NGOs focus on open source software

By   |  September 26, 2003

The Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network (Sangonet) will turn its focus on open source software early next week when the organisation hosts its latest Thetha conference. The topic for the Thetha, or discusion forum, to be held on September 30 in Johannesburg will be \”Free and Open Source Software: Benefits & Challenges to Civil Society\”.

Sangonet organisers say speakers invited to address the forum will introduce the concept of free and open source software to delegates as well as look at the current positions adopted by business and government to the growing open source software movement.

Eric Muragana of Sangonet says a primary objective of the forum is to evaluate the relevance of open source software to civil society, business and government. He says there will also be a an OSS demonstration during the conference to introduce users unfamiliar with OSS to some of the more popular operating systems and applications available.

The Thetha will be held at the Parktonian Hotel, 120 De Korte Street, Braamfontein from 9am to 1pm. For more information email thetha@sangonet.org.za or phone 011-838-6943. Participation in the forum is free.

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