"Mike Lawrie, administrator of the .za domain and one of the
pioneers of the Internet in SA, believes that without open source
software, the introduction of the Internet to SA would have been
delayed by up to five years.
Lawrie, speaking at the Linux Users' Association conference in
Johannesburg this morning, said while many of the public domain
products used in the early days of the Internet were far from
perfect, they were the only tools available to universities during
the early 1990s.
'Without open source software, the introduction of the Internet
to SA would have been delayed by at the very least two years, but
most likely five years. Without open source software, the
universities would never have been able to get IP up and
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