Depuis quelques jours je regarde les épisodes (13 en tout) de la série de télé Go_Open, produite en Afrique du Sud grâce à Canonical et HP, entre autres. Cette série destinée au grand-public a été diffusée fin 2004 et présente des « success stories », des entrevues avec les entrepreneurs et pioniers locaux (en Afrique) et mondiaux des logiciels libres, ainsi que les derniers produits et nouvelles du milieu.
Je trouve que c’est un très bon travail de vulgarisation, malgré quelques inexactitudes techniques et de vocabulaire qui feraitent grincer les dents des purs et durs… genre l’éditeur de Linux Journal qui proclame « si je bloquais l’information que nous publions… alors que récemment ils ont limité l’accès à leur contenu en ligne aux abonnés (j’en suis).
Voici le résumé de chacune des émissions, je l’ai extrait des archives des émissions qu’on peut télécharger par BitTorrent. Si vous savez comment convertir du mp4 en .AVI pour produire des VCD ou si vous êtes interressés par des sous-titres en français, contactez-moi 🙂
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ___ ___ \ \ _______ ____________\ \ \ \ __ /_/ __ \ __ \ \_ http://www.legaltorrents.com \___\______\_____ \___/__\___\ \__________\ ___ ___ ___ \ \________ ___ _______________\ \_ \ \___ \ _\ __ \/ _\/ _\ __ /\ _ \ _\_\___ \ \___\______\__\ \__\ \______\__\__\___\_______\ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | [RELEASE?] 'Go Open' Vol. 1 - Episodes 1 to 6 - 2004, 30 minutes per episode 'Go Open' is a South African-created TV series that aired in late 2004, and is dedicated to open-source software. Created for a mainstream audience, the show features a hyperkinetic presenter and interviews and showcases from both the South African and world open-source/free software scene. As the official Go Open website explains: "The program will showcase success stories, interviews with the top local and international pioneers, and the latest products and news from the open source world." The creators of 'Go Open' (http://www.go-opensource.org/go_open/) have very kindly permitted the show to be shared freely with a Creative Commons license. This archive contains the first 6 episodes (from a total of 13) in a relatively compact MPEG-4 format. The series was sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation, the Meraka Institute, HP, and Canonical. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | [SPECIFIC INFO?] The series' official website (http://www.go-opensource.org/go_open/) has the following official episode descriptions: -- [EPISODE 1] Lead Story: Hollywood The Linux Movies Group is an organization for the advancement and mutual support of motion picture technologists using the Linux operating system. Its the most popular operating system for animation and visual effects in the motion picture industry. Big Gun: Richard Stallman Richard Stallman is a notable programmer whose major accomplishments include GNU Emacs, the GNU C Compiler, and the GNU Debugger. GNU ? In 1985, he published the GNU Manifesto, which outlined his motivation for creating a free operating system called GNU, which would be compatible with Unix. The name GNU is a recursive acronym for GNU's Not Unix. Soon after, he incorporated the non-profit Free Software Foundation (FSF) to employ free software programmers and provide a legal framework for the free software community. In 1989 Stallman invented and popularized the concept of copyleft. By then, much of the GNU system had been completed, with the notable exception of a kernel. This final gap was filled by Linux in 1991, written independently of the GNU project using the GNU development tools and system libraries. The arrival of Linux, and the availability of a completely free operating system created some confusion, however, and most people now use the name Linux to refer to the whole operating system. Stallman has attempted to change this by asking people to call the operating system "GNU/Linux". Doing it:Firefox Mozilla Firefox. Its an Internet browser, so you use it to surf the net just like Internet Explorer, or Safari if you use the Macintosh operating system. But this one has loads of innovative features, its secure, its very fast, lightweight - and its available on Windows, Linux and the Mac operating system. Open Source Means Business: FOSS in retailers Pick and Pay is a successful case of a large South African company rolling out open source software. They are using it for quite large portion of their business, till points and office. Staff have a choice in the offices as to whether they use open source or Microsoft, as long as there is productivity, the choice is essentially theirs. What is hot: QuakeOS In 1997, the computer gaming company id Software released a ground-breaking first-person shooter game called QUAKE II. It went on to sell over a million copies and was voted Game of the Year. In December 2001, id Software generously made the QUAKE II 3-D engine available to the public under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL). -- [EPISODE 2] Lead Story: Blogging Weblogging or blogging is a relatively new phenomenon, and an interesting decentralized social commentary and information propagation network. It has earned itself both accolades and criticism. Blogging grew out of online journals and diaries, of people simply documenting their day, or covering interesting things they had read on the web. