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[News] Free Software Grows in African, Other Free Software News

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Grows in African, Other Free Software News
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 14:36:40 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open-source services show signs of growth in Africa

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| Changing procurement rules and 
| regulations, increased uptake of open-
| source-based certification and growth in 
| the software and hardware markets has led 
| to the rise of businesses that were 
| previously ignored.
| [...]
| Most open-source software service 
| companies were considered too small to get 
| big contracts and did not have the capital 
| to invest in technical support compared to 
| established proprietary software 
| companies.


CloudCourse: An Enterprise Application in the Cloud

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| At Google we have experts on everything 
| from Python to penguins. However, 
| connecting our expert teachers to eager 
| students around the globe can be a 
| complicated business. To that end, we are 
| excited to release our new internal 
| learning platform, CloudCourse under an 
| open source license. Built entirely on App 
| Engine, CloudCourse allows anyone to 
| create and track learning activities. 
| CloudCourse also offers calendaring, 
| waitlist management and approval features.


EditShare Announces First Ever Lightworks Open Source platform

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| Though its not Blender related news it is 
| open source news for editing which I felt 
| warranted mention here.  Iâll let you in 
| the community  figure out if its worth it 
| or not. From what Iâve read it on their 
| site, it looks impressive.  Have any of 
| you ever used it?


SabreDAV PHP framework becomes calendar server

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| Most calendar clients are able to use the 
| CalDAV protocol which allows remote 
| swapping of appointments â however, there 
| is a shortage of open source CalDAV 
| servers. Version 1.2 of open source PHP 
| framework SabreDAV now includes the 
| requisite functionality.


BitTorrent open sources ÂTP protocol

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| BiTtorrent has open sourced an update to 
| its popular peer-to-peer  file-sharing 
| protocol.


Digital Parallels Embraces Zenoss for Managed Services

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| Zenoss, maker of open source monitoring 
| software, has added another managed 
| services adopter: Digital Parallels, a 
| master MSP in the United Kingdom. Although 
| most MSPmentor 100 companies seem to be 
| using traditional closed-source software, 
| there are niches where open source 
| alternatives are gaining momentum. Hereâs 
| a closer look at Zenoss and open source in 
| the MSP ecosystem


Zombies, Open Source, and Bad Analogies

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| I guess Vernon has not spent a lot of time 
| watching zombie movies. Generally, at 
| best, humans find a bit of respite from 
| the zombies but they're still there. 
| Usually waiting for George Romero to work 
| on a sequel. But the point is, zombies 
| generally win. While I'm not crazy about 
| the zombie analogy, the same is true of 
| open source. It's not really possible to 
| kill off an open source project or the 
| movement permanently. The licenses ensure 
| that the code will always be there for 
| someone else to pick it up. The community 
| may suffer setbacks, but over time it will 
| adapt to solve not only technical problems 
| but also solve the business, legal, and 
| social issues. Maybe more slowly than some 
| of us would like, but like the undead, we 
| have time. Maybe that zombie analogy isn't 
| quite as bad as I thought.


FOSS Community Member Launches Documentation Project for Blind Linux User

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| During a recent interview at technology 
| blog The Stop, OSS community member Tony 
| Baechler raised the issue of how difficult 
| it is for visually-impaired Linux users to 
| access documentation. He says that he 
| would like to point other vision-impaired 
| friends to Linux and open source software 
| but custom audio tutorials designed 
| specifically for the blind are almost non-
| existent.


"It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's piracy
than when there's not."

                   --Bill Gates


Rampant piracy affects open source in Africa

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| When people can access cheap pirated
| software, they do not invest in
| customization of open-source software, and
| this "affects the growth of open-source-
| based businesses and services," said Evans
| Ikua, chairman of the Linux Professional
| Association in Kenya.


Reactions to the problem of software pirates

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| For example, you would pay anywhere in the
| region of Dh300 to Dh500 for Microsoft
| Office while there are perfectly good open
| source systems available for free on the
| internet.

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