]> Impi Linux (Pty) Ltd - Ubuntu for Africa http://www.impilinux.co.za Your Freedom Starts Here en Impi Linux 7.05 Desktop Released http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/46 <p>South Africa-developed Impi Linux, a local version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, today announced its latest release. With this release Impi Linux, is hoping to extends its existing public sector foothold and grab a little more of the enterprise sector.</p> <p>Read more at:<br /> <a href="http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1491">http://www.tectonic.co.za/</a></p> Impi Mon, 07 May 2007 17:40:24 +0200 SA government to switch to open source http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/38 <p>22 February, 2007<br /> The South African Cabinet today announced that it had approved a free and open source strategy and that government would migrate its current software to free and open source software. </p> <p> At a Cabinet media briefing government said that it had "approved a policy and strategy for the implementation of free and open source software (FOSS) in government. </p> <p> In a statement the cabinet said "all new software developed for or by the government will be based on open standards and government will itself migrate current software to FOSS. This strategy will, among other things, lower administration costs and enhance local IT skills." </p> <p> Read more at:<br /> <a href="http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1377">Tectonic: SA government to switch to open source</a></p> Linux Thu, 01 Mar 2007 17:30:06 +0200 New Ubuntu Release Available for Desktops and Servers, with Long Term, Global Support http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/34 <p>Ubuntu, which has become one of the world's most popular Linux distributions in recent years, launched its latest version on June 1 following months of intense testing. The new release is titled Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), and has a specific emphasis on the needs of large organisations with both desktop and server versions. </p> <p>Ubuntu 6.06 LTS introduces functionality that simplifies common Linux server deployment processes. For system administrators setting up large numbers of web, mail and related servers, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS offers the fastest and most consistent path to deployment, combined with the availability of global commercial support where needed. "Ubuntu has a reputation for working well out of the box on desktops, and we have worked to bring that same ease of deployment and configuration to the server marketplace" said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project. "Based on our analysis of the ways people were already deploying Ubuntu on servers, we have aimed to streamline their experience while expanding the range of software available to people deploying Ubuntu in the data centre."<br /> Ubuntu is freely available, including security updates for five years on servers, with no restrictions on usage and no requirement to purchase support contracts or subscriptions per deployment. Full telephone &amp; online support on commercial terms is available globally from Canonical Ltd and other companies. "The economics of Ubuntu deployment are fundamentally different from those of other leading Linux distributions that offer commercial support" said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical Ltd. "Companies and individuals can deploy Ubuntu widely, and purchase support only for the machines where they need the assurance of a Support Level Agreement. This makes Ubuntu the preferred choice for large scale deployments where support contracts are not essential on every machine." </p> <p>Sun Microsystems and Canonical also announced this week that Ubuntu 6.06 LTS will support the UltraSPARC T1 processor on Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. These SPARC-based systems join the list of architectures for which Canonical will offer technical support on a paid, commercial basis, starting at $700 USD per year for a single server. For more information, please see the ubuntu support pages. </p> <p>The Server Edition of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS includes a unique mechanism to set up a standardized, certified, and supported LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) server with a single command. The feature greatly reduces the setup time for companies providing hosted LAMP services, as well as making it easier for organizations to set up and maintain their own LAMP-standardized servers. Canonical Ltd. Also provides technical support for the full suite of components in the LAMP stack.