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The big Kongoni Hackfest: Saturday October 3rd from 11am SAST onward.

http://silentcoder.co.za

"Kongoni is planning a major hackfest event that will coordinate both an online and offline code-sprint. The purpose of the work is to modify our kongoni_current ports tree to be compatible with the new FHS-compliant slackware64 structures so that we can migrate to it as an upstream for kongoni Cicero..."

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CLUG celebrates Software Freedom Day with some dirty hands – Photoblog

http://silentcoder.co.za

"Okay, so yesterday was, of course, Software Freedom Day. All over the world user groups and organizations held various events to spread the word and promote the cause..." — (A.J. Venter, lead developer of the Kongoni GNU/Linux project) —

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South African translators learn how to localise using FOSS

http://www.africanlocalisation.net

Two days of ANLoc training by Translate.org.za and Wits Language School has started 10 translators on their road to becoming certified localisers. As part of their training these students will localise a number of open source applications into various South African languages.

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Did Microsoft Bribe Its Way Into Kicking GNU/Linux out of South African Schools?

http://boycottnovell.com

Can students be required to buy a particular product from a particular abusive company that virtually bribes teachers to achieve this?

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Join us to Stop! the Regulations - Why Researchers Should use the GPL

http://www.africancommons.org

"The Minister of Science and Technology proposes to include a set of Regulations in the Publicly Financed Research and Development Act, section 17, that will result in dire consequences for the research sector in South Africa in particular and all South Africans in general, by stifling local innovation and access to knowledge. These Regulations must be stopped!

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FKFT - Free knowledge with SELF

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"During an intensive three day period, participants from the Phillipines, Mexico, Tanzania, USA, and many other countries around the world, not excluding Spain itself, gathered around the Free Knowledge, Free Technology conference in Barcelona.

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OSS advocates file human rights complaint against SA election body

http://www.tectonic.co.za

The head of South Africa’s government open source working group, the chief technical officer of the State IT Agency (Sita) and The Shuttleworth Foundation, have laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for excluding non-Internet Explorer users from it website.

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Microsoft corrupts the ISO

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RMS: « Microsoft consummated its corruption of the International Standards Organization, which dismissed an appeal by several countries against the approval of OOXML.

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A Reminder: ISO's Code of Ethics and What Happens Next

http://www.groklaw.net

Now that there have been at least three official appeals filed against OOXML, by South Africa, Brazil and India, as well as a letter of protest from a participant entity at the BRM over the way matters were handled in Denmark, I thought this might be an excellent time to take a moment and remind ISO of its published Code of Ethics [PDF].

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India Appeals Against OOXML, Joining Brazil, South Africa, Maybe More

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3 nations (at least) are already confirmed to have appealed against ISO's decision

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The Shuttleworth Foundation Supports South Africa's Appeal Against OOXML

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The Shuttleworth Foundation has sent out a press relase explaining what it believes is wrong with OOXML as a standard, and stating its conviction that the the South Africa Bureau of Standards has a strong case for appeal.

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The Embrace, Extend, Extinguish of ODF Begins? - Updated

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On the same day that I read that the South Africa standards body has filed an official appeal against the approval of OOXML with ISO/IEC, I find Patrick Durusau has written the following outrageous words [PDF] regarding Microsoft's announcement it will support ODF, and trust me when I tell you the opening is just a taste:

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South Africa Files Official Appeal Re OOXML - OOXML in Limbo Now

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Andy Updegrove has the news that South Africa has filed an official appeal, protesting the approval of OOXML, and their action means that OOXML is now in limbo until the appeal ends:SABS, the National Body member of ISO/IEC JTC1 for South Africa, has filed a formal appeal with both ISO and IEC, challenging the Fast Track adoption of OOXML.

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Another Formal Complaint About ISO/Microsoft: South Africa’s Turn

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South Africa takes a good shot at ISO and Microsoft for what it knows was a sham.

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Microsoft Lies and Insults South Africans to ‘Sell’ OOXML

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Microsoft's comments appear to be backfiring in one place while absorbed peacefully by ZDNet.

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