Government and business embrace Open Source software

by oneafrikan on September 9, 2005

_ Government and business embrace Open Source software

Open Source software is rapidly gaining acceptance in the business and government user communities. With the successful conclusion of the Go Open Source Task Team Conference, held recently at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, a Declaration document has been tabled which augments existing government policies on Open Source and sets the scene for the future of adoption within the South African administration.

Drafted and formulated by conference attendees that included government, civil society, corporate, academia and the Go Open Source campaign coalition (The Shuttleworth Foundation, Hewlett Packard, Canonical and Meraka Institute) the document places specific emphasis on Open Source education, collaboration and skills development.

Discussing the declaration document and future policy, Internet billionaire and founder of the Shuttleworth Foundation Mark Shuttleworth, said the need for education on the benefits of Open Source technology emerged continuously throughout the two days of the conference, and as such, forms an integral part of the Declaration.


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