<br /> “This new (LAMP) functionality is the first of several planned fully-certified free software stacks in Ubuntu,” said Fabio Massimo Di Nitto, product manager of Ubuntu Server Edition. The acronym LAMP refers to four ingredients of the world's most widely used framework for dynamic website publishing. While many variations on the LAMP theme exist, these four components are most commonly deployed together. The process of integrating these components will often take several hours per server and leaves room for the introduction of security vulnerabilities or unnecessary variation in configuration between different systems. "LAMP servers were the most popular use of Ubuntu in the data center, so we focused on that stack first" added Adam Conrad, Ubuntu's lead LAMP developer. </p> <p>Ubuntu 6.06 LTS also has a new mechanism to make commercial software available, enabling businesses and individuals to download select software from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). There are a variety of solutions available this way already, including data management software from Arkeia, cross-platform development tools from Raining Data, PC sharing from Userful and virtualisation from VMware. Additional software for Ubuntu from ISVs will be added in the coming months.<br /> "Ubuntu and VMware have worked together to make industry-leading virtualization a freely available and easy to use capability for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS," said Dan Chu, VMWare's Senior Director of Technology Alliances &amp; Developer and ISV Products. "Now any Ubuntu user can automatically install and run VMware Player from the Ubuntu package manager, and join the four million plus users of VMware worldwide for running virtualized servers, desktops, and virtual appliances. Hundreds of thousands of users have already adopted Ubuntu virtual appliances using VMware, and the increased integration between Ubuntu and VMware will further enable broad uptake of these virtual appliances." </p> <p>Ubuntu is part of the Debian family of distributions. As such it has an extremely wide selection of software that is instantly available to Ubuntu users, and includes some of the world's best-regarded software for the management of software updates and changes. "Debian is integral to the success and popularity of Ubuntu" said Matt Zimmerman, CTO of Ubuntu. "The combined efforts of more than 1,000 developers create a unique platform in Debian, which allows Ubuntu to focus on the specific needs of our users." Ubuntu is believed to be the leading version of the Debian system that includes skills certification from LPI, as well as certifications from hardware and software companies. </p> <p>A special added bonus of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is the inclusion of several chapters from “The Official Ubuntu Book”, which Prentice Hall Professional will publish in July 2006, under an Open Content licence. The book represents the collaborative effort of more than a dozen Ubuntu community members from around the world, in addition to the primary authors: Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jessie, and Ivan Krstic. “We’re thrilled to have been able to develop this book in such close partnership with the Ubuntu community,” said Paul Boger, VP/Publisher for the Pearson Technology Group. “This book is truly by and for the Ubuntu community.” The book can be pre-ordered at http://www.prenhallprofessional.com/ubuntu. </p> <p>The word "Ubuntu" is a special word in many African languages. It translates loosely as "human-ness" and speaks to the importance of the role each individual plays in their community. In celebration of that, this release of Ubuntu also includes unique video footage of an interview with Nelson Mandela, who speaks on the relevance of this philosophy today. </p> <p><b>About Ubuntu</b><br /> Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions, with millions distributed and in use around the world. Ubuntu will always be free, and will not have restrictive licenses associated with it. With these goals in mind at all times, Ubuntu aims at being the most widely used of all Linux systems, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. The latest version can be downloaded from the Ubuntu site.</p> <p><b>About Canonical Ltd.</b><br /> Canonical Ltd. is committed to the development, distribution and promotion of open source software products, and to providing tools and support to the open source community. With a global organization headquartered in Europe, Canonical has employees throughout Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Australia.</p> Linux Thu, 01 Jun 2006 12:51:59 +0200 Impi Linux Announces the 'Mile High Club' http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/33 <p>Impi Linux is proud to announce a brand new partnership programme, designed to bring the company’s offerings to its partners in a mutually beneficial way. Entitled 'The Mile High Club' to correlate with the company’s aviation theme for the programme, the intention is to better serve partners in providing Impi Linux's products and services to their clients.