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South Africans Don't Understand OSS--Microsoft

May 22, 2008, 17:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

"Despite having an open source strategy the South African government doesn't really understand how to benefit from OSS. This is according to Microsoft director of corporate standards, Jason Matusow. Matusow, who was in South Africa on an 'external outreach' trip around the time SA adopted ODF as a national standard, writes on his blog that not only does government not understand how to benefit from open source software, but South Africans were unlikely to ever do any 'deep' development work on Linux.

"'South Africa has taken a most unfortunate position of late--the government has sought to put a political mandate in place for the adoption of open source software,' Matusow writes..."

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