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SA's open source acceleration

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| Beveridge says while many people think only of the Linux operating system
| when they talk about open source software, its scope is much deeper than
| that. The ambit of open source extends from the open document format ODF -
| that describes exactly how information is stored and formatted - to
| applications such as OpenOffice (a competitor of Microsoft Office) to the
| desktop and server versions of the Linux operating system, to name but a few.
| Another misconception surrounding the technology is that it's free. And while
| most of it doesn't have licence fees attached to it, users pay for the
| application's service and support. That's why it's gaining popularity with
| developing countries, because it encourages the development of indigenous
| technology companies.



Embrace the Reality and Logic of Choice

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| Another neo-colonialist press release from Microsoft's CompTIA lobbying arm,
| this time inveighing against South Africa's adoption of ODF as a national
| standard. One way to point out the absurdity of their logic is to replace the
| reference to ODF with references to any other useful standard that a
| government might adopt, like electrical standards. * *


$1 buys a lot of StarOffice

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| As government begins its move to the Open Document Format (ODF) standard, Sun
| Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz has offered President Thabo Mbeki as many
| copies of StarOffice his office requires for a total cost of just $1.00. *
| [...]
| Beveridge explains that the biggest implemetation project currently underway
| within the South African government is the move to ODF.


Government, NGOs 'turning to Linux'

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| "It's extremely easy - basically anyone can install Linux now."
| Organisations such as the Shuttleworth Foundation, which help provide
| computers to underprivileged schools, use Linux instead of Windows to cut
| costs. *


South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard

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| The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open
| Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard. The
| adoption of ODF by South Africa opens the way for the businesses and
| government to adopt ODF more widely in their processes. *



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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