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The open source task team, a collection of government, private and technology experts with an interest in promoting open source, wrapped up its conference in Sandton, Johannesburg, yesterday with a finalised open source action plan which it hopes will be presented to South Africa's government. The document's goal is to affect policy and legislation regarding open source software in the public sector. Spearheaded by Mark Shuttleworth and the Go Open Source campaign, the action plan contains recommendations for both implementing open source software as well as licensing government software and information under open source licences. Skills development and education are also covered.
Are you a businessperson or non-techie who wants to learn more about Linux and computers, but don't know where to start? One excellent place to start is a Linux user group (LUG).
When Mark Shuttleworth asked for help in putting together a list of Government Projects for the Go Open Source Task Team conference to be held on August 22 & 23 for South Africa, he faciliated an unique database of best practices and brought to light needs of developing countries.
Free Internet telephony firm Skype will allow its instant messaging to be built into Web sites and software applications such as music playing programs and multiplayer online games, it said on Wednesday. The announcement by the Luxemburg-based firm, which has 51 million registered users of its free software to make telephone calls over broadband Internet connections, came a few hours after Google announced it would become a competitor of Skype.
A partnership of companies from Japan, China and South Korea will unveil a new Linux-based operating system for local markets later this week in Beijing to challenge Microsoft Corp.'s dominance, a news report said Wednesday. The new software, called Asianux 2.0, will be introduced Thursday and was developed by Japan-based Miracle Linux Corp., China's Red Flag Software Co. and Haansoft Inc. of South Korea, the Nihon Keizai newspaper said.
This might seem strange as Vole has spent a fortune on an aggressive ‘Get The Facts campaign’ claiming that Windows is much better than Linux. Now, either Microsoft is supremely confident that any research will prove that Windows is much better than Linux, or it has another cunning plan which we are not aware of.
You can use a Pocket PC with Linux, but the integration of a device such as Hewlett-Packard's iPaq with Linux software such as Evolution requires add-on software. If you wish to use a Windows CE device with Linux you will need to install SynCE, a set of open source tools.
With a growing enterprise focus on identity management and related capabilities such as SSO (single sign-on) and automated provisioning, directory services are fast becoming a vital component of network infrastructures
Mplayer has always been an impressive media player, but with its Edit Decision List feature, you can create custom edits of movies that leave out the stuff you don't want--whether that's profanity, violence, sex, or Jar Jar.
Research house BMI-t predicts steady but capped growth for open source, particularly on the desktop, due to Microsoft's market domination.
An anti-software patent campaigner yesterday called on the open source community to recognise why trade marks are a good thing, after Linux-founder Linus Torvalds faced criticism for supporting licence fees for use of the “Linux” mark.
New computer learners can now complete their International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) using a free, Linux-based curriculum.
A proposal to create an open source Web service mediation framework has been submitted to the Apache Software Foundation "incubator" under the Web Services project. The "Synapse" framework is intended to intermediate between Web services to provide transformation and routing, promote loose coupling between services, and support greater reliability and resiliency.
If bringing total democracy to electronic voting can only happen via software source code that can be viewed by all, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is happy to oblige with its next-generation voting application. The idea of publicly available source code for any software involved in government elections has been argued by free-software pundits for years, but as Ken Hunter, CIO of the AEC told Computerworld Australia, the move away from incumbent legacy systems has made it possible.
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The open source CMS Mambo is likely to split into two separate projects after its core development team resigned en masse last week to form a new development community.
OpenOffice.org receives most of the attention among free and open source (FOSS) office suites, but users shouldn't forget that free software includes at least two other word processors: AbiWord, part of a projected GNOME Office, and KWord, part of the KOffice suite. From their inception, both have been playing catch-up with OpenOffice.org's Writer. But now, after several years of development, AbiWord and KWord are both reaching early maturity. How do Writer, AbiWord, and KWord compare?
This article will show you how to configure and use the new net command in SAMBA 3.0. The command provides group mapping functionality that maps UNIX groups with Windows group SIDs, allowing you to improve IBM Rational ClearCase MultiSite functionality by identifying correct user privileges.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
What do Microsoft's offer to do a joint, independent research project to analyze the benefits of Linux versus Windows, Miro fighting with Mambo's developers over Mambo management and Sun's Common Development and Distribution License all have in common? They're all about control.
Originally selling Linux for Macs using IBM's PowerPC chips, Terra Soft has regrouped to resell PowerPC-based servers from Mercury Computer Systems.
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