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June 19th 2018: RETENTIONedu is an educational computer for schools and students at home. It comes preinstalled with educational content and offers a dynamic learning experience. RETENTIONedu belongs to RETENTION brand which has two other product suites.

RETENTIONedu comes pre-packaged with educational content for Pre-school, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students. The educational material is a combination of visual...

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28th March 2018 -Retention Range (PTY) Ltd launches Botswana’s locally produced Desktop Computer. With the increase in costs associated with ICT, Rentention Range has taken an initiative to produce a range of affordable Desktop Computers for the people and businesses across all sectors of the economy. Their Brand, RETENTION, brings to the nation RETENTION CLASSIC for home and office, RETENTION EDU tailored for students from Pre Schools to tertiary and RETENTION LEGACY for Office and home use.

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January 11, 2018- As per the report, Barcelona city plans to replace all user applications on its computers with open source alternatives. After finding a proper replacement for all proprietary software, the final step would be to...

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Gaborone, Botswana – March 27, 2017 – Retention Range, is pleased to announce the launch of Ubuntu Mirror for Open Source Softwares. This will enable Retention Range to offer developers and the ICT community local access to a range...

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Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 23, 2017 – Collabora Productivity, the developers behind LibreOffice Online, has partnered with Retention Range in Botswana, making Collabora Online available for the first time in Africa...

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Publications of interest

HOLLYWOOD GOES OPEN SOURCE; COLLABORATES WITH LINUX FOUNDATION

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August 11, 2018 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is best known for organizing the Oscars has announced its love for open source tech. It has joined hands with the Linux Foundation to establish the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF).

The objective of ASWF is to increase the quality and quantity of contributions to the entertainment industry through open-source projects. It will provide a neutral platform to facilitate cross-project efforts, a common built and test infrastructure. The founding members behind this initiative include big names like Google, Walt Disney Studios, Cisco, DreamWorks, Intel, SideFX, Blue Sky Studios, Epic Games, Animal Logic, etc.

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City of Rome begins switch to open source office default

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JULY 31, 2018 - This month, the city of Rome has begun making LibreOffice the only available suite of office productivity tools on its workstations. The first group to switch uses office tools less than one hour per month.

Rome will uninstall the proprietary alternative gradually, depending on the amount of time that office tools are used. This transition schedule is based on measurements that took place between June to December last year.

The city government decided to switch to using free and open source software in October 2016. The first step, an inventory of all desktop applications and server-based solutions, was completed in early 2017.

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Scotiabank to share proprietary software development accelerator with open-source community

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JULY 31, 2018 - SAN FRANCISCO and TORONTO, July 25, 2018 /CNW/ - Scotiabank today announced it will share bank-developed applications with the open-source software community, marking a significant milestone in the Bank's digital transformation.

The announcement was made by Justin Arbuckle, Senior Vice President and leader of The Platform Organization at Scotiabank, in a customer keynote at the Google Cloud Next '18 conference in San Francisco.

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Building Next-Generation Government Applications Using Open Source Technologies

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JULY 2, 2018 - Governments the world over are trying to provide citizen-centric services. Our own country has taken the ‘Smart City’ initiative. The idea is to provide better governance, which can be achieved by the digitisation of services. Open source software can bring such services to the citizen accurately, speedily, securely and in a user friendly manner.

The success of digital governance depends on the ability to enable multiple government agencies and departments to communicate with each other. All the work that has been done earlier should be interoperable with all the new initiatives to be implemented in the near future. In addition, the focus is on enabling the best citizen experience, making available the relevant information and being responsive by leveraging the latest technology trends (like analytics)...

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What’s new in Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS

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MAY 8, 2018 • Canonical’s Ubuntu distribution for Linux has earned a reputation for being user-friendly, with editions aimed at desktop, server, cloud, and IoT users. This changelog tracks updates to Ubuntu across its release cycle, including its LTS (long term support) releases.

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A Modular and Open Source Router is Being Crowdfunded

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April 24, 2018 • A company from the Czech Republic is trying to raise money to bring a modular and open source router to the public. It has a number of features that can’t be found in the current line up of routers available for purchase.

The goal of the campaign is to create a modular router. The team behind the project knows that not everyone needs a powerful, high-end router.

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EOH and LSD Information Technology partner to lead open source in Africa

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February 21, 2018 • Southern Africa: EOH has announced the acquisition of LSD Information Technology (LSD), a company specialising in Linux and enterprise open source technology. The partnership addresses an identified gap in the market by bringing the value and innovation...Read More...