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging) offers the following definition: A weblog, or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic, reverse chronologically-ordered posts on a common web page. Such a web site would typically be accessible to any Internet user. Part of the reason blog was coined and commonly accepted into use is the fact that in saying blog, confusion with server log is avoided. Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs and corporations, and from one occasional author to having large communities of writers. The totality of weblogs or blog-related webs is usually called the blogosphere. Big Gun: Don Marti Don Marti, a graduate of Indiana University, is Editor-in-Chief of Linux Journal. He is responsible for directing the editorial content of the magazine and its web site, LinuxJournal.com. He is best known for his outstanding support of the Linux community as a whole, and his community activism. Don helped organize Windows Refund Day and Burn All GIFs Day. He co-founded Electric Lichen, LLC, and joined VA Software (formerly VA Research) when it acquired his firm in 1999. Doing it:Workrave WorkRave will make you take a break from the rigours of the mouse and the monitor. If the Comments on this neat application are anything to go by, its well ahead of its competitors. Open Source Means Business: Brett Strydom, Systems Engineer Brett Strydom is a young man who exemplifies the determination to overcome serious obstacles. Born a sighted child, at the age of 6 he contracted an extremely rare degenerative eye disease. He was afflicted with blindness when the retinas of both his eyes became detached. At the start of his High School career, Brett developed what can only be described as a passion for computers, and nagged his family until everybody chipped in and bought him an IBM286. The fact that it wasnt adapted to accommodate his special requirements didnt deter him: he made a plan, as they say, and began a course of Computer Studies. Eventually, he acquired a Braille keyboard, and went on to study full-time at Wits, where he got a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Maths. What is hot: Drive By Internet Image We all know that to connect to the Internet, you need a telephone line and a modem, a satellite uplink, or some other means of tapping into 'the Net'. Unfortunately, in South Africa, the necessary telecommunications infrastructure is not always there to tap into. About a third of South Africans don't have a phone line, and roughly 88% of schools in the Northern Province lack an Internet connection. Telkom has promised to make access available to rural schools, but even where such access exists, the associated fees can be prohibitively expensive. Geek of the Week:Alastair Otter ALASTAIR OTTER TECTONIC. He has been a journalist for a number of years, more specifically in running on-line news sites. Alastair has a passion for open source and is regarded as a local hero. His most recent project is an on-line news site dedicated to free and open source software (FOSS). Alastair shares his views on open source in South Africa and the role the media has played. -- [EPISODE 3] Lead Story: Mark Shuttleworth Mark was born and raised in South Africa, and studied finance and information technology at the University of Cape Town. He went on to found Thawte, a company specialising in digital certificates and internet privacy, developed using Open Source software. He sold Thawte to the American company VeriSign in 1999, and founded HBD Venture Capital and The Shuttleworth Foundation. In April 2002 Mark became the first African in space, as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station. Mark maintains that 'If we are to lift Africa from her current circumstances, we will need a generation of learners that are gifted with curiosity about the world in which they live, and the tools to understand and shape that world'. With this in mind he and his Foundation have invested in projects such as TuxLabs, HIP2B2, The School Tool Project (to develop a common global school administration infrastructure that is freely available under an Open Source licence)and The Ubuntu Project, a community project with participation from many volunteers, sponsored by Canonical Ltd. Open Source Means Business: Gail Reid / TuXlabs Some 80 previously-disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape are now benefiting from the Shuttleworth Foundations TuXlab programme. The labs have been developed using old computers and Open Source software, which provides users with freedom not obtainable from proprietary software. The Foundation initiated the TuXlabs with the idea of providing an easy, cost-effective, and replicable model for giving educators and learners access to information technology and educational content. Big Gun: Dirk-Willem van Gulik Dirk-Willem van Gulik is a Partner at the