If you take the time to read the South African government’s free and open source software policy (PDF) you’ll find on page three the following commitment: The South African Government will encourage the use of Open Content and Open Standards within South Africa. So, if that is the case, then how come the Companies and […]
A year after it was first announced, the South African department of education yesterday kicked off its teacher laptop initiative. The initiative aims to subsidise teachers so that they can purchase a laptop from one of the department’s approved suppliers. It’s a welcome addition to the education arena except for one detail. Despite a national […]
The SA State IT Agency’s Free and Open Source Programme Office (FPO) is to host a workshop this coming Friday in which free and open source software (FOSS) vendors will have a chance to demonstrate their products to government officials. The day-long workshop will include representatives from companies that were selected, in a 2005 tender process, as government-approved open source vendors.
The South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), a Pan-African not-for-profit foundation, have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of free open source software (FOSS) in South Africa.
Aslam Raffee, chief information officer of the department of science and technology and chairperson of the South African government’s open source working group, is leaving government to take up a position at Sun Microsystems.
The South African government’s State IT Agency (Sita) Free and Open Source Programme has released its second public newsletter outlining the progress of open source software in government. Among the range of issues covered are details of the progress made in migration the SA Revenue Service over to open source software (we recently covered that) and steps forward in the education arena.
Free and open source software continues to gain traction in the South African government with more than 90 percent of CIOs and IT managers in favour of using OSS in their departments. And Arno Webb, head of the State IT Agency’s (Sita) open source programme, says that while open source migrations have been slower and not as widespread as originally hoped, government is now firmly on a path to wider open source use. We speak to Webb to gauge government’s open source progress.
The UK government says that it will increase the use of open source software in the public service. Minister for digital engagement, Tom Watson, said today that open source software should be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows. He said that open standards were more flexible and could offer better value for money. In a report titled Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan, the UK government pledged that, where possible, its departments would avoid becoming “locked in” to proprietary software, and that it would take into account exit, re-bid and rebuild costs.