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ITWeb: [South African] Govt Advisory Body Recommends Open Source

Sep 09, 2002, 22:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

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"Government is beefing up its investigations into open source software (OSS) with the release of a policy framework document by a high-level government advisory body.

"The framework, released for public comment by the open source workgroup of the Government Information Officers' Council (GITO), recommends that government 'explicitly' support the adoption of open source software as part of its e-government strategy. GITO includes all government CIOs, including provincial ones.

"The report highlights the growing licence burdens of proprietary software and the reliance on imported technologies and skills as some of the reasons for moving away from proprietary solutions to open source. The release of the document coincides with the release of a government open source site at www.oss.gov.za..."

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