best known as the originator of the alternative Creative Commons licensing schema, predicted that […]

Track bugs and support queries with Eventum 2.0

April 18th, 2007 | No Comments »

The release of Eventum 2.0, the issue tracking system from MySQL, was announced last night. The system is used by the MySQL AB technical support team, who claim that it has drastically increased> improved their response times. Aside from being used for support, Eventum can also be used in software development, allowing teams to track […]

Digital Freedom Expo starts tomorrow

April 18th, 2007 | No Comments »

The first Digital Freedom Expo will open tomorrow at the University of the Western Cape with some of the biggest names in free culture heading up the bill, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig. Also on the bill will be Apache creator Brian Behlendorf and Rishab Ghosh, the managing editor […]

Mandriva Spring 2007 blooms

April 18th, 2007 | No Comments »

Linux distributor Mandriva today announced the release of Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring. The release, targeted at the desktop user market, includes the Metisse 3D desktop environment which offers an alternative way to work with desktop objects. The company describes it as an “unconventional” new window environment developed by the French In Situ project. Metisse deviates […]

SA student's project accepted by Google

April 17th, 2007 | No Comments »

A project by South African student Charl Van Niekerk has been accepted by the Google Summer of Code. The 20-year-old from George, in his third year at UNISA doing Software Engineering, will work on the Joomla content management system (CMS) to make the generated content more compliant to Web standards. One of the key goals […]

Google searches SA book publisher

April 17th, 2007 | No Comments »

South African publisher Jacana Media is the first African publishing house to be included in Google’s book search database., the company said in a press statement today. Google Book Search allows web surfers to search the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. The service was formerly known as […]

Open Source Centre's head to talk at Open Tuesday

April 17th, 2007 | No Comments »

Nhlanhla Mabaso, the head of the Open Source Centre at the Meraka Institute will be speaking tonight at the second Open Tuesday event in Joburg. Mabaso will give a short talk on government’s implementation plan for open source. The first open Tuesday was held on March 13 (see story). The monthly event aims at giving […]

Get paid for citizen journalism

April 16th, 2007 | No Comments »

South African YouTube competitor,, this week launched MyVideo Breaking News. The new section of the site is geared for news items that are relevant to South Africa. A R1000 prize is offered for news content that is compelling, relevant and exclusive. Content can be recorded either using a video camera or a cell phone. […]

One Laptop Per Child Linux software released

April 16th, 2007 | No Comments »

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project to make a low-cost PC for the developing world, has released the Linux software that will run on the machines when being deployed. The software, a Fedora-based Linux operating system, streamlined to just 291MB, is designed to offer learners a simplified interface to perform tasks. The OLPC project […]

Low-cost Linux computer to debut in Uganda

April 16th, 2007 | No Comments »

The Ugandan government, together with American company Inveneo, are to debut a low energy consumption computer to aid rural Uganda. Uganda’s minister of state for ICT, Alintuma Nsambu, told HANA that the government had been working with Inveneo to develop the computer, the first of its kind on the African continent. “It is half the […]

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