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...'"