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NewsForge: FOSS in Islamic Countries

Jun 27, 2006, 17:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katim S. Touray)

"The promise of free and open source software (FOSS) in Islamic countries rests on issues such as helping build capacity. FOSS also provides greater flexibility, especially in terms of customization for local needs. In addition, FOSS can reduce the cost of deploying information and communications technologies (ICT) by permitting unlimited and free distribution of software, thus making it more affordable than comparable proprietary products. FOSS's security benefits take on added importance in the wake of recent reports that computers with Windows XP have been sending information, daily and without the knowledge of their owners, to Microsoft. Finally, FOSS will free Islamic countries from boycotts ad sanctions imposed by other countries and owners of proprietary software.

"Islamic countries represent fertile ground for the growth of ICT in general and FOSS in particular..."

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