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SA govt joins Software Freedom Day

By   |  September 14, 2008

One of the key proponents of open source software within the South African government, the department of science and technology is joining in this year’s Software Freedom Day celebrations with a dedicated programme on OSS during its Insite show this week.

The Open Source for Business (OSfB) programme will run as part of the International Science Innovation and Technology (Insite) expo in Sandton.

Karl Fischer, open source project manager at the DST, says that OSfB will introduce visitors to free and open source software. Experts in collaboration, knowledge management, infrastructure and security will give visitors insight into how FOSS can support their business, and top training companies will provide information on training and skills development.

The minister of science and technology, Dr Mosibudi Mangena, says that open source projects are a good example of the need to work together to innovate.

The South African cabinet has already adopted an open source strategy and has adopted ODF as a national standard.

Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general of the department of science and technology, has previously said that government is promoting FOSS not only because it wants high quality software and the latest technology, but because FOSS is an excellent platform for scientific computing.

Exhibitors during the OSfB programme will include Red Hat, Obsidian Systems, Translate.org.za, Jumping Bean, TurboCash and Linux Holdings.

The One Laptop per Child project will also have a number of the XO PCs on show on the Wednesday of the show.

The expo runs from 15-17 September at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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