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Re: Africa Becoming Vast Frontier for Free and Open Software
Posted by: Lisa Stapleton 2004-11-16 07:52:42
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Desperately seeking their future, African countries that virtually no Western commercial software vendors have cared about in the past are turning to free and open software. They are doing so at a pace just quick enough to alarm some commercial software vendors, who fear the prospect of an entire continent dominated by free software in the future. In Africa, where the average cash yearly income often amounts to just hundreds or perhaps a few thousand dollars per capita, the virtually unattainable cost of new hardware works against established commercial software vendors such as Microsoft.


Re: Africa Becoming Vast Frontier for Free and Open Software
Posted by: ahz 2004-11-16 15:17:23 In reply to: Lisa Stapleton
Today Microsoft announces plans to expand support for Swahili:
http://techsoup.org/news/news_article.cfm?newsid=1677
http://iht.com/articles/2004/11/12/news/swahili.html
OpenOffice.org on Swahili:
http://www.openoffice.org/editorial/interview_alberto_escudero.html
http://www.kilinux.org/
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