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[News] FSFE and African Press on the Importance of Freedom Software

  • Subject: [News] FSFE and African Press on the Importance of Freedom Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:58:14 +0000
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Why Free Software matters for Society (draft) 

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| Free Software is defined by four freedoms, 
| and intends to create ethical relationships 
| in the digital age of society, based on 
| trust, responsibility and freedom.
| In a world where we rely increasingly upon 
| Information Technologies such as software 
| and networks, it is important to realize 
| software is more than code. The effects of 
| programs go beyond the limited scope of 
| developers, and contribute to shape our 
| future.
| The Free Software movement aims at making 
| this future possible for everyone by 
| ensuring fundamental principles of freedom 
| for all, equally.


Challenges for open source software in Nigeria

,----[ Quote ]
| Collaboration has not started working 
| properly in our software development 
| society. The main idea behind OSS is to 
| create a platform where ideas and knowledge 
| are shared productively, hence creating a 
| broader base for development and 
| innovations. It is still rooted in our 
| attitude to maintain total ownership and 
| control over whatever is ours. Sharing our 
| original ideas such that others can 
| contribute to it and thus be a part of its 
| improved version is a thinking that is 
| naturally alien to us.
| We need a system that would facilitate open 
| sharing of ideas and collaboration where 
| innovations are supported, nurtured and 
| protected. The only way we can come about 
| this is if we believed that we should be 
| proud of advances made in our local 
| software terrain, whether little or 
| massive. We need a true beginning.


California CIO: Open source officially welcome here

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| The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the 
| state of California has issued an IT policy 
| letter to formally affirm that open source 
| software is acceptable for use by 
| government agencies in California.



California goes Open Source?

,----[ Quote ]
| Yes, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
| has passed a budget plan which proposes
| inclusion of Open Source software in areas
| like health care, prison and many other to
| bring down costs by considerable amounts. A
| policy letter issued last week by CIO Teri
| Takai says ,
|     the use of Open Source Software (OSS) in
|     California state government [has now been
|     formally established] as an acceptable
|     practice.
| California reportedly faces a budget deficit
| of $20 billion, which Open Source software can
| hardly address but we can hope for something
| good to come out of this.

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