Bytes for All
October 2004

Bytes for All

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Bytes For All Readers list ( is a platform for information to critically examine the issues on how ICT fighting against poverty, illiteracy and social injustice in South Asia? It is an extension of an information portal – Bytes for All ( that was launched in 1999. From this issue, we are beginning a new series which summarises the major discussions on projects, news and events on 'Bytes for all' discussion list. Following is the summary of the discussions of the August month.

Breakthrough technology
Raj Reddy, a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, plans to unveil a new project. The PCtvt is a $250 wirelessly networked personal computer intended for the four billion people around the world who live on less than $2,000 a year. His low-cost computer doubles as a TV and a DVD player. Mr. Reddy believes that he will be able to use it as a vehicle to take computing and communications to populations that until now have been excluded from the digital world. The project will work in partnership with University of California researchers who are attempting to develop high-speed wireless digital networks for rural communities.

Voice and data

I PBX software for GNU/Linux []
Primarily developed on GNU/Linux for x/86, Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Mac OS X Jaguar, and provides all of the features one would expect from a PBX. Asterisk needs no additional hardware for Voice over IP. It supports a wide range of TDM protocols and US and European standard signaling types used in standard business phone systems. Mark can be contacted at where he moderates an Asterik community. [Posted by: Bala Pillai]


I Compiere is free [ whyfree.html]
The open source ERP and CRM software is freely available from Compiere partners and its users and developers rank Compiere among the top 10 active projects in SourceForge (since March 2002). An Oracle license is currently required to run compiere, but it can be provided as part of a support contract as per wish. [Posted by Bala Pillai]

II Weka 3: Data Mining Software in Java []
Weka is a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks. The algorithms can either be applied directly to a dataset or called from your own Java code. Available for free from Sun, Weka contains tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualisation.

III Open Source Protege []

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