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[News] Many New GNU/Linux Releases Including Brand New Distribution

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Weekly Distribution Release Roundup for Feb 15-21

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| Another week has passed and it’s time again for the weekly Distro Roundup. 
| Thanks again to DistroWatch for posting this information. 


Kongoni: A new Linux distro from Africa 

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| We’ve had Ubuntu and Impi, now there is a new African-named Linux 
| distribution. South African developers today announced the first cut of a new 
| Linux distro which they are calling Kongoni. Named after the Shona word for 
| the GNU, Kongoni has a strong BSD-Unix influence and includes a ports-like 
| package management system. The underlying code is, however, based on 
| Slackware and the makers are promising to keep the distribution free of 
| proprietary software.      



We’re more committed to ODF than ever: SA government

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| Open standards are critical in ensuring that the South African government
| both avoids vendor lock-in and promotes democracy. This is according to South
| Africa’s minister of home affairs, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
| In a prepared speech for the opening of the recent Second International ODF
| conference in Pretoria, Mapisa-Nqakula said that the department of home
| affairs was “forging ahead to make open standards a priority” to ensure
| future ability to process and share documents “using formats which have
| significant impact on the efficiency, interoperability and accessibility of
| public services”.


ODF Workshop in South Africa

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| I attended last week’s ODF Workshop in South Africa, and I really enjoyed the
| event. It was an excellent opportunity to meet people who work with ODF in
| governments around the world, exchange experiences on migration, talk about
| the new features on ODF 1.2 and talk a lot about other things that I really
| appreciate as interoperability and open standards adoption worldwide.
| Brazil was represented by Paul Maia, from Caixa Economica Federal and Carlos
| Machado of SERPRO. I had the opportunity to make a brief presentation about
| the main features of ODF 1.2 that we’re developing at the OASIS ODF TC.


Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

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| What always strikes me at such gatherings is the passion of those who have
| committed to adopting ODF. You get people who have decided for all the usual
| reasons that ODF makes sense for their use, or that of their department, or
| their agency, or their government. We’re seeing interesting and varying
| bottom up, top down, and middle out patterns of adoption in different parts
| of the world.

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