The Meraka Institute's Open Source Centre (OSC) will host Soweto's first ever open source workshop tomorrow and has announced plans to develop satellite centres in the area with local open source experts able to assist users.The move comes as Meraka attempts to bridge the digital divide it sees developing in the open source arena. "There seems to be a disturbing trend emerging which reveals that our message seems to be getting through to everyone else but women and underprivileged communities," says Dr Ntsika Msimang of the OSC. "The irony here is that open source seems to be engineering its own digital divide and the idea of creating satellite centres is to reverse that trend by targeting the communities that we deem are the ultimate beneficiaries of bridging the digital divide."
People like Firefox because it just works. We designed Firefox to be invisible; we want you using the web, not the software. We've spent years refining it and streamlining it down to the pixel so that it works intuitively right out of the box. We have a formidable competitor in Microsoft, but the emergence of the network has changed the rules. If you create a great product, it will spread through word-of-mouth and people will use it. If people aren't talking about your product, your product isn't worth talking about.
Most set-top digital personal video recorders (PVRs) cost anywhere from several hundred to more than a thousand dollars. The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder is a much lower-priced PVR, but the reduced cost carries its own price: it can't do nearly as much as its more expensive hard drive- and DVD-based competitors, such as TiVo, ReplayTV, and UltimateTV.
A different sort of evidence of free software's forward march came today at LinuxWorld. Two sales people from two different companies approached me within a 24-hour period to say they want to talk to me about making part or all of their product open source
The basic open-source licence covering software such as the Linux OS will be revamped and ready by 2007, according to an industry official involved with the project. The planned changes to the GNU General Public License (GPL) include resolving patent conflicts, accommodating Web services, and resolving incompatibilities with other licences. Dealing with wikis in the GPL also has been pondered.
It's late, it's lame and installing it won't be cheap, so now is the perfect time for Linux desktop vendors to make a charge at Microsoft.
There's been a lot of Firefox vs. IE talk in the industry. Some people say that Firefox is better than IE, more secure than IE, and so on. While Firefox users sing their tunes on how much better it is over IE, most IE users don't understand what the fuss is all about. For starters, both browsers have security problems. No browser is 100% secure.
SAN FRANCISCO - 10 Aug 2005 - The second day of LinuxWorld passed without any fistfights breaking out between vendors, although there are rumors of rancor between Sun and IBM over a modification of OpenOffice.org that IBM is passing out on CDs. There are more hardware vendors than last year, with bigger and splashier displays. And in honor of the late, great San Francisco newspaper columnist Herb Caen, I will end this paragaph and some other ones with three dots...
These guys have been talking to each other. Over the last two weeks, there has been a rash of announcements from a number of leading vendors pledging support for new open virtualisation standards. The plans pointedly do not involve Microsoft and could be seen as encircling the Redmond giant in the booming virtualisation market, which most observers see as becoming of growing importance over the next few years. Both Intel and AMD will build virtualisation hooks into their upcoming products, for example.
Many secondary schools students in the French region of Auvergne will receive CDs containing free and open source software when they return to school in September. The project, which has been funded by the local government, will see 64,000 packs of CDs distributed to school pupils, according to Linux Arverne, a Linux user group involved in the initiative.
Nomad Press is a small, "fiercely independent" book publishing company based in Colorado. It's run by Deborah Robson, a writer, editor, knitter, and now, a Linux user.
Two Linux allies are taking a leaf out of their opponents' book as they try to prevent software patents from dragging open source into a mire of patent-infringement lawsuits. Red Hat will finance outside programmers' efforts to obtain patents that may be used freely by open source developers, the top Linux seller said on Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.
Would it bother you if the only browser you could use to preregister a copyright claim with the United States Copyright Office is Internet Explorer, version 5.1 and higher? Well, you might be getting bothered real soon, because that is what the Library of Congress has in mind.
Distrowatch reports - Currently, SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 1 (code name: Prague) is an unsupported, open source only, preliminary edition of SUSE Linux that contains bleeding-edge packages and represents the latest development snapshot. If you intend to test for bugs or contribute patches, this version is for you... OSDir has some
This week's tech conference in San Francisco still went by the name LinuxWorld. But the Linux operating system was only a part of what went on there. Attendees pitched databases, software to manage customer data, security add-on programs and scores of other products — some of it compatible with Linux's rival, Microsoft Windows. Rather than zero in on Linux, the conference has broadened its focus to include all open-source software — code that's developed and shared freely. Though Linux is still the poster child of open-source programming, it's far from alone.
Central Scotland Police, which pioneered the use of open source, including Linux desktops, has begun implementing a major Microsoft-based IT overhaul. The force is to replace much of its open source infrastructure, which was introduced from 2000, with Microsoft technology, including Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Microsoft Office
There has been a great deal of buzz lately about KDE4 and especially Plasma. Many other people are asking where they can see what new features are being developed at the moment, and other signs of progress. These people have been a little disappointed to hear that while a lot of hard work has been happening on KDE4 development, almost no progress has been made that's clear to the casual observer. So what really is happening? To understand that, we need to take a look at Q
IBM has told Linux developers the desktop is the next frontier, but they must avoid employing the same tactics used against Unix on servers to conquer it. Steve Mills, IBM's senior vice president and group executive, told Linux developers they need a new value proposition on the desktop. One option is the "managed desktop", something that - unsurprisingly - looks a lot like IBM's Workplace.
Matt Hagedorn, an IT consultant with Matrix Computer Solutions, of Sausalito, Calif., came mainly to look at Linux systems and applications that would be well-suited for small business environments. Hagedorn said he was particularly impressed with Scalix Corp.'s Linux e-mail server. "I liked how everything just runs on the central server and you don't have to worry about Outlook clients or whatever you have running," Hagedorn said.
Xandros Business Edition provides a desktop environment that looks and feels much like a better-looking Windows 2000. Unlike Windows, Xandros is easy to install and maintain, and it doesn't come with all of the security flaws and virus vulnerabilities that Windows has. As an added bonus, Xandros Business Edition includes the full edition of CrossOver Office 4.2 (other editions of Xandros include only a 30-day trial). That means that if there is a major Windows software package that you can't live without, chances are you will be able to install and run it on Xandros through CrossOver. In short, Xandros is now ready to eliminate Windows from corporate desktop computers.