[Linux-aus] 170 governments plus 20/50 US states have pro-FOSS legislation?
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Fri Nov 7 14:24:01 UTC 2003
Oh, and by the way South Africa is now officially one of them...
IN LINE with global trends, the South African government has
decided to implement open source software where possible
instead of proprietary products, provided they meet the
This gives the buyer the freedom to change the functionality of
the software, and he can even release it as a new open-source
product, says Stephen Owens, director of iLab EOS, which
provides open source solutions.
He says about 170 governments now have open source policies,
including 20 of the US states out of 50, and are now using the
Linux operating system and open source applications.
The South African government and the Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research recently launched Project Meraka (a
Sotho word for shared grazing), a resource centre where
government departments, companies and individuals will be
able to obtain neutral open source information, such as
where to find products and support.
It is government's vision for SA to become a real player in
the global IT software market, in terms of developing open
source software applications for the rest of the world
instead of just being a consumer, says Owens.
South Africans have some great words. Now I can describe pigging out on
a buffet as "oh, that's just meraka" :-)
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