The South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) plans to develop an electronic health record system (EHR) for the national Department of Health. For the nationwide adoption of the project, the department considers an open source based development and calls for tenders. SITA has extended the deadline for responses to its request for information to August 12, 2005.
Windows on Linux software vendor Win4Lin this week announced plans to expand into South Africa through local distributor Workgroup.
Desktop Linux has open-source developers' attention.
The catalyst for much innovation is laziness. Ask any old person. Years of strenuous room crossing to change TV channels led to the invention of the infrared remote control. Years of strenuous lifting and pointing of these remotes led to the invention of the direction-less RF remote control. Finally, years of strenuous searching for all these remotes has led to the invention of remote control applications for Bluetooth-equipped cell phones. Short of cybernetic implants, this may be the easiest way to control applications without having to touch a keyboard or mouse.
A group of students at the IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark, has launched what it hopes may become "The Linux of Beers" - it has created an "open-source" beer by publishing its recipe and brand under a Creative Commons license. Calling itself Vores Øl Group (Vores Øl is Danish for "Our Beer"), the group says it has created Our Beer "as an experiment in applying modern open source ideas and methods on a traditional real-world product."
Sixth Debian Developers' Conference ends in Success; More than 300 people attended this year's Debian Conference, which took place from July 9th to 17th at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The conference has been supported by more than 20 sponsors and featured a lot of talks, workshops, demonstrations, coding marathons and round table discussions on various aspects of the Debian project.
MySQL AB, developer of the world's most popular open source database, has announced that it has just completed the best quarter (April-June) in the company's ten-year history. Due in large part to the success of its new "MySQL Network" commercial subscription offering, the privately-held company generated more than twice the revenue than the same period last year.
As we go to press on Friday, Lance Armstrong has finished up his last trial in the Tour de France and he enters the final leg on Saturday in first place and is well on his way to winning the event for his seventh time. Armstrong got there by working hard, by overcoming cancer, and by working hard. But he also got there through the application of information technology to the design of his racing bikes.
A long time ago (when the Earth was young), I worked as a top-40 disc jockey for a local radio station. The years have passed but my passion for radio hasn't dwindled. A few months ago, I discovered Xiph.org's icecast.org directory of music streams. Not long after that, I ran across SHOUTcast. Between these two Web sites, I had access to literally thousands of Internet radio streams, both professional and amateur, covering every imaginable musical taste. As you can well imagine, browsing through these sites can become a rather time-consuming process — not that I minded, but time is something I seem to have a lot less of these days. That's why I like Jean-Yves Lefort's streamtuner so much.
Held in London last Saturday, OpenTech 2005 was an informal, low-cost conference about open technologies and content. Attendees ranged from BSD hackers to digital rights activists, from mapping enthusiasts to staff from the BBC. The program covered the work of organisations like the BBC and Yahoo! alongside community groups as diverse as mySociety, Remix Reading, and the Space Hijackers. The range and quantity of material covered was impossibly large, so this report is merely a glimpse into a few key issues raised in discussions. But the question on everyone's minds throughout the day was: Will the future be open, and if so, what will it look like?
Visual Paradigm Smart Development Environment 3.0 for JDeveloper (SDE-JD) is a plug-in for Oracle JDeveloper supporting UML modeling.
The second in the new series of People Behind KDE brings us Thiago Macieira. Thiago is a Brazilian who spends his time reading the kde-bugs-dist mailing list. Somehow he also finds time to look after the networking code in kdelibs and his dog Kayla. He also tells us why he has two clocks and includes a Unix story in Old English.
It always amazes me the amount of misplaced passion and anger that people can generate for inanimate objects. From the Furd vs Cheby fans to the Windows vs Linux vs Mac wars.... Sadly, this is not just advocacy, but descends into senseless name calling and personal insults at the drop of a hat. You'd think that people would have better things to do with their lives, but apparently that isn't the case.
Problems don't just show up in the technology; Developers need to pay attention to where code comes from and to licensing issues
Setting up a wireless Internet Service provider (WISP) for your office or neighborhood doesn't have to be a taxing or expensive ordeal. If you build your network from easy-to-buy equipment and use Linux, you can use the power of shell scripts to make network management easy.
The rise of Linux and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is having a generally overlooked side-effect: the decentralisation of software development, the strengthening of local software industries and the lowering of barriers to entry for smaller developers and support providers.
The Electoral Enrolment Centre has moved to open source software to slash its operating costs. The centre, which compiles electoral rolls nationwide, has migrated to the GNU/Linux operating system and open source applications tailored by Wellington services firm Catalyst IT.
Smaller companies can create collaborative work environments for programmers with new version of CollabNet
The final day of the Ottawa Linux symposium was highlighted by this year's keynote address, delivered by Red Hat's lead Linux kernel developer, Dave Jones.
Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. It is "shoulder season" in the distribution land. Apart from several minor distribution releases, it was a slow week, with only the launch of the Utnubu initiative and a new beta release from Mandriva providing some excitement. Prompted by a satisfied user, we have taken a closer look at StartCom MultiMedia Edition, an interesting distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Apart from these topics, we have all the usual columns, complemented by a quick tip for using digital cameras, mobile phones and music players under Linux. Happy reading!