Tribal Knowledge Group, with 15 years of Internet engineering, consulting and project management experience. His work on Apache has revolved around large enterprise systems such as portals, entitlement systems and Web interfaces to legacy systems. He has worked with a broad range of international standards bodies, such as the IETF on metadata, protocols, URIs GIS and other Internet standards. Prior to TTKG, Dirk held both VP of Engineering and VP of Research positions with Covalent Technologies, and prior to Covalent he worked on projects at the European Commission, the United Nations, telecommunications firms, satellite and space agencies. He has been on the board of directors of the Apache Software Foundation since its inception. In his free time he works on a co-operative Wireless network in his home town, Leiden. The network currently covers virtually the entire inner city. What is hot: Freedom Toaster This Shuttleworth Foundation 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. The Freedom Toaster is a conveniently located Bring 'n Burn' facility, where users bring their own blank discs and make copies of the open source software they require. Initially the name came about directly as a result of the fact that Linux is a free Operating System and that you toast a CD with Linux. However, it later became apparent that the name encapsulates the philosophy of Open Source Software, where we have the freedom to choose which software we use, the freedom to change it if we like and the freedom to share it with anyone, for free. Geek of the Week: Neil Blakey-Milner NEIL BLAKEY-MILNER a strong advocate of open source with a passion for FreeBSD, an alternative open source Unix flavour. Neil is also a massive python user, a high level programming language that is seeing an increasing focus because of its portability and flexibility. Neil is a true geek. -- [EPISODE 4] Lead Story: Intellectual Property in the 21st century Built within current Copyright law, Creative Commons is a new system that allows you to share your creations with others and use music, movies, images, and text online, marked with a Creative Commons licence. Its been gaining prominence steadily since its inception a few years ago. Creative Commons provides the space for artists to control their future, using the Internet. Big Gun: Lawrence Lessig Lawrence (Larry) Lessig, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the School's Centre for Internet and Society. Prior to joining Stanford he taught at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. In 2002, he was named one of 50 top innovators by Scientific American. Lessig acquired a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in philosophy from Cambridge, and a J.D. from Yale. Although considered a liberal, he clerked for strongly-conservative Judge Richard Posner and Justice Antonin Scalia. A well-known critic of extended copyright terms, Lessig has been engaged in several notable cases. Doing it:Gimp GIMP is a free image manipulation package. It has forked out into a separate film package cinepaint in use by many studios today. It's a powerful package with an efficient plugin architecture. Get it from their homepage Open Source Means Business: MWEB and SPAM Spam is an increasingly-common e-mail Inbox offender. This unsolicited and invasive form of communication has grown rapidly and vigorously, and is becoming a major problem. The growth can be attributed to a greater number of spammers, availability of easy-to-use spamming tools and a reduction in the response rates of e-mail users around the globe. Spam, per se, is not illegal in South Africa, but it is dealt with in section 45 of the Electronic Communications Act, 25 of 2002 (the ECT Act). A sender who fails to do one of three things is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to an unspecified fine, or a maximum of 12 months imprisonment. Geek of the Week:Barry Irwin BARRY IRWIN Practical security and spam measures. How to avoid getting viruses and spam. -- [EPISODE 5] Lead Story: Southern Smile Southern Smile is the engaging name given to a productive collaboration between countries in the developing world which share a common purpose in their dedication to the increasing use of Open Source software. This common bond between such countries as South Africa, Brazil, India and China, means the sharing of ideas and information, to the mutual benefit of all. Big Gun: Jon maddog Hall Jon maddog Hall has been in the computer industry since 1969, using Unix since 1977, and Linux since 1994. He has been a software engineer, systems administrator, product manager, marketing manager and professional educator. Jon has been the Executive Director of Linux International since 1995, the first four years as a volunteer. He has been employed by VA Linux systems, Compaq Computer Corporation in the Digital UNIX Marketing group and Bell Laboratories, among other companies. Open Source Means Business: Raymond Cossa In September, 2002, President Thabo Mbeki and HP CEO Carly Fiorina launched the Mogalakwena HP i-community, during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Established in the Limpopo