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NewsForge: Jon "maddog" Hall on FOSS in the Developing World

Jun 07, 2006, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"NewsForge: What is your general impression of migration to and acceptance of FOSS in South Africa and on that continent?

"Hall: In 2001 I was invited to Johannesburg to talk about FOSS software by LinuxAfrica, a local user group that was putting on a small but nice event. In 2003 Hewlett Packard invited me to both Johannesburg and Cape Town for a FOSS 'road show.' In 2005 I was invited to Linuxworld South Africa in Johannesburg, and this year I came back again. I have seen a steady increase in the interest and usage of FOSS in South Africa. I believe this has been boosted recently by the actions of Mark Shuttleworth and the Ubuntu project as well as the efforts of the Meraka Institute and its projects..."

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