"Desperately seeking their future, African countries that
virtually no Western commercial software vendors have cared about
in the past are turning to free and open software. They are doing
so at a pace just quick enough to alarm some commercial software
vendors, who fear the prospect of an entire continent dominated by
free software in the future.
"In Africa, where the average cash yearly income often amounts
to just hundreds or perhaps a few thousand dollars per capita, the
virtually unattainable cost of new hardware works against
established commercial software vendors such as Microsoft..."
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