Computer News - In Brief


- A software package dealing with the evolution of a tsunami and its impact on Algerian coastal areas has just been developed by researchers from the Mohamed Boudiaf University of Sciences and Technology of Oran.

- In Nigeria, Chief Friday Akatobi, the Abia Commissioner for Science and Technology, said today the state would have a technology park next year. He told newsmen in Umuahia that the park became necessary to boost indigenous technology.

- Parastal CSIR, South Africa’s national science and technology research organisation, is readying to switch most of its more than 2300 staff to using Ubuntu Linux as their default desktop. As part of the move, the organisation has issued a request for information (RFI) for providers to assist in making a few remaining Windows-based applications available to users while working on Ubuntu.

- Three students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) are to represent the country at the global finals of Microsoft's 'Imagine Cup' contest, scheduled to hold in July.

- For the first time, a holder of an advance diploma in Software Engineering from the Aptech Computer Education Centre in Accra can access a scholarship facility estimated at about £8,000 from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.