Province and overseen by HP's Emerging Market Solutions division, the i-community is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between HP, the Limpopo Provincial Government and the Mogalakwena Municipality. What is hot: Freedom League The FREEDOM League of Geeks is designed to bring together the best of the Open Source world and the country-wide community of people eager to introduce as many new people as possible to the use of Open Source software. Anyone with the passion and ability can sign-up as an Open Source GEEK and receive all the materials needed to convert as many people and computers as possible. GEEKs will be able to log their installs and track their progress. -- [EPISODE 6] Lead Story: Distributed Computing Todays home-PCs are more powerful than we realize: more often than not, our normal activities on our PCs rarely make use of its processing power. By parallel-linking ordinary computers in what is called Grid or Distributed Computing, the resulting computational power rivals that of so-called super-computers, at a fraction of the price. Prof. Alexander Holt, PhD(Edinburgh) of the School of Computer Science at Wits University, is an Open Source Consultant, and a specialist in large-scale system configuration. Dr Fourie Joubert obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria in 2000. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University and currently also manages the Bioinformatics and Computational Unit in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria, which is an ACGT core facility. This Unit is also the National Bioinformatics Node in Gauteng, and is involved in research, training (post-graduate and short courses) and service provision. Big Gun: Bruce Perens Bruce Perens is a prominent figure in the open source movement, with a long and distinguished record. He is a former Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader, the primary author of the Open Source Definition, a founder of Software in the Public Interest, founder of the UserLinux project, and co-founder of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Perens also has a book series with Prentice Hall PTR called the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series. He is an avid ham radio enthusiast and maintains technocrat.net, which he styles a more mature forum than Slashdot. He is widely believed to hold the record for the rate of Slashdot upmodding of his comments! Open Source Means Business: Tiger Brands Tiger Brands is one of South Africas biggest companies. Its largest sector is food manufacturing, including products such as breakfast cereals, confectionery, dairy products, canned and ready-to-eat foods, flour, salty snacks, and baked goods. Tiger's healthcare division manufactures over-the-counter and prescription medicines as well as hospital products. It also has operations in fishing, food retailing, and personal, home, and baby care sectors. In 2004 it spun off its food store unit Spar. Along with South Africa, Tiger Brands has African operations in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Other Tiger operations are located in Australia, Canada, Latin America, the UK, and the US. What is hot: 441 Call Centre Four for one or 441, as its familiarly called - is a South African innovation: a PC with one CPU and one hard drive, but with four monitors, four keyboards and four mice (or should that be 'mouses'?) This ingenious, cost-effective development is based on a customized Open Source software system, designed with developing countries in mind. Its now being employed in the creation of a call-centre industry (SA Call Centre) in Limpopo Province and is being piloted at the University of the North, with healthy results on the computing budget! 441 looks every byte a winner! [EPISODE 7] Lead Story: Voice over IP Internet Voice, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analogue) phone line. Some services using VoIP may only allow you to call other people using the same service, but others may allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number - including local, long distance, mobile, and international numbers. Also, while some services only work over your computer or a special VoIP phone, other services allow you to use a traditional phone through an adaptor. Big Gun: Eric S. Raymond But who is Eric S. Raymond generally identified as ESR? I wonder that myself, sometimes. I'm a long-time hacker, active in the Internet culture since the 1970s, who got unexpectedly famous in the late 1990s .. it took me twenty years to become an overnight sensation. I either founded or re-invented (depending on who you ask, and how some history is interpreted; I prefer re-invented, myself) the Open Source Movement. .Today I'm one of the half-dozen or so most influential people in that movement; in fact, a lot of people would put me among the top three, with Linus Torvalds and Richard M. Stallman. The community has a tradition of tri-letterizing its heroes I suppose that began with Stallman, already a hero when I was a fledgling programmer in the early 1980s, who was generally known as RMS even then .I think I started to be