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Tectonic: Fossfa Warns Govts Against Microsoft

Feb 19, 2004, 18:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

"Free Software and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (Fossfa) co-ordinator Bildad Kagai today issued a stongly-worded warning to African governments that are--or are planning to--enter into 'deals' with the Microsoft Corporation saying they were jeopordising their local software industry as well as limiting the potential of ICT development in their countries.

"Kagai, a founder of Fossfa, and an outspoken critic of proprietary software, said 'Fossfa estimates Africa's ICTs industry to be worth more than $25 billion and growing. It will be unfair to Africa if our leaders were to give away this industry to already rich corporations when local talent exists to service this industry in this continent...'"

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