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[News] OpenOffice.org Embraces SVN, StartOffice Offered to South Africans

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Move to Subversion done

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| Since the milestone DEV300 m32 the OpenOffice.org source code repository has 
| moved to Subversion, so that the development of the next feature release and 
| later releases is going to take place on a more modern source control system. 
| The old CVS has served us well for the last years, but it has its weaknesses. 
| Especially branching and tagging for the huge OOo source tree is a nightmare 
| with CVS. This works much better with Subversion, so that many operations an 
| OOo developer has to do in his daily work now should run much faster.      


There is also an unofficial build for PPC.

Sun offers govt $1 software

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| The company is also working on a more conducive service, training and 
| maintenance agreement that will suit government budgets. “Our policy right 
| now is to ensure government will pay no more than they are already for those 
| services. We are hoping to come in lower though.”   
| He says the final offer will be consolidated by next week, and actual figures 
| will be available. The offer is also built on open principles, meaning 
| government will not have an all or nothing choice, but rather can mix and  
| match the software it chooses for its employees.  


They are offered Free(dom) software, not shackles.


Open source software 'the way to go'

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| Open source software is the future for South African business and government
| as it lowers barriers to entry for small businesses, allowing them to turn
| their backs on 'big American software companies'.


South Africa’s IT agency to migrate to open source in coming year

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| The South African State IT Agency (Sita), which provides IT services to
| government, will itself migrate to open source software over the coming year.
| This is according to the organisation’s 2007/2008 annual report (PDF) which
| has been tabled in Parliament.


SA govt joins Software Freedom Day

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| One of the key proponents of open source software within the South African
| government, the department of science and technology is joining in this
| year’s Software Freedom Day celebrations with a dedicated programme on OSS
| during its Insite show this week.


Free software, freely available

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| Open source software costs nothing to own, and now costs nothing to obtain
| thanks to a group of entrepreneurs determined to get around the problem of
| expensive bandwidth in South Africa.
| The Freedom Toaster originally started in 2005 as a project by the
| Shuttleworth Foundation as a software kiosk where anyone can burn -
| or "toast" in Linux jargon - open source software such as Linux and other
| information onto CDs and DVDs.
| "One challenge in developing countries is that free software is generally
| distributed online, and in those countries the bandwidth is often expensive
| or non-existent so free software does not reach those communities that most
| stand to benefit from it," said Mark Shuttleworth. "The Freedom Toaster is a
| way of making free software, and in fact many forms of free content,
| available in these places."


Unisa toasts open source success

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| It uses a customised open source operating system that allows the kiosks to
| burn multiple disks at once.


Bridging the African digital divide - with a ‘toaster’

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| The foundation was convincing schools and even government offices to switch
| to Linux, the open-source equivalent of Microsoft Windows or Mac OS.
| “We were getting a lot of people excited about it,” Hudson says. But when new
| fans asked how to get their hands on the newest version of Linux, the answer
| was always the same: Download it. “We’d see their shoulders slump,” he
| says. “We had a clear message, we were getting out there and talking to
| people, but we were clearly falling short.”
| Then he started thinking – why not make a software vending machine where,
| instead of having to download large files, a user could just burn them to a
| CD?
| It so happened that the MTN Sciencentre in Cape Town was about to have an
| exhibition on open-source computing, and Hudson convinced his bosses to let
| him try to design a prototype that would burn a small selection of
| open-source software, including Linux, to CDs.


Welcome to the Freedom Toaster Website

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| Freedom Toasters are conveniently located, self-contained,
| computer-based, 'Bring 'n Burn' facilities.
| [...]
| The Freedom Toaster project began as a means of overcoming the
| difficulty in obtaining Linux and Open Source software due to
| the restrictive telecommunications environment in South Africa,
| where the easy downloading of large pieces of software is just
| not possible for everyone.


Channel welcomes Red Hat

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| Commercial open source software (OSS) vendor Red Hat has opened a South
| African office, which will be headed by Louis Seyffert.
| Paul Holt, EMEA regional director at Red Hat, says there has been strong
| demand for open source skills and methodologies in the local market.


SITA braves open source

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| SITA has chosen Ubuntu for its desktop operating environment. Running on top
| of this will be open office, as well as several other FOSS applications,
| aimed at improving SITA's collaborative and engagement environments.


Brazil explores SA open source push - ITWeb

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| Brazilian ICT companies are keen to capitalise on the South African
| government's latest e-government push.


CSIR to switch 2300 users to Ubuntu Linux

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| Parastal CSIR, South Africa’s national science and technology research
| organisation, is readying to switch most of its more than 2300 staff to using
| Ubuntu Linux as their default desktop

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