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Business Day: FOSSFA Aims to Spur Open Source in Africa

Mar 22, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Yarney)

[ Thanks to Duncan Kinder for this link. ]

"The formal launch of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) should help to consolidate the efforts of programmers across the continent to deliver home-grown solutions to ICT users, according to advocates of open source software.

"'By establishing the foundation, we have, in essence, created a platform, or you may call it a `distribution system,' which will be the hub of all action,' says Bildad Kagai, co-ordinator of the foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

"'Resources will be shared through the foundation, programmers from all over Africa will meet through the foundation and exchange ideas and develop solutions for Africa from within rather than from without,' Kagai adds..."

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