</p> <p>By involving themselves in the programme, partners will be enabled to maximise their offerings in terms of Impi Linux’s range of customised, industry-specific Linux products and ensure their clients of the highest level of professional support. </p> <p>“Impi Linux has decided to employ a dynamic partner strategy in growing its network of service providers,” says Gary Fortuin, managing director for Impi Linux. “Via this programme, we will be giving our partners access to some of the best local Linux skills on offer. Furthermore, our partnership programme has a developmental aspect to empower the SMME market to provides services within the growing Linux segment.” </p> <p>“Given our strategic partnerships with international organisations such as Canonical and CodeWeavers, we will also be providing our partners with access to the same professional services and products we currently enjoy,” he adds.</p> <p>The programme uses elements of Ubuntu’s partnership programme utilised internationally. “We’ve taken the programme from Ubuntu and adapted it to the local environment with its unique needs and challenges,” says Fortuin. “Just as we have taken Ubuntu itself and adapted it to specialised local demands, in the spirit of open source. Partners can therefore be assured that the services Impi brings them are optimised for the South African market.”</p> <p>The programme will focus on breaking ground for Impi Linux’s products in the market and the generation of leads, which will then be handed down to the company’s partners. “The idea is that we do all of the hard work in arousing clients via our substantial network of connections and then pour the leads generated into the channel. Impi Linux takes care of the high-level technical requirements, strategy and marketing; its partners take care of the rest, with the company’s assistance.”</p> <p>Mark Shuttleworth bought into Impi Linux last year, commencing the company’s relationship with Ubuntu.</p> <p>As per the company’s agreement with Canonical, Impi Linux's products are now based on the dynamic Ubuntu platform. Whereas Ubuntu is aimed at a broad spectrum of Linux users, Impi's products are customised for specific customers, such as government departments, corporate enterprises and educational institutions. “Our products are focused on their intended environments,” explains Fortuin. “Impi Linux engages with customers alongside its partners. They take care of large scale deployments and support, whereas Impi takes care of escalated support, bug fixes and customisation requirements.”</p> <p>In providing focused Linux products and services for the South African market, the Impi Linux partnership programme enables partners to provide their clients with the highest level of support and service via a relationship that places the partner in the most advantageous position for delivery.</p> Impi Wed, 10 May 2006 14:42:05 +0200 Impi Linux, Arivia.kom launch internship programme http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/27 <p>Impi Linux and Arivia.kom have joined forces to launch a Linux internship programme. The two companies have made a commitment to train an initial 30 learners in the skills required to admin Linux systems. Candidates will conclude their training with a Linux Professional Institute(LPI) certification. </p> <p> The programme is registered as an ISETT SETA(Sector Education Training Authority) internship programme.</p> <p> "This programme will contribute to helping Government achieve its goals in the Linux and open source realm," says Sipho Yeni, managing executive of Arivia.kom's Focused Business Solutions division. "Until now, it has been a challenge to find the correct skills to roll out Linux and open source technologies at national, provincial and municipal level." </p> <p> "The benefits of Linux and open source are also clearly evident to the majority of business minds in the local market," says Gary Fortuin, managing director of Impi Linux. "That said, however, it's clear that what's holding adoption back to a great degree is the lack of high-end, affordable skills in the market. With this internship programme, we aim to initially create 30 valuable resources for the local market to begin bridging that gap.</p> <p> "In the long term, we see this internship programme gaining more support from industry and resulting in a further reaching transformational effect on the South African IT market," says Fortuin.</p> <p> A third of the candidates for the internship programme already have some form of tertiary qualification in IT or computer science. "This means that roughly one third of the learners concluding the programme will be cross-skilled in numerous areas of the IT market," says Fortuin. "As those in the know within the IT market will testify to, these kinds of skills are most sought after.</p> <p> "The other two-thirds of the selected candidates," he says, "have no formal tertiary education. This is where the highest transformational effect will take place, since we will be in a position to empower young<br /> South Africans that have previously struggled to find employment with rare knowledge in the Linux and open source markets and vastly increase their chances of career success."</p> <p> "One of the most valuable aspects of this programme is the fact that these skills will be created across the South African landscape," says Yeni.