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Tectonic: 'Mad Dog' Hall Spreads Linux Word in South Africa

Feb 21, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

"'Linux puts the business choices back into your hands,' Jon "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International said during the opening session of the HP Linux Roadshow in Midrand yesterday morning. Hall, a vocal advocate of open source software, and Linux in particular, said open source software gives users the ability to make requests for changes or even make the changes themselves.

"'How much does it cost your business when your software does not do what you want it to do? Not to mention when it does not work at all.' He said too often businesses had to adjust their internal processes and behaviours to fit in with the requirements of the software rather than the software fitting in with their individual needs. And with each new upgrade shipped by the proprietary vendor, businesses are often forced to re-educate their staff and often their customer base as well.

"In contrast, said Hall, much open source software is better able to meet the specific needs of each business. And as the business expands and evolves the changes can be made as and when required. He also said business is ale to 'leverage' off the open source community to get get new features included and bugs fixed..."

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