Computer News - In Brief


- The government of Mauritius is negotiating with Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD). for the provision of low-cost personal computers. The Mauritian government's objective is to bring the price of PCs -- including the CPU (central processing unit), keyboard, screen and mouse -- below the Rs10,000 mark (USD$384). At present, the average PC costs double that price in Mauritius.

- In South Africa, Business Connexion has won a contract from the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) to develop and run a change-management process to help 3500 government workers begin using Ubuntu open source software.

- According to estimates provided by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), the number of computer users in Egypt was 6.78 million in May 2007.

- Representatives of Ivoirian higher education and research institutions met on 1 August 2008 in Abidjan for a one-day workshop on the establishment of an NREN in Cote d'Ivoire. The workshop was hosted by Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet Boigny.