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[News] Report on South Africa's Grdual Migration to Linux

  • Subject: [News] Report on South Africa's Grdual Migration to Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 00:58:47 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Open Tuesday hears government OSS plans

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| Open Tuesday last night had Arno Webb, the programme manager for SITA's open 
| source migration of government departments, talking about both the progress 
| so far and the plans ahead for the mammoth task of migrating all government 
| departments to open source.   


Also in South Africa:

Asterisk speeds up call centre response

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| "This project is a great example of open-source fulfilling its promise of 
| providing an enterprise solution with better flexibility than proprietary 
| solutions can offer.”  


South Africa takes the Free software route to a Linux migration. It's too late
for Microsoft to change this (unless a retired Bill Gates starts dropping
funds/'charity' on South African politicians).


SA Government's OSS plans revealed

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| Migration of current systems is also planned. This will be done in a phased 
| approach, beginning with applications such as replacing MS Office with Open 
| Office or KOffice and replacing Internet Explorer with Firefox. This will in 
| time lead up to the operating system, replacing Windows with a Linux 
|                                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| distribution. Migration to Apache for the running of government websites has 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^
| already occurred within a number of departments.     


SA Government punts Firefox

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| The South African Department of Communications (DoC) is actively 
| punting the popular Firefox web browser. The SA Government has 
| already embraced open source software, but it seems to be pushing 
| the anti-Microsoft envelope even further.


Education dept eyes stronger free software policy

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| South Africa's education department may re-look at its policies
| regarding free and open source software and pursue a stronger open
| source strategy in light of the government's free software strategy
| adopted in February this year.


Minister champions open source endeavour

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| Nenna Nwakanma, the chairman of the FOSSFA council executive committee, 
| explained that the foundation has a basic strategy plan running up until 
| 2009. The plan encompasses 12 themes, four of which were to be focused on 
| over the next six months.   


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