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Out of Africa: Linux in Botswana

Jul 17, 1999, 18:16 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dimane Mpoeleng)

Dimane Mpoeleng writes:

It was on the 9th July 1999 at the African IT Exhibitions Conference (AITEC) in Gaborone, Botswana when I presented a paper on "Linux in Business". The presenters were covering a broader spectrum of the computing field and I was the only one presenting something on Linux. The audience was very very impressed.

Something very funny happened there. I told them how Linux was very powerful, stable, etc. I was using StarOffice for the slide presentation. The speaker who followed me was using MS-Power Point (what else could it be) which crashed once, then shortly after, Windows crashed with the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). I immediately stood up among the audience the said "You see, I told you Windows crashes all the time" .. "

I see LINUX as an opportunity for Africa since it is almost free. Particularly for most of the cash strapped African countries


Mr. Dimane Mpoeleng ( Lecturer)
Computer Science Department
University of Botswana