</p> <p> "Since Arivia.kom has a national footprint, when it comes to experiential training, on the job knowledge creation and mentorship, the thirty candidates will be spread out across that national footprint. It means that unlike many internships undertaken in the local market, we will be creating a national skills base that can be tapped into at any business centre throughout the country," he explains.</p> <p> Arivia.kom and ImpiLinux have concluded their recruitment process and have begun the training portion of the programme. On completion, the candidates will enter the workplace and begin using the knowledge they have gained in a first hand manner, in the field.</p> <p> Ian Madonsela, Arivia.kom's business solution manager says that once the candidates have qualified they will be assigned to project teams headed by experienced project managers. "This will ensure that they will gain the requisite business and client interface insights that are so important to the success of any project."</p> Impi Thu, 09 Mar 2006 22:31:46 +0200 Sita tender winners named http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/26 <p>The winners of the State IT Agency's (Sita) open source tender have been decided.<br /> Business Connexion, Gijima, Choice Technologies, IBM, ImpiLinux, Novell, Obsidian Systems and Sourcecom have been selected to be the suppliers of open source software and support services to the government and Sita over the next three years.</p> <p>Project manager for open source at Sita, Wynand Swart, told Tectonic today that he has a signed formal letter from the Supplier Selection Authority awarding the tender to the eight companies.</p> <p>Government departments can now "exercise an option to procure from any one of these [companies]", says Swart, adding that he did not know when companies would see the first contracts as a result of the tender.</p> <p>The news comes after months of anticipation and speculation. Last week, the Supplier Selection Authority (SSA) - the highest authority in the tender selection process - decided to award the tender, after an evaluation process that stretched over five months.</p> <p>Swart says six members in a technical team had to work through thousands of pages of documents submitted by the tenderers, before submitting their reports to the Supplier Selection Board, who finally submitted their recommendation to the SSA. "The technical evaluation was quite a strenuous exercise," he says.</p> <p>Swart says three distributions were selected: Suse, RedHat and Impi/Ubuntu.</p> <p>He says he believed the winners had been notified, although he notes that the procurement arm might still be in the process of delivering the letters of award. When contacted for comment, some companies who have been listed as winners said they had not received notification themselves and declined to comment.</p> <p>Submissions for the tender closed in October last year, with at least 12 technology companies vying to be placed on the preferred suppliers list. The tender gives the government the option "of deploying OSS solutions where and when required" during a "phased migration process" according to the tender document</p> <p><a href="http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=884">Original article on Tectonic</a></p> Impi Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:26:34 +0200 Shuttleworth invests in ImpiLinux http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/14 <p>New Linux distro to combine the best of Ubuntu's stability and Impi's local innovation.</p> <p>*Cape Town - 28.09.2005 - *Mark Shuttleworth, together with ImpiLinux and various other investors have announced the successful conclusion of an agreement to combine forces in the South African and SADEC Linux market. The next version of Impi will be based on Ubuntu, and Shuttleworth will make a substantial investment in the new company.</p> <p>The result will be a distribution of Linux, still called “ImpiLinux”, that draws on the robust and innovative underlying technologies prevalent in Ubuntu and the localised features and functionality prevalent in ImpiLinux. Impi will be a truly South African variant of the popular Ubuntu platform, which has in the past year become one of<br /> the world's most popular desktop Linux operating systems. Ubuntu itself will continue to remain freely available on the global market, while Impi will offer additional commercial functionality not available in Ubuntu, as well as strong localisation for the South African marketplace. Impi will initially be available in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans, with the potential for translation into additional South African languages on the basis of customer demand.</p> <p>Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and the Ubuntu Linux project comments: “The Impi team are justifiably proud of their pioneering reputation in the South African Linux market. This additional financial backing, additional development resources through a combined development approach with Ubuntu, and a relationship with the global company Canonical, puts Impi in a very strong position to offer a world class product for the South African desktop Linux market” he says.