routinely triletterized into ESR around 1998 on Slashdot; that was a few months after the fame thing started to kick in seriously. It's at best a mixed blessing. Fame is tactically useful, but the pressures and expectations that go with it can be nasty stuff. If you want to learn more about me, browsing through my essays would be a good place to start. Doing it:Gaim GAIM is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks. Open Source Means Business: Solly Masinga In a remarkably short period of time, he went from temporary employment as a packer, to mastery of Open Source and full-time responsibility for testing, support systems and customisation of the locally-developed 441 system, at the HP I-Community Centre in Limpopo. Thats the rags-to-riches story of the unstoppable Solly Masinga. Younus Hassan is a Technical Support Engineer. Moshe Masifo is a Systems Administrator. Refiloe Seseane visited the I-Community Centre to meet Solly, and hear what his mentors had to say. What is hot: Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. -- [EPISODE 8] Lead Story: Google Google is a play on the word googol, which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination" by Kasner and James Newman. The fanciful term refers to the number 10 raised to the hundredth power. Google's use of the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web. Big Gun: Larry Lessig Larry Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the schools Centre for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Lessig was also a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Doing it:Rhythmbox Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apples iTunes. Its available for Unix or Linux running the Gnome Desktop. Like iTunes, you can use it to browse, search and sort the music on your computer. It supports just about any music format, be it MP3, or Ogg Vorbis. Convert your CDs to one of these formats, and set up your own playlists. You can even use it to tune into Internet radio stations. Open Source Means Business: e-Commerce e-commerce, or electronic commerce, is defined as the conduct of financial transactions by electronic means. With the growth of commerce on the Internet and the Web, e-commerce often refers to purchases from on-line stores on the Web, otherwise knows as e-commerce websites. They may also be referred to as "virtual-stores" or cyber stores. Since the transaction goes through the Internet and the Web, some have suggested another term: i-commerce (Internet commerce). e-commerce can be business-to-business (B 2 B) or business-to-consumer (B 2C). What is hot: Turbocash Turbocash is a well-known and established accounting software, developed internationally and locally over the last 16 years. The good news is that it has been released as Open Source, and the Full Version is available as a free download. Although mainly used by small and medium-sized businesses, it can be scaled up to suit a large organization. -- [EPISODE 9] Lead Story: NASA's Mars Expoloration Rover On 10th June, 2003, the first Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) Spirit, was launched on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The MER-B Rover, Opportunity, followed on the 7th of July, 2003. Spirit landed on Mars on the 3rd of January, 2004, and Opportunity, on the 25th of that month. Big Gun: Bob Young Founded in 1993, Red Hat is the premier Linux and Open Source provider. Its the most recognized Linux brand in the world, serving global enterprises through technology and services made possible by the Open Source model. Solutions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platforms, sold through a subscription model, and a broad range of services: consulting, 24/7 support, and the Red Hat Network. Red Hat's global training programme operates in more than 60 locations worldwide and features RHCE, the global standard Linux certification. Doing it:Audacity Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Echo, Change Tempo, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST and LADSPA plug-in effects. Open Source Means Business: Hartbeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) is the only major radio astronomy observatory in Africa. Its located in a valley in the Magaliesberg hills, 50 km west of Johannesburg. It operates as a National Research Facility under the auspices of the National Research Foundation (NRF). What is hot: Xplanet ImageXplanet was inspired by Xearth, which renders an image of the earth into the X root window. All of the major planets and most satellites can be drawn, similar to the Solar System Simulator. A number of different map projections are also supported, including azimuthal, Lambert, Mercator, Mollweide, orthographic, and rectangular. -- [EPISODE 10] Lead Story: Computer Security Its about vulnerability... Your home computer is a popular target for intruders: they want what youve stored there. They look for credit card numbers, bank account information, and anything else they can find. By stealing that information, intruders can use your money to buy goods and services for themselves. But its not just money-related