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PanAfrica: Donor Support in Eastern Cape e-Learning Programme Encouraged

Meanwhile, the Shuttleworth Foundation and Engen have also been working in conjunction with the Province's Department of Education to launch Tux computer labs in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage areas.

"So far 35 of these Tux labs have been launched, and we are looking at launching another 50 by the end of the year," said Mr. Jones.

[It's great to see GNU/Linux systems being setup like this. Ironically, Microsoft has to 'donate' their software, since it isn't FOSS. - dcparris]

Just Whose Idea Is It Anyway?

In the new "Age of Copyright," dynasties are founded on cartoon characters, lawyers play extreme sports, and we all break the law. It's never been easier to stake a creative claim — or jump one.
Not everyone seems to have noticed, but it's clear we recently zipped past the "information economy" and straight into the "copyright economy."

[The site requires registration, but the article just might important enough to our readers. We leave it up to you. - dcparris]

Bea blends open-source and proprietary in long-term move

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Stephen Bell, Wellington (Posted by dcparris on Jul 23, 2006 9:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU
A “blended approach”, combining open-source and proprietary software, is the economical and safe route to go to get application development done “securely” and on time, says Bill Roth, vice-president of BEA’s Workshop development environment business unit.

[Roth's anti-GPL comments are pretty galling. Mixing 'OSS' with non-free? Ugh! It was for freedom that Stallman set us free. - dcparris]

MATC boot camp keeps IT instructors up to date

  • Wisconsin Technology Network; By Chris Fleissner (Posted by grouch on Jul 23, 2006 8:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The remarkable rate of development in the information technology industry occasionally outpaces the skills of even the top experts in the field. Staying astride the flow of technological advances makes adaptability an imperative for veteran IT professionals and students alike.
The train-the-trainer institute distributes free open-source Web-based software, allowing teachers to download programs for classroom instruction with minimal hardware requirements.

What can Linux learn from Microsoft?

  •; By Matt Mondok (Posted by henke54 on Jul 23, 2006 7:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Vaughn-Nichols really hits the nail on the head with this excerpt: Why do you think Linux sites, like this one, Linux Today, and many others have Microsoft ads running on them? Because, Microsoft buys the ad space, and the Linux companies almost never do. It's that simple. For a long time, Linux distributors have lived off the Linux news sites, yes, like this one, which report on every small Linux move. Guess what guys. That's great for building a niche. Congratulations, it worked. It also worked for the Amiga and OS/2, It sucks at growing a mass-market. It's also beginning not to work. Oh, more people every month are reading our family of Linux publications. I'm sure that's true of the other Linux news sites. I remember, however, when the new generation of online news sites, like Slashdot, also carried all the big Linux news and a lot of the small stuff. Now, many big Linux stories don't even make Slashdot or Digg.

[O.k., I can agree we need to ipmrove our marketing efforts. Some of these are the kinds of things we've been debating about as a community for years. The OEM argument sends chills down my spine in light of the discussions about OEMs here on LXer. - dcparris]

Investment the answer to open-source fears: BEA VP

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Stephen Bell (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 23, 2006 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There is still a lot of hesitancy among commercial users over taking on open source software, says Bill Roth. The way to overcome it is for industry to invest in the open-source communities. This is the surest way of boosting the percentage of “trusted” open source applications.

Eyes-free, ubiquitous information access

A blind developer at Google has built a search engine to prioritise results that are accessible to visually impaired web users. The Google Labs project, launched last week, has been welcomed by RNIB and its US counterpart, AFB. Put a query into Google Accessible Search and a standard Google search begins. But before the results are presented, they are re-ordered to prioritise those pages identified as the most likely to be accessible to visually impaired users.

IBM ships Lotus Notes for Linux

IBM has announced the availability of IBM Lotus Notes on Linux, the industry's first business-grade collaboration software to support Linux on the desktop.

Review: X Hits the Spot

To make its distribution appealing to Windows users, Xandros pares things down to sensible basics, unlike other Linux operating systems which bewilder new users with too many programs all doing the same thing.

It's time to move beyond the Java..

I have prepared an account of the history of .Net and Java that’s intended to balance more fanciful post-mortem accounts. It reads thus:

OLS Day 4: Kroah-Hartman's Keynote Address

  • NewsForge; By David 'cdlu' Graham (Posted by dcparris on Jul 23, 2006 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The fourth and final day of the 2006 Ottawa Linux Symposium saw the annual tradition of the closing keynote address, this year by Greg Kroah-Hartman, introduced by last year's keynote speaker, Dave Jones, and the announcement of the next year's speaker.

ARTiSAN Ships ARTiSAN Studio 6.1 as OMG Announces the Adoption of SysML

ARTiSAN Studio 6.1 Includes Support for New SysML Standard

Debian update for gnupg2

Debian has issued an update for gnupg2. This fixes a vulnerability, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

AIDE Integrity Checking

  • - Feature Stories; By Chris Parker (Posted by dcparris on Jul 23, 2006 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
AIDE, Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment, is a file integrity checker, a type of intrusion det...

Suspected Weekend Hacker Attack on Ubuntu

Unfortunately three significant pieces of information seem to add up and point to a hacker attack on Ubuntu this weekend.

JEE - no funeral planned

Not surprisingly, Sun’s response to the recent report from analyst Richard Monson Haefel of The Burton Group, which suggested that Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) was effectively under a death sentence born of its over-complexity, have erred towards the dismissive.

Technalign Ships Frontier Version Of Linux

Technalign has started shipments of TaFusion MEPIS Linux Frontier. Frontier is the next generation of TaFusion MEPIS Linux that is Ubuntu based. Version XI is still available from Partners and Technalign directly. The company also announced that they would start development of the 64-bit version of the operating system to be followed by their Enterprise Server offering.

Red Hat Preps Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, which is expected to move into beta testing within weeks, offers an improved desktop with enhanced graphics, Open Office 2.0, support for the Oasis file format, a new Access-like database application, improved wireless support and improved compatibility with Microsoft Office, according to a Red Hat document on the new desktop released at the company's recent summit.

Lic opts for Linux

India's biggest life insurer, the LIC, recently decided to shift its IT requirements on to Linux. Rishiraj Verma spoke to all those who were behind this landmark decision

Open-source Mesh Software Group Receives Large Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grant funding to support a research and development partnership between the Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This initiative, "Toward building a Performance-Predictable Wireless Mesh Network", focuses on the development of wireless routing protocols, network testing systems, and gateway discovery in open-source technology. The grant, part of the Network Technology and Systems Program of the NSF, provides support over a three-year period.

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