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Go Open

Go Open

'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 huttleworth Foundation, the Meraka Institute, HP, and Canonical.

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  • 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 Africa’s best-known IT multi-millionaire, and Africa’s 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 company’s strategy includes cost-effective, stable and low maintenance products. 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’. He’s 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 Young’s 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. Open Source Means Business: Starfish What is hot: Open Source outside the computer


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  • 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 Open Source Means Business: Translate.org What is hot: GNU Backgammon


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  • 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 Open Source Means Business: Pipeline Performance Technologies (Thin Client) What is hot: Noodle Linux


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  • Lead Story: Computer Security It’s about vulnerability... Your home computer is a popular target for intruders: they want what you’ve 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 it’s not just money-related information they’re after: they also want your computer’s 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 can’t be found, they can’t be stopped, and they can’t 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 Open Source Means Business: Embedded Systems What is hot: HP i-centre


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  • 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. It’s 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 Open Source Means Business: Hartbeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory What is hot: Xplanet


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  • 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 school’s 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 Open Source Means Business: e-Commerce What is hot: Turbocash


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  • 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 Open Source Means Business: Solly Masinga What is hot: Ubuntu Linux


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  • Lead Story: Distributed Computing Today’s home-PC’s are more powerful than we realize: more often than not, our normal activities on our PC’s 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 What is hot: 441 Call Centre


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  • 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 What is hot: Freedom League


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  • 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. It’s 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 Open Source Means Business: MWEB and SPAM Geek of the Week:Barry Irwin


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  • 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 and The Ubuntu Project. 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. Open Source Means Business: Gail Reid / TuXlabs What is hot: Freedom Toaster Geek of the Week: Neil Blakey-Milner


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  • 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 Open Source Means Business: Brett Strydom, Systems Engineer What is hot: Drive By Internet Geek of the Week:Alastair Otter


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  • 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. It’s 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". Additional Stories ------------------ Doing it: Firefox Open Source Means Business: FOSS in retailers What is hot: QuakeOS


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