[News] Finland Has Free Software Conference, Kenya Gives Free Software Awards

[News] Finland Has Free Software Conference, Kenya Gives Free Software Awards

Post by Roy Schest » Thu, 21 May 2009 07:27:45

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The 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS 2009)

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| Over the past decade, the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) phenomenon
| has had a global impact on the way organisations and individuals create,
| distribute, acquire and use software and software-based services. F/OSS has
| challenged the conventional wisdom of the software engineering and software
| business communities, has become a useful instrument for educators and
| researchers as well as an important


Kenya hosts first Open Source Awards

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| The Linux Professional Association of Kenya and ICT Consumers Association of
| Kenya will be hosting Kenya's first Open Source Awards. The ceremony will be
| held at the Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, on 27 May 2009.



Open source software cheaper option for government bodies

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| Linux Professional Association on Kenya, a group of local software
| developers, has embarked on a sensitisation programme among government bodies
| with the aim of wooing them to use Free Open Source Software (FOSS).
| Among government bodies targeted are the Public Procurement Oversight
| Authority (PPOA) and the Kenya ICT board. PPOA is mandated to enforce and
| oversee the implementation of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act. An Act
| which the organisation says is being flouted, thus locking them out of public
| tenders.
| Linux says the use of open source software will not only save the Government
| lots of money, but also create employment for small and medium entrepreneurs
| engaged in software development locally.


Linux and Us Kenyans - Part II

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| Also in stock are the following;
| 1) Linux Mandriva 2007 DVD (for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms)
| 2) PCLinux OS (tiny me) for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms), superlight weight
| (only 190MB) which can be loaded into RAM and the OS runs from there. Basic
| resources, Opera browser, audio player, photo viewer, excellent graphics,
| best distro for a quick hat is Linuxdemonstration, one can install all
| the stuff they want and then remaster the system i.e create an installable CD
| with the installed applications already therein.
| 3) Zenlive 5 (32-bit and 64-bit platforms), another lightweight Linux CD but
| with much more than PCLinux OS (tinyme). It includes browsers, DVD/CD
| burners, an Office suite, pdf reader, media players, basic hardware support
| etc.
| 4) Ubuntu 8.10(64-bit platform)
| 5) Mandriva 2008.1 CD (for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms)
| 6) Mandriva 2009.0 CD (for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms)
| 7) Zencafe Linux, the perfect solution for cybercafes. This is an operating
| system specifically tailored to provide and manage services(for the client
| and server machine respectively),efficient accounting system, maximum
| security, efficient deployment of services, and excellent network
| adminstration at the servers end.


Kenya: Copyright Board Takes Piracy War to Cyber Cafes

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| Cyber caf operators within Nairobi are torn between legalising their
| Microsof