Computer News - In Brief


- Intel today announced the successful completion of Phase I of the implementation of the Intel-Powered Classmate PC into 6 schools inside and outside Cairo in Egypt. Following the conclusion of the trial period, the Education Service Provider covering Egypt - has pledged a further order of 5,000 Intel-Powered classmate PCs to be supplied to around 40 schools across Egypt.

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated a seven-man committee for the establishment of Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF). The committee, chaired by Professor Oluwafeyisola Adegoke, is expected to advise government and facilitate the establishment of STDF, especially the joint management and administration of fund.

- 3.0, the next major release of the open source office suite, is scheduled to be released in September. Which means that it is pretty much guaranteed to be included in the next release of Ubuntu 8.10, Mandriva 2009 and Fedora 10, all of which are due out in October. Until then it is easy enough to test out the beta releases of OpenOffice 3.0 without removing your existing 2x OpenOffice installation.

- Local security specialist distribution company, Biodata, has been awarded the rights to distribute the full range of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) products with immediate effect. Biodata is currently the only distributor of ISS products in the region, and will deliver the full scope of ISS security solutions in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho.

- If you're in the US and you walk into a BestBuy this week you may spot some new software peeking out from the shelves. Ubuntu is now available as a boxed set in stores and on-line.