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SA government to switch to open source

By   |  February 22, 2007

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.

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.

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.”

“All the major IT vendors in the country have both supported the initiative and made contributions to the development of FOSS. Government departments will incorporate FOSS in their planning henceforth.”

Government plans to set up a FOSS project office by April this year. The office will be established by the department of ccience and technology, the CSIR and the State Information Technology Agency (Sita).

Reuters writes that Themba Maseko told reporters the cabinet would use the open source Linux operating system in a bid to lower administration costs and enhance local IT skills.

“This is going to be a long process… What this (open source) initiative is basically trying to streamline (is) our use and development of software in the country,” Maseko said.

Maseko said it was too early to provide timeframes for implementing Linux.

South Africa joins governments in other emerging markets like Brazil, China, Spain, India and Malaysia in adopting open source software, with proponents of Linux arguing that the free software could help slash the cost of getting computers into schools, homes and community centres.

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10 Responses to “SA government to switch to open source”

  1. Esther
    February 23rd, 2007 @ 12:00 am

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  6. Louis Maluleke
    October 10th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    This sounds so good, but this needs to be done in a short of time so as to avoid wasting money unnecessary on computers and software problems. Linux is the best operating system, and i have been using it for a year!

    Let the SA adopt it!!! Both Open source and Free softwre!!! what else can u say????

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