Computer Aid Namibia to set up FOSS institute

By   |  June 1, 2010

Computer Aid Namibia has unveiled plans to establish a free and open source software institute in Omaruru. The new institute will be known as the Namibia Open Source Software Institute (NOSSI) and will promote the use of free and open source software in the country.

Computer Aid Namibia (CAN) is part of Computer Aid International’s Southern Africa division which also includes Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.

Computer Aid International (CAI) provides refurbished PCs to organisations based in developing nations to assist in developing ICT programmes.

Computer Aid Namibia recently confirmed that it would be receiving a consignment of refurbished PCs from CAI, which has prompted the move to establish NOSSI.

CAN executive director Denny Goagoseb said: “We are very happy to receive this confirmation of the order for 45 personal computers and 15 laptops. It is an important step in realising our objective of establishing the Namibia Open Source Software Institute.”

The computers are expected to arrive in the country within a month.

NOSSI will focus on developing and customising applications for the local market and offer training, certification and access to FOSS.

Software institute for Omaruru (New Era)

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