SA goes for software freedom

first_img22 August 2005South Africa is committed to using open-source software in government departments, with officials and software specialists meeting this week to thrash out a formal plan for its adoption.Open source software (OSS) is computer code developed by a global community of volunteers and freely available for use, modification and distribution – unlike more widely known “closed source” proprietary software.The Open Source Task Force Conference, being held in Johannesburg on Monday and Tuesday, aims to develop a framework for OSS adoption. Task team conveners Go Open Source say the plans devised at the conference will be presented to President Thabo Mbeki later this year during his international advisory commission.According to Mark Shuttleworth, South African internet billionaire, afronaut and OSS champion, open source will allow South Africa to develop its own technology skills – instead of relying on expensive imports.“Companies and countries that embrace open source can improve their efficiency and competitiveness,” Shuttleworth told Business Day. “It drives skills creation, which is a fundamental challenge facing every country.”In developed countries, the private sector drives the use of OSS to replace more expensive and less flexible branded software, Shuttleworth said. But in less developed countries the government must lead by using open source to educate young people and deliver services more efficiently.Government use of OSSMany government departments already use open source to some degree for data processing and information management, according to Business Day.This includes the new anticorruption information management system for the Department of Public Services and Administration. In a rural healthcare project, clinics book appointments with specialists at regional hospitals using cellphone messaging.The South African government is the country’s biggest spender on information technology, reports Business Day. It spend millions every year on software for almost 400 000 PCs.The State Information Technology Agency’s policy is to use open source wherever it proves more cost-effective or more adaptable than proprietary packages. It introduced the policy in 2003 after receiving a R485-million bill from Microsoft for three-year licences for 100 000 operating systems, desktop suites and internet technologies.Officials attending the Go Open Source conference will be urged to draw up plans to turn talk into action.“I hope we will emerge with an action plan for each government department,” Shuttleworth told Business Day.The conference will also be attended by firms able to offer technical support. Hewlett-Packard project director for emerging markets Clive Smith says only free-to-adapt OSS will allow the creation of lower cost, local language and customised systems.Software Freedom DayMeanwhile, the worldwide Software Freedom Day is to be celebrated on 10 September 2005, with the Go Open Source campaign coordinating a number of events across South Africa.There will be “installfests”, where members of the public can bring their computers and get help installing and using Linux and open source software. Each event is to be hosted by local Linux User Groups, with Go Open Source providing additional support.“We have around 200 registered teams this year from all over the world,” says Henrik Nilsen Omma, president of the non-profit Software Freedom International, official organisers of the event.The biggest change from last year, says Omma, is the sponsorship of Canonical, who are shipping about 15 000 CDs to teams worldwide. The custom-made CD will include a Live Linux image and Windows open source software.“In 2004 the pioneering teams put in a great effort in burning all their own CDs, which was great, but this year we look forward to a more uniform and professional CD to give to the public.”“We are pleased to have a wide distribution of teams,” Omma says. “The interest from the African continent has also been impressive this year.”African countries taking part include Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.EventsIn Johannesburg, LinuxChix Africa will celebrate Software Freedom Day at Wits University with presentations by guest speakers, an installfest and OSS handouts. There will also be quizzes and games, a poetry session, a dance performance, and even a play performed by students titled “Imagine a Future Without Linux”.In Pretoria, the Innovation Hub will offer guest speakers, an installfest and free CD handouts.In Potchefstroom, the Open Cafe will offer free internet access, Linux installs, OSS and a bring-and-braai. The cafe will also screen RevolutionOS, the award-winning documentary about the open source movement, and launch a new Creative Commons multimedia room.In Durban, Free Culture South Africa is hosting a public lecture and FOSS exhibition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The lecture will be given by OpenOffice.org South Africa founder Craig Adams and the exhibition will include posters, flyers and software handouts.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

