Future of IT in Africa
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Joseph Abandoh-Sam Group moderator02 Jan 2007, 09:29 am
I believed that it is possible to improve on the quality and availability of IT in Africa using mostly open source tools. So that we can curb down on piracy and yet still improve the quality of IT.
Dileep Jacob02 Jan 2007, 10:32 am
Another option would be to partner with Indian IT cos in the open source market and startup ventures that can address the particular market or verticals. This would ensure availability of skills, support resources and create an environment for Knowledge transfer. Then cos can work towards development of centers of excellence in various domains and verticals.
Philipp Schön21 May 2007, 7:54 pm
As a part time system admin I've turned to using UBUNTU Linux distribution (instead of Suse) a couple of weeks ago and discovered a nice thing called Edubuntu, http://www.edubuntu.org/:
"It is a complete operating system, built on the popular Ubuntu distribution, that includes an office suite, web browser, many