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[News] African Universities Go With Software Freedom

  • Subject: [News] African Universities Go With Software Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:38:09 +0100
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Open-source software intakes African universities

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| Academic research software is still unavailable 
| in many African universities. Now, universities 
| in Senegal, Mozambique, Cameroon, Madagascar and 
| Equatorial Guinea work with partners in 
| Catalonia to fill this gap.
| A large number of African universities, plagued 
| by small and sporadic budgets, have only basic 
| IT networks that focus on applications such as 
| email or financial management. However, 
| information relating to academic research is 
| mostly still processed inefficiently and by 
| hand.



South African Government using Drupal

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| The South African Government is using Drupal
| for their official 2010 FIFA World Cup website
| at http://www.sa2010.gov.za. With the start of
| the 2010 World Cup just hours away, this is a
| timely discovery and a nice win for Drupal.
| The site was built by eConsultant.


Open source could be Africa's technological solution

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| That major computing companies are unlikely
| to want to invest heavily in Africa is not
| lost on the continent's brain trust.
| Sure, there could be some investment in major
| cities, but for the most part, the
| continent's on its own. The Free Software and
| Open Source Foundation for Africa is fine
| with that. OK, perhaps "fine" would be
| overstating it, but FOSSFA knows that's the
| reality and so is bringing together the most
| skilled computing minds together to develop
| and distribute applications throughout Africa
| in local languages.


Tectonic relaunches

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| Tectonic, one of the only websites in Africa
| specialising in open source news, has been
| relaunched.
| The site, which closed down in July last
| year, began publishing again on June 1.
| Tectonic editor and founder, Alastair Otter,
| closed the site last year saying that other
| projects and pressures had made it difficult
| to keep it running. "At the time I was
| involved in a number of other projects and
| the added pressure of maintaining the site,
| which wasn't my primary job, became too
| much."


SA corporates embracing open source, SaaS


Software Institute for Omaruru

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| CAN, a Usakos-based organisation, says its
| objective of establishing what would be
| called the Namibia Open Source Software
| Institute (NOSSI) in Omaruru, Erongo Region,
| during the course of this year, is to promote
| the use of free and open source software,
| which it strongly feels would benefit the
| country.


Can open source liberate Africa?

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| Because open source gives you equal rights
| with other software developers, it can be
| used effectively to localize software in
| small language groups, such as those found
| across Africa. And the applications can be
| deployed using technology that is already in
| place, so the results are truly independent.


Computer Aid Namibia to set up FOSS institute

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| 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.


SAâs newest open source geek mag launches

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| South African (and global) geeks now have a
| new magazine to keep themselves entertained
| with. The first issue of The SA Geek magazine
| was launched today.


Open source marks a new era for African independence

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| This year marks the 50th anniversary of 17
| African states gaining independence.
| Now, a wave of homegrown programmers,
| developers and software makers claim to be
| heralding a new era of African
| independence.
| Earlier this month, the Idlelo conference,
| organised by the Free Software and Open
| Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA),
| brought together the continent's cleverest
| coding minds at Accra, in Ghana, to discuss
| new software opportunities in Africa.
| Unlike the bigger, foreign developers - who
| have mainly targeted the urban markets -
| the coders at this event looked at how to
| reach the rural, relatively poorer
| communities of Africa.

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