PHP Power Button: VMware vCloud SDK

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Developers have access to a growing number of options for spinning up virtual machines. With each new software release from virtualization titans such as VMware there are also developer community efforts such as VI Java API with a wide base of contributors. Just as the contributors expand so do the options for developers familiar with other languages.Let’s take a look at how VMware is expanding options with a recent beta that targets the PHP developer community.Here Comes BetaThe VMware vCloud SDK for PHP Beta is an example of expansion in available language support for the PHP developer community. The appending of beta speaks to the path and desire for inclusion longer term. Indeed, sometimes the popularity within a developer community that includes paying customers can have an impact on a company roadmap. Perhaps this post regarding PHP and VMware reflects how continued pursuit of more options can benefit the PHP developer community.Hit the Power Button PHPleaseHere’s a simple example for powering on a virtual machine in just a few lines of code from one of the documents on the VMware developer community portal:Resources and RecoursesMore resources are available within the VMware community portal (free registration required). Once you are logged in you can review documents such as the vCloud SDK for PHP introduction and the programming guide will get you started quickly. For now, those appear to be the only formal resources RWH was able to find for this post.A quick search on “PHP” within the VMware community portal returns hundreds of discussions, documents, and blog posts. However, you’ll need to be mindful of the quality of those search hits. While “hundreds” of hits might seem like a lot or a little depending on your point of view, it’s important to understand that many of the resources mentioned are going to be comments that make reference to websites with a URL ending in .php or that contain references to index.php where RewriteRule was not enabled. Unfortunately, not all developer community portals have the sophistication of Google (yet) when it comes to searching on blobs of text and mixed file types for a generic term like “PHP”.In short, now is your chance to create meaningful and relevant paths within the community portal!Of course, there are other resources outside of the corporate portals to help you understand a specific product better. For example, if you are curious about what the object model for vCloud API would look like in a picture, head over to Steve Jin’s blog for the UML diagram. If you are currently working with VMware or within a VMware shop, do you expect to make use of the vCloud SDK using PHP? Are you a PHP developer that is active in the VMware community portal and if so does this latest beta excite you? What resources have you come across in your own searches?Let us know in the comments below! Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#hack#Tools jay cuthrell Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

AIFF must play bigger role for Indian football’s progress, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain and Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) co-owner Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has to play a bigger role in taking the game forward in the country.Though the Indian Super League (ISL) took the country by storm in its first season, the national team (ranked 141) went down 1-2 against Guam, ranked 33 places below them in the rankings, in their 2018 World Cup qualifying round group match last month.”Success of any sport nationally, internationally depends on infrastructure of the entire system, ISL is for two months and it is slowly improving the infrastructure but I believe that the AIFF has to play a bigger role if football in India has to go forward,” Ganguly told reporters here after unveiling ATK’s jersey for the second season.The former left-hand batsman, who incidentally also has his birthday on Wednesday, was greeted with the “Happy Birthday” song upon his arrival.”ISL needs AIFF’s support, it cannot be the other way round. Like in cricket the BCCI supports the IPL and BCCI is the body which runs cricket in India and sees the domestic structure too,” he said.Ganguly also believes the standard of football in the country has not improved at all in the last few years.”I think the AIFF has to play an important role, the time here is very difficult, ISL has just happened but the overall standard has not improved for the last few years but we have to try and build infrastructure,” he said.advertisementGanguly added the league provides a great platform for the players.”ISL only started last year and it is a great platform for the Indian players and us to be a part of it,” he said.The 43-year-old also welcomed the transformation from artificial turf to natural grass at the Salt Lake stadium stating it will be an advantage for ATK, who will play their home matches there. ATK will conduct their pre-season training at the newly-laid ground in August, he said.”It will be an advantage, we had a lot of injuries last year so I believe it will be easier to play on it this time,” he said.last_img read more

ICICI Bank shares jump nearly 5 post Q1 results

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of ICICI Bank on Monday jumped nearly 5 per cent after the company reported a standalone net profit of Rs 1,908 crore for the first quarter ended June 30. The scrip gained 4.62 per cent to Rs 434.70 on the BSE. At the NSE, shares went up by 4.71 per cent to Rs 435.35. The bank had posted a net loss of Rs 120 crore in the same quarter a year ago. Total income on standalone basis in the reported quarter rose to Rs 21,405.50 crore from Rs 18,574.17 crore a year earlier, the bank had said in a regulatory filing on Saturday. The lender witnessed an improvement in asset quality as gross non-performing assets (NPAs) fell to 6.49 per cent of the gross advances by the end of June 2019, from 8.81 per cent a year ago. Net NPAs were 1.77 per cent, down from 4.19 per cent a year ago.last_img read more