Computer News - In Brief

Computing

- South Africa’s minister of public service and administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, took centre stage at a protest march in Norway. The march was held to protest alleged irregularities in the ratification of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an ISO standard last week.

- Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has proposed a new initiative that will see its services launched on an electronic platform accessible through the Internet. The e-NHIS will be the Scheme's automated business transaction and technology platform which will simplify our processes as well as those of HMOs, HCPs, banks, and the beneficiaries.

- With the financial support of the European Union, Senegal will roll out a e-commerce platform across the country to facilitate business at the local level. The pilot project is currently hosted at Trade Point Senegal.

- Mandriva announced the release of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring. The new release includes features such as full support for the Asus Eee, easy synchronisation with Windows Mobile 5 and later, Blackberry, and Nokia devices, a new parental control utility, the Elisa multimedia center, Codeina for easy installation of necessary media codecs, PulseAudio by default and much more.