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[News] South African Distributor Starts Selling GNU/Linux Laptops

  • Subject: [News] South African Distributor Starts Selling GNU/Linux Laptops
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 00:18:55 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Sahara offer Linux option for notebooks

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| Sahara’s Linux laptops are “not essential,” said Thompson, “but they are 
| really nice. Most Linux users would be happy with a clean machine and 
| installing Linux themselves”.  



Tshwane University training Open Source Software

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| Unlike most courses for Linux which work from the command line, as
| a basic introduction this was very GUI based, with Kubuntu as the
| operating system.


Education dept eyes stronger free software policy

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| South Africa's education department may re-look at its policies
| regarding free and open source software and pursue a stronger open
| source strategy in light of the government's free software strategy
| adopted in February this year.


Nepad e-Schools kicks off in SA

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| Maripe is one of six schools in SA in which computer labs and
| audio-visual centres will be installed as part of the demo project,
| which includes 18 African countries. The initiative was launched in
| March 2003 and aims to see the digitisation of all of the estimated
| 600 000 schools in Africa by 2013.
| [...]
| The computers have been equipped with a Linux operating system,
| e-mail client, browser and office productivity suite, and
| educational software that assists in the learning process, as
| well as the administration and maintenance of the school.


A critical eye on the glamorous Open Source

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| Open source remains one of this year's hot IT topics. Last month the 
| government announced the formal adoption of its open source policy and 
| strategy in a cabinet statement declaring that the government would migrate 
| to open source software.
| [...]
| In its announcement last month, the government also stated that all
| new software developed for, or by, government will be based on open
| standard. We congratulate it for this excellent initiative.


[South African] Government switches to Open Source

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| Cape Town - Cabinet has approved a policy and strategy to implement
| Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in government, government
| communications head Themba Maseko said on Thursday.


Nonprofit bolsters IT program for low-tech nations

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| Inveneo created a new Linux-based operating system for the S50, and
| a complete open source desktop application suite, including instant
| messaging, word processing, spreadsheet and Web browser.


AMD brings Linux to East Africans

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| Inveneo CTO Jeff Wishnie said that Inveneo created its own Linux
| port in-house, incorporating open source software packages such
| as OpenOffice, Firefox, Sylpheed, and Asterisk. Inveneo Linux also
| includes rdesktop, a Microsoft RDP (remote desktop protocol)
| client, enabling the clients to host Windows-only applications,
| such as some distance learning programs, when necessary. 


Tapping a world of schoolroom innovation

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| SchoolTool began development in 2000 and is funded by Mark Shuttleworth,
| of the South African-based Shuttleworth Foundation, creator of the
| free Ubuntu operating system.


Open source project aids South African students

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| The non-profit tuXlab program, which provides network connectivity
| along with tuXlab GNU/Linux desktops and other open-source software
| to South Africa high schools, integrated 10 more schools into its
| wireless network on Feb. 9. The project reportedly has now connected
| tuXlabs in 50 schools near Cape Town. 


Back to school - tuXlab reviewed

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| tuXlabs is a freely distributed educational software package running
| on a specialised Ubuntu derivative which has been rolled out to
| schools across South Africa and serves over 160,000 learners.


One Laptop sighted in Cape Town

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| The laptop, a beta version of the final product, sports a green
| casing, a liquid-proof keyboard, a couple of dust covers for the
| ports and the Sugar operating system which is based on Fedora Core 6.


Debate widens over over deploying computers in the developing world

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| The controversy boiled over on Saturday at a meeting where Craig
| Barrett, chairman of Intel, squared off with Nicholas Negroponte,
| the former director of the MIT Media Laboratory and head of the
| nonprofit organization One Laptop Per Child, which is focusing
| on the 1.2 billion children in the developing world.


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