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iTWeb: Open Source 'Accelerated SA Internet'

Nov 08, 2002, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

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"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 running...'

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