information theyre after: they also want your computers resources, meaning your hard disc space, your fast processor, and your Internet connection. They use them to attack other computers on the Internet. In fact, the more computers an intruder uses, the harder it is for law enforcement to figure out where the attack is really coming from. If intruders cant be found, they cant be stopped, and they cant be prosecuted. Big Gun: Bruce Schneier Bruce Schneier is an internationally-renowned Security Technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier. His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published. His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune a jewel box of little surprises you can actually use. His current book, Beyond Fear tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security. Doing it:Thunderbird Mozillas Thunderbird makes e-mailing safer, faster, and easier than ever, with the industry's best implementations of features - such as intelligent spam filters, built-in RSS reader, quick search, and much more. It offers the most effective tools for detecting junk mail analyzing the e-mail and identifying those most likely to be junk. You can automatically have your junk mail deleted or you can put it in a folder you specify, just in case you suddenly develop an interest in reading junk mail! Open Source Means Business: Embedded Systems Essentially, an embedded system is a small, customised operating system for single-use systems. Its the computer we almost certainly use everyday, without necessarily being aware of it the wrist-watch, the cell-phone, the CD player, the digital camera. All of these devices (and a host of others) have computers embedded in them. And Open Source makes it easier . Marc Chase spoke to some local practitioners in the business of embedded systems Abraham van der Merwe of Frogfoot: Adriaan Graaff , I.T. Director at Namitech; and Demetrios Savvides of Powerband. What is hot: HP i-centre In September 2002, Johannesburg played host to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development - a high-profile forum that brought together experts from around the world to debate practical solutions to the problems faced by emerging economies. At the Summit South African President, Thabo Mbeki, joined HP CEO Carly Fiorina to launch the Mogalakwena HP i-community - an innovative three-year partnership between HP, the Limpopo Province and the Mogalakwena Municipality. Fiorina addressed community stakeholders, government officials and business leaders and reaffirmed HP's commitment to the project. President Mbeki stressed the strength of commitment from the country's highest office, promising to "insert myself into this process, to go there myself and see." The Mogalakwena HP i-community's primary intention is to find breakthroughs in the ways that information and communication technology (ICT) can enable sustainable social, economic and environmental development. As a result, its mandate is to provide the Mogalakwena community with ICT access and training - as well as sustainable livelihoods solutions - and thereby stimulate education and employment opportunities. -- [EPISODE 11] Lead Story: Open Source in Education The eighth IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2005, is to be held at the University of Stellenbosch from 4th to 7th July this year. It will explore the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education and the Teaching of Informatics, provide an opportunity for participants to review progress since WCCE 2001, report on successful (and unsuccessful) ICT projects in Education, and predict trends for the future. Big Gun: Richard Stallman Richard M. Stallman is the founder of the GNU Project, launched in 1984 to develop the free software operating system GNU. The name ``GNU'' is a recursive acronym for ``GNU's Not Unix''. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. Non-free software keeps users divided and helpless, forbidden to share it and unable to change it. A free operating system is essential for people to be able to use computers in freedom. Today, Linux-based variants of the GNU system, based on the kernel Linux developed by Linus Torvalds, are in widespread use. There are estimated to be some 20 million users of GNU/Linux systems today. Doing it:Getting Help Mark: So what do you do when things go wrong? Open Source isnt produced by a company, so its not immediately obvious where you would go to get technical support. And what were going to show you today is how the Open Source community which is the thousands and thousands of people who write Open Source software participate in helping the people who write Open Source Software. Open Source Means Business: Pipeline Performance Technologies (Thin Client) The "Thin Client" method of computer networking is a well-established technology by which old, used or donated computers are used simply as a terminal to access the full computing power of a new and powerful server in the back room as though it were that server. The Thin Client network ensures that each terminal, regardless of its own computing characteristics, delivers