Ford plans to develop a connected car open-source platform

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Jan 9, 2018: On Tuesday, Ford announced an extensive set of initiatives to enhance the development of connected cars. Among the multi-pronged approach are ongoing plans to work with Qualcomm on V2X communications for cities, cyclists, and cars. If there’s a common theme in Ford Motor Company’s approach to the future of transportation, it’s that there needs to be some rules.....Read More...

Linux Now Runs on All of the Top 500 Supercomputers

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As per the latest report from Top 500, Linux now runs on all of the fastest 500 supercomputers in the world. The previous number was 498 as remaining two supercomputers ran Unix.

Top500 is an independent project that was launched in 1993 to benchmark supercomputers. It publishes the details about the top 500 fastest supercomputers known to them, twice a year. You can go the website and filter out the list based on various criteria such as country, OS type, vendors etc."....Read More...

Oracle joins the Kubernetes movement

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Published September 13, 2017 by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source. Oracle joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and released Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and its own Kubernetes cloud installer. At The Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit in Los Angeles, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Foundation and Oracle, announced that it was joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum Member.In addition, Oracle is releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux.With this move, as Zemlin noted "six of the largest clouds are now running Kubernetes."....Read More...

Tirana government migrates to open source cloud

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Published August 09, 2017 by Justin W Flory. Tirana, Albania, cites security, performance, and cost as driving forces in selecting Nextcloud for its government operations.Open source software has come a long way since the turn of the century. Every year, more and more people are embracing open source technology and development models.Not just people, though—corporations and governments are exploring open source solutions, too. Read More...

Why Open Source will Overtake Proprietary Software by 2020

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19th June 2017, The future is in open source, and proprietary will have to either get on board or be left in the dust. Is proprietary software dead? Maybe not entirely, but pretty soon, its place in the enterprise will be greatly diminished due to the rapid adoption of innovative open source alternatives. While proprietary tools often boast small, yet stable, customer bases ...Read More...

toyota including automotive grade linux platform 2018 camry

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Jun 07, 2017, Toyota is taking advantage of the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Platform in its 2018 Toyota Camry. AGL will be supporting the inVehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems and not the engine control unit.....Read More...

Open Source Comes of Age

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As of today (June 1, 2017), we've been talking about open source for exactly 19 years, 3 months and 23 days. The start date was February 8, 1998, when Eric S. Raymond distributed an open letter by email with the subject line Goodbye, "free software"; hello, "open source". What followed was a deliberate (though barely coordinated) effort by many geeks (including yours truly and this magazine) to make open source a thing. I am sure that the line would have continued rising toward the sky if Google hadn't tired of scanning books in 2008. Read More...

Free alternatives to Microsoft Word, Photoshop and more

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Published May 20, 2017 by Kim Komando. For years, people have grumbled about the price of software. Adobe products have always been expensive, and many customers were agitated when the company shifted to “Creative Cloud,” which meant a monthly or annual subscription.Read More...

SCRIBBLES

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Today, April 28th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the documentation and source code for CIA's "Scribbles" project, a document-watermarking preprocessing system to embed "Web beacon"-style tags into documents that are likely to be copied by Insiders, Whistleblowers, Journalists or others. The released version (v1.0 RC1) is dated March, 1st 2016 and classified SECRET//ORCON/NOFORN until 2066.

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openvpn deployment with Debian Stretch

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Apr 7, 2017, Debian Stretch feels like an excellent release by the Debian project. The final stable release is about to happen in the short term. Among the great things you can do with Debian, you could set up a VPN using the openvpn software. In this blog post I will describe how I’ve deployed myself an openvpn server using Debian Stretch,...

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UK government deals blow to Microsoft with LibreOffice love-in

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THE UK GOVERNMENT has dealt a blow to Microsoft with the announcement that it will adopt open source LibreOffice software across the public sector. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) announced...... Read More...

Government Open Source Office deal set to provide major savings

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UK Government buyers have signed a new commercial deal for Open Source office applications on desktop, mobile, and cloud. The "Cloud Transition Agreement" between the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), an executive arm of the Cabinet Office, and British Open Source software firm Collabora Productivity, states the Government's commitment to Open Source and Open Document Format, and offers major cost savings for public sector bodies. "Moving to the cloud, adopting Open IT Standards, and saving the taxpayer money are three key Government objectives .... Read More...

THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

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Free Software isn’t just about getting shiny new programs for no cash – it’s part of a much larger social movement. Mike Saunders and Graham Morrison explore the history and future of FOSS. There’s a problem with the word ‘free’. Specifically, it can refer to something... Read More...