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TLWIR 34: Africa Embraces Free Software

Mar 09, 2012, 20:01 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Linux and GNU are not just popular in the Americas; Africa, Europe, and Asia have all caught on to the Linux fever. For the last ten years, Africa has been the host of a biennial Free Software conference known as IDLELO 5. IDLELO 5 stands for ?the 5th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons?. The conference will take place in Abuja, Nigeria from March 19-23, 2012. The conference will be chaired by Nigeria?s Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson.

"So what exactly is IDLELO? IDLELO is a ten year old initiative of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa that aims to bring Free Software users and advocates from all around the world together. There will be classes, tutorials, awards, networking, demos, and presentations that will foster more growth in Free Software and Open Source. IDLELO has been held in Africa every 2 years since 2002. Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; and Accra, Ghana hosted events 1 through 4 respectively. The name Idlelo comes from a South word that means a ?common grazing ground?. I wish this conference the greatest of success. It is wonderful to see the Free Software principles spread onto the African continent."

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