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Technetra: Abandoning "Skim & Abandon"

Jul 26, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The truth is, in developing economies, there is little support for any kind of software, whether it's open source or proprietary. Even where labor is cheap, the tracks are blocked for the development of a strong software industry. Let's see why.

"The cost of most commercial software in developing countries is typically undiscounted. Inequities in price parity make commercial software unaffordable for most applications. High cost simply stunts the growth of an ICT infrastructure. You can see this everywhere--in the banks whose branches still run on paper chits, in the judicial system that holds records on scraps of paper piled on the floors of courtrooms, in shops where cash transactions are done without receipts. The examples are endless..."

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