the speed and capability of the server, so each user experiences top quality, smooth, fast computing. Its a cost-effective solution made even more affordable because Linux is involved. What is hot: Noodle Linux Noodle Linux hot off the stove: a new Linux distro with a funky sense of humour. Marc Chase got the inside story from two of its developers Ross Addiz and Bongani Hlope, of MIP Holdings. -- [EPISODE 12] Lead Story: China's 'Red flag' goes open Last year, a number of Chinese software companies joined forces with overseas vendors such as IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp, and Novell Inc. to form the China Open Source Software Promotion Alliance, China's first Open Source software organization. The objectives of the alliance include co-operative Linux development, promotion of Open Source development and application in China, driving exchanges and co-operation among Open Source communities in northeast Asia, and making contributions to the international Open Source community. Big Gun: Alan Cox Welshman Alan Cox is a renowned Linux guru, now working full-time at Red Hat. Founded in 1993, Red Hat is the premier Linux and Open Source provider. It serves global enterprises through technology and services made possible by the Open Source model. Solutions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platforms, sold through a subscription model, and a broad range of services: consulting, 24x7 support, Red Hat Network. Red Hat's global training program operates in more than 60 locations worldwide and features RHCE, the global standard Linux certification. Doing it:Installing Linux Ubuntu Linux is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. These freedoms make Ubuntu fundamentally different from traditional proprietary software: not only are the tools you need available free of charge, you have the right to modify your software until it works the way you want it to. Open Source Means Business: Translate.org Translate.org.za is a non-profit organisation producing Free and Open Source software that enables and empowers South Africans. The Translate Project started in 2001 with the vision of providing Free Software translated into the 11 official languages of South Africa. Free Software in your language is true empowerment. The project is run by committed volunteers, and sponsored by the Department of Communications, The Shuttleworth Foundation, Obsidian Systems, St James Software and Hewlett-Packard (South Africa). What is hot: GNU Backgammon Want to be a player on the Internet? A player of Backgammon, that is. Software Engineer Matthew Ryder, and on-line player , Dr Peter Wisniewski, a GP, extol the benefits of the digital version of this ancient and highly-popular game. -- [EPISODE 13] Lead Story: Making money from Open source The most outstanding local example of making money from Open Source Software is undoubtedly the Mark Shuttleworth Story, a garage-to-riches tale of hard work, Open Source and business acumen, resulting in the creation of South Africas best-known IT multi-millionaire, and Africas first astronaut! Another local example of the commercial potential of Open Source is Afribiz, a company that provides network specific services including mail servers, firewalls, print servers, fax servers, file servers, web servers and a host of other server and network related services to businesses. The companys strategy includes cost-effective, stable and low maintenance products. Open Source Means Business: Starfish A local technology company, Starfish Mobile Technologies, focuses its energies on cell-phones, creating innovative SMS campaigns in the field of Permission Marketing. And theyve done it with the indispensable help of Open Source. Marc Chase spoke to Starfishs Marketing Director, Wayne Nelson-Esch, and David Zarraga, of Xurpass, and Head of Operations, Starfish Mobile. Big Gun: Robert Young Bob Young is a Co-founder and former Chairman of Red Hat (1993-2000). He describes himself as a Serial entrepreneur. Hes a graduate of the University of Toronto (1976), and Founder of The Centre for the Public Domain (1999), a non-profit foundation that supports the growth of a healthy and robust public domain of knowledge and the arts. Bob is also CEO and founder of Lulu.com, home of Bob Youngs Store and Lulu Enterprises, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lulu.com is a site that allows content creators and owners to bring work directly to market without surrendering control of their intellectual property. What is hot: Open Source outside the computer Refiloe Seseane: I wonder if you realize that Open Source software or Open Source is not just limited to the world of computing. The concept has always existed. The Open Source way of thinking comes from situations where its better for everyone to spread their knowledge and to allow for progress. But it also touches our lives daily, and sometimes we take it for granted. Like when you attempt a gourmet meal from a recipe. Recipes are often given out freely. Some restaurants even publish their recipes to make their brands more accessible. 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