African ministers punt free, open source

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| The growing movement towards FOSS implementation within governments was noted
| at the meeting, as well as the fact that "a number of governments" had made
| decisions on the full use of FOSS to deliver services.
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http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?src=rss&id=1843


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SA Government's OSS plans revealed

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| Migration of current systems is also planned. This will be done in a phased
| approach, beginning with applications such as replacing MS Office with Open
| Office or KOffice and replacing Internet Explorer with Firefox. This will in
| time lead up to the operating system, replacing Windows with a Linux
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| distribution. Migration to Apache for the running of government websites has
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^
| already occurred within a number of departments.
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http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?src=rss&id=1684


South Africa adopts ODF as govt standard

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| The South African government yesterday announced the adoption of OpenDocument
| Format (ODF) as a standard for government communications.
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http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=$id&src=digg


Africa: 'Microsoft is Imperialistic' Says Open Source Advocates

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| Microsoft Corporation's products have been locked out of the
| on-going World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi Kenya.
|
| With over 300 computers provided for participants and the press,
| organizers of the WSF have preferred to provide open source
| software products and blocked all Microsoft related products for
| the forum's usage and its related activities.
|
| [...]
|
| Activists at the forum also believe that since Microsoft is a
| corporate brand from the United States of America, a country
| they believe has intentions of maintaining the status quo of
| a unipolar world over which it is above international law and
| the UN, the brand should be locked out.
|
| [...]
|
| "The open source movement is providing Linux, a robust free
| software. Everybody owns it and it can be shared. And this
| is what WSF is all about - a free society, a movement
| fighting for ownership of free resources" he adds.
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http://allafrica.com/stories/200701230831.html