</p> <p>Gary Fortuin, current ImpiLinux shareholder, will take-up the role of company MD in the new entity, which will be named `ImpiLinux (Pty) Ltd'. Gary brings years of experience in the local IT industry, having worked with both Microsoft and the Impi Linux project. </p> <p>The majority shareholding in the new venture will be held by<br /> Shuttleworth's HBD Business Holdings, with an additional shareholding from Khuselo Investments (Pty)Ltd. Khuselo Investments will be jointly represented by Eddie Funde, current chairman of the SABC and Pumla Radebe, Johannesburg City Parks Chairperson. In addition, 20% of the shares in the new entity have been earmarked for BEE, in the form of a trust that will disburse shares to previously disadvantaged employees over time.</p> <p>Fortuin says one of the biggest differentiators will be the Impi development team's local perspective and closeness to its customer base. “Because we are a South African organisation, communication between customers and ourselves takes place far faster than with any internationally staffed support offering and should a face to face meeting be required, this can be facilitated at far less cost and<br /> hassle,” comments Fortuin. </p> <p>“Also, as a local company we can make a strong commitment to Black Economic Empowerment. In terms of the localised features the new distribution will boast, Fortuin says the development team will start by working closely with South Africa's major broadband providers to build native support for their access devices and solutions into the operating system. “We will also be enhancing the local language support prevalent in Impi to ensure that Impi provides ICT access to South Africans in their home language, helping to preserve and strengthen South African<br /> cultural heritage while providing the country with a technology platform for the 21^st century” Fortuin says.</p> <p>“Other features will take the form of customising the environment to best suit the local user, through making the look and feel more visually appealing and more South African in flavour,” he says. “In addition, we will ensure that Impi can support global standard formats such as Adobe<br /> PDF, DVD discs, and MP3 music files. Impi could potentially even run Windows applications, with commercial xtensions that provide for greater desktop compatibility between Windows and Linux.”</p> <p>“Going forward, Impi will tailor its solution to the needs of the South African market, thereby taking the fantastic innovation made possible by Ubuntu into the enterprise space. We maintain committed to keeping local funds local, channelling all revenue into improving the ImpiLinux solution, increasing its sustainability and driving adoption of Linux and OSS in the local market. While these are bold commitments and aspirations, we believe they are more than possible,” adds Fortuin.</p> <p>“This venture adds previously unseen depth to the local ICT market. The new team has the skills and the technology to create a Linux distribution that meets all the critical needs of corporates and government departments.” Shuttleworth concludes.</p> Impi Wed, 21 Dec 2005 16:17:00 +0200 Obsidian adds ImpiLinux support to lineup http://www.impilinux.co.za/node/28 <p>Already an official Ubuntu support partner, Obsidian Systems will now also offer ImpiLinux support following the recent investment by Mark Shuttleworth into the ImpiLinux company.</p> <p> The deal last week saw the ImpiLinux team announcing that future versions of the distribution will be based on Ubuntu.</p> <p> Muggie van Staden, MD Obsidian Systems, says: "It's fantastic that there will be a local development team using the Ubuntu platform as a basis for a truly South African Linux distribution. Obsidian Systems is looking forward to working with the creators of ImpiLinux in support of this exciting new product."</p> <p> Gary Fortuin, ImpiLinux MD, says the company is "very pleased that Obsidian Systems will be part and parcel of our general business initiatives, including corporate and government tenders.</p> <p> "We believe that Obsidian has the best skills for open source and Linux training and support in the country, and with all the success that the company has enjoyed, it must be doing something right," he says.</p> <p> Fortuin adds: "Obsidian Systems will be an extension of the skills held by ImpiLinux and will also be able to offer level three support for us when we do not have the capacity in terms of feet on the ground."</p> <p> Fortuin also says the company is looking at the possibility of an ImpiLinux certification course that would likely be offered by Obsidian Systems.</p> <p> "We will be providing the official Ubuntu certification very soon," says Van Staden. "And I'm sure that this will be a good basis for an ImpiLinux training programme as well."</p> <p> "A training course is definitely on the cards," says Fortuin. "An official ImpiLinux certification program would be fantastic."</p> Impi Wed, 05 Oct 2005 22:39:52 +0200