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Apr 01, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The open source software (OSS) movement is undoubtedly gaining momentum in SA with the local enterprise market and government starting to gain a better understanding of the value proposition behind the adoption of OSS.

"This is according to Mark Rotter, senior analyst at African ICT research house BMI-TechKnowledge, who presented at a Sun Microsystems Open Source seminar held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg this week.

"According to preliminary research by BMI-T, the spend on IT services, salaries and skills surrounding the OSS market was around R150 million in 2002. While this currently represents a very small percentage of the total services market, it is expected that this market will grow strongly to reach approximately R650 million by 2007..."

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