Category Archives: FOSS Stories

An Open Source Collaboration that’s helping kids learn in South Africa.

Following a joint venture by Enterprise Linux, and open source solutions provider, SUSE South Africa and Limpopo Connexion, an Offline Content Project launched which ensures schools get access to educational information even when they have no internet connectivity. This project, which has been running since April 2016, was officially highlighted recently in Polokwane to coincide… Read More »

Open-source Teen Programmer builds AI in days

One of the beautiful benefit of open source is the empowerment it gives to its users to be able to innovate and provide solutions to tech problems. This can be through the availability of free tools and platforms to operate. Among the different people around the world pushing the boundary of innovation through the use… Read More »

You and the Shadow of open Source Software

The world of open source is not a distant wonderland where everybody lives happily ever after – as many would like to paint it. Instead of being a far-to-reach utopia, open source is closer to you than you think even more than your shadow – huh, just think about that for a moment. There are… Read More »

VMware Joins Linux Foundation

There is good news for the Linux community. The big virtual emulator software giant – VMware – has joined the Linux Foundation as gold member. The Gold member status is the second in tier of membership at Linux Foundation. Many of you that do operating system installation virtualization would no doubt understand what role vmware plays… Read More »

The shape of open source

By | January 27, 2017

At its core, open source is about collaboration. Whether it’s version control, licenses, or issue trackers—everything exists to support people working with each other. Open source embodies a model for people to work together, building something greater than they can create on their own. Open source projects on GitHub come in all shapes and sizes,… Read More »

Russian Bill makes Free Software a Public Priority

By | December 7, 2016

Legislators have drafted a bill that will boost Free Software on multiple levels within the Russian Federation’s public sector. The draft, approved by the Russian Federation’s Duma (lower chamber) in mid-October, requires the public sector to prioritise Free Software over proprietary alternatives, gives precedence to local IT businesses that offer Free Software for public tenders,… Read More »

The Nigerian communication commission and the freedom of the people

By | December 2, 2016

I have written previously about the importance of the internet to the development of FOSS in Nigeria. Even though the current rate of accessing the internet in the country is very expensive compared to what is obtainable in other parts of the world. Last week the Nigerian communication commission (NCC) – the regulatory agency responsible for… Read More »

Microsoft now a part of the Linux Foundation

By | November 25, 2016

It’s been a strange old year, and it’s a testament to just how strange that this headline doesn’t seem too out of place anymore. Microsoft – once the poster company for closed software – has joined The Linux Foundation as a platinum member. What was unthinkable just a few short years ago makes much more… Read More »

A Doctor Turned Programmer Through Open Source

By | October 28, 2016

Judy Gichoya is a medical doctor from Kenya who became a software developer after joining the open source medical records project, OpenMRS. The open source project creates medical informatics software that helps health professionals collect and present data to improve patient care in developing countries.   After seeing how effective the open medical records system… Read More »

IBM says Linux is good for Africa, to set up the Latest Linux Cloud Server in Africa.

By | September 21, 2016

IBM is hoping to catch a portion of the free and open source pie by intending to deploy it’s cutting-edge LinuxONE mainframe/cloud sever to Africa, Johannesburg to be precise. It seems that many players in the tech world are beginning to see a promising tech potential for the African continent. Especially now that the amount… Read More »