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Digital Doorways open communities to technology

Digital Doorways, a joint project between the Department of Science and Technology and the Meraka Institute, will provide rural communities with access to the various open source projects in a bid to improve South Africa's computer literacy.

ESR gives up on Fedora

The following letter is shown verbatim, as received from ESR, who has sent it to a number of Linux-related publications and mailing lists.

Bounty out on spammers

Spammers beware! A new programme launched by the Internet Society of South Africa has placed bounties on the heads of spammers. Bounty hunters could receive as much as R30 000 for a spammer's conviction.

FOSDEM conference: three days to go

The last interviews have been published for the FOSDEM conference, which starts in just three days. The list of interviewees is impressive this time around, with Simon Phipps from Sun Microsystems, Jeremy Allison from Samba, Keith Packard from X.org, Miguel De Icaza (Mono/Novell), Paul Everitt (Plone and Zope), and Pete Herzog (Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual).

How To Search For Missing Packages With apt-file On Debian and Ubuntu

This short article describes how you can search for missing packages with apt-file on Debian and Ubuntu systems. apt-file allows you to search for a file name, and it gives back the name(s) of the package(s) containing that file so that you can install the appropriate package.

Open Source Mono Gets Visual Basic

Mono has long tried to provide an open source alternative implementation of Microsoft's .Net framework. It has succeeded in some respects, and in others it has been lacking, especially when it come to Visual Basic. That is no longer the case. As of Mono version 1.2.3, the Novell led project now includes new Visual Basic capabilities allowing development and deployment of Visual Basic for Mono on Linux platforms. The 1.2.3 release is the third point release in the 1.2.x series which was first released in November of 2006.

9 Tips to diagnose remote GNU/Linux server network connectivity issues

Many new admin or Linux users get frustrated when their remote Linux box is not accessible dues to network connectivity. In this article I will try to provide tools and information about how to diagnose network configurations. You can try these tips/tools to diagnose an issue of Linux network connectivity to remote or local servers.

High-integrity software is key topic at 2007 Military Technologies ...

High-integrity software is key topic at 2007 Military Technologies Conference

Cuba and Venezuela - Unlikely Good Examples of Open Source Preference

A recent headline in my local paper, the San Jose Mercury News, attracted my attention: “Cuba moving to ditch Microsoft, its products” (see link). While many would tend to chalk this up to anti-US security paranoia, in my opinion this would be the wrong conclusion.

Nxp, Purple Labs take Linux to 3G handsets

  • Eetasia.com (subscription) (Posted by dcparris on Feb 21, 2007 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In collaboration with French design company Purple Labs, NXP has launched the Nexperia cellular system solution 7210 with Linux open-source OS for 3G handsets. With this new solution, manufacturers will be able to achieve time-to-market advantages with a high-level OS without the additional cost and complexity of integrating a dedicated application processor. Operators will also be able to provide a stable and powerful yet cost-effective platform for new connected services.

[Source says subscription, but I was able to see the article without one. - dcparris]

Embedded Linux, wireless connects 50 schools

Using a combination of wireless and embedded Linux the tuXlabs school laboratory project is halfway to completing a 100 school wireless network in the Western Cape.

Cuba and Open Source: A Touchy Subject

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 21, 2007 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Unless you have been living under a rock in the media sense, surely by now you have heard the news of Cuba embracing open source and all that it has to offer. Unfortunately, much of the mainstream press is likely to once again point to open source and claim that it is anti-free enterprise, which could be a problem.

Dell users ask for Linux, OpenOffice support

Dell has launched a new website where users can submit and vote on ideas for new products and product enhancements.

Ten Leading Open Source Innovators

It’s a contentious time for the open-source community. Microsoft has partnered with Novell, Oracle is angling for Red Hat’s customer base, while Linux is promising to enlarge its influence in the burgeoning market for mobile phones and set-top boxes.

Praying That Eudora Has an Afterlife

In a bit of nostalgia, I recently read the short story Why I Live at the P.O., by southern writer Eudora Welty. The humorous and quirky story led to the naming of one of my favorite pieces of software, an esteemed E-mail program, by its original developer back in the late 1980s. And the nostalgia was for the passing of Eudora, the software.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 expands NVIDIA Beryl support

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 is now available for downloading and testing, the project announced today. The new release allows users to optionally select between two NVIDIA drivers, the latest v1.0.9746 or a legacy version (v1.0.9631), to maximize Beryl support for both newer and older chips, the project said.

"Technological Protection Measures" the focus of Auckland (NZ) workshop

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Juha Saarinen (Posted by d0nk3y on Feb 21, 2007 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fears of “onerous” new copyright legislation emerge The possibility New Zealand could introduce harmful or unenforceable copyright laws emerged as the key concern at InternetNZ’s Auckland Copyright Workshop.

Carnegie Mellon Folds Open Source Into New Degree Offering

Carnegie Mellon West's Software Management program is built on the university's existing software engineering curriculum, the school explained, but adds a business and organizational component that "breaks with tradition by giving students the broader perspective needed to collaborate with and lead the global, distributed teams that are defining next-generation software organizations."

Dell gives desktop Linux its "full attention"

In an attempt to boost its sagging fortunes, Dell, one of the leading PC makers in America, recently launched the Dell Idea Storm website to solicit ideas on how to get Dell back to the top. The most popular idea so far? Desktops with pre-installed Linux.

Jump into JUnit 4

This tutorial guides you step-by-step through the fundamental concepts of JUnit 4, with emphasis on the new Java 5 annotations.

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