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[News] South Africa's Government to Adopt GNU/Linux and Free Software Systematically

  • Subject: [News] South Africa's Government to Adopt GNU/Linux and Free Software Systematically
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 21:58:20 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Government CIOs keen on open source software 

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| “The move to open source software has not been as fast as we would have 
| liked, but we are now entering a new era. In the past, open source 
| deployments were mostly spontaneous and ad-hoc. We now have a more systematic 
| approach.” In years past many government departments pursued their own open 
| source migrations, usually in isolation from one another, and with varying 
| degrees of success.     
| [...]
| Now, says Webb, the State IT Agency (Sita) is assuming the role of paving the 
| way for OSS migration by finalising standards and conducting pilot projects 
| to make it easier for all to implement open source software successfully. ... 
| Webb also says that Sita expects all government department websites to be 
| running on open source software “very soon”.    


Sun lands Sparc-Xeon super on Cape Town

,----[ Quote ]
| The Sparc64 iron runs Solaris, of course, but it is not clear what is being 
| put on the blade servers. Sun says that it is including the Sun HPC Linux 
| Edition software stack, so this suggests Linux on the blades, and one would 
| hope that Ubuntu is the Linux of choice in South Africa.   



Ubuntu in South African Schools

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| Over the last month, I've heard that the government's licensing agreement
| with Microsoft is now about to expire and has not been renewed yet.
| Apparently, the Department of Education is now pushing schools into switching
| to Linux as otherwise they will need to budget for a couple of extra million
| just for software licensing fees.
| It's surprising to me though that they are only pushing for this now. They
| should have started the transition quite some time ago. Linux has matured a
| lot as a desktop operating system (with no small thanks to Ubuntu) and it's
| much better to get your learners familiar with Linux and decrease your
| dependency on any particular software vendor regardless of your current
| agreements.
| [...]
| So of course, now the question is, how many will start to adopt Linux?
| Obviously, as you can expect, there will be a lot of fighting and kicking by
| lots of the schools. The teachers know what they know and obviously feel much
| more comfortable sticking with what they have. However, money talks, and now
| the pressure is (apparently) on.

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