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South African government publishes statement promoting Open Source

By jean in News
Tue Feb 05, 2002 at 06:21:30 PM EST
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The South African National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) has produced, this January 2002, a discussion document called Open Standards and Open Software in South Africa: A Critical Issue for Addressing the Digital Divide. (Ironically also available as a Word .doc, and served via ColdFusion, heheh.) They're inviting comments at vmuskett@fest.org.za, or use the form.


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The NACI statement is quite clear and takes cognizance of the central issues. I am very glad that South Africa is joining countries such as Germany (translation) and France (translation) on this.

Open Source is not only essential for realistic security and privacy of government services and information, it is also essential for smaller software houses such as ourselves to remain in operation. Within a monopolistic software industry, we would have no chance to compete and innovate. But I guess I'm preaching to the choir at kuro5hin, heh ;)

I hope they know about grass-roots South African efforts to improve digital accessibility using Open Source, such as http://translate.org.za/ ..

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South African government publishes statement promoting Open Source | 8 comments (4 topical, 4 editorial, 0 hidden)
Did you point the incongruence out to them? (4.00 / 1) (#3)
by Tezcatlipoca on Tue Feb 05, 2002 at 04:54:44 AM EST

It is all good to joke about OpenSource inciatives published in .doc format, the important thing would be to point out this to them and to inform them about the alternatives (most probably plain text is enough).


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Someone else already has .. (none / 0) (#4)
by jean on Tue Feb 05, 2002 at 08:26:13 AM EST

At least one of the postings on their discussion board already makes the point .. I'm sure that in their case it's more a matter of resources than of ignorance. Hopefully they'll put their policy into practice when they can.

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What's wrong with .doc? (none / 0) (#6)
by miller on Tue Feb 05, 2002 at 01:59:16 PM EST

They do also supply it in html. Word format at least allows it to be sent to people who are more likely to read an email that read a web page - the sort of people that are likely to be using Windows anyway. It's not like it's only in Word format.

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Maybe I'm paranoid South African... (none / 0) (#8)
by Zathrus on Wed Feb 20, 2002 at 01:56:17 PM EST

... but ever since this posting, here and on Slashdot I've noticed a major increase in Microsoft adverts down here. Every bloody five minutes on every channel. I don't hate Microsoft, (not too much anyway), but those damn adverts are starting to make me want to spew.


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