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NewsForge: Constraints Against the Adoption and Use of FOSS in Developing Countries

Mar 26, 2004, 02:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katim S. Touray)

"Many people have called for the increased adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in developing countries in general, and in Africa in particular. The reasons center around issues of affordability, ownership, and openness. Although the use of FOSS in developing countries is increasing, a number of constraints still stifle the growth of FOSS use in these countries. The constraints are many and varied, but can be grouped into five, namely: the nature of FOSS itself, an adverse policy environment, lack of marketing, inadequate technical support, and lack of trained personnel.

"The use of FOSS has, in the past decade or so, seen an explosive growth around the world, thanks to factors such as the increasing popularity of the GNU/Linux operating system, the growth of the Internet, and the availability of FOSS alternatives to proprietary applications..."

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