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NewsForge: Promoting the Adoption and Use of FOSS in Developing Countries

Mar 27, 2004, 05:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katim S. Touray)

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"Despite the many and severe problems highlighted in my previous article, all is not lost in the drive to increase the adoption and use of FOSS in developing countries. Many measures can be taken to help increase the use of FOSS in developing countries.

"FOSS packages are notorious for their steep learning curves and for not being user-friendly. Efforts should be made to urgently address this situation, and toward this end, the end-user documentation of FOSS packages should be improved and made more accessible. Given that people in developing countries generally have problems accessing the Internet to obtain support, proper and easily accessible documentation is one effective way to increase the adoption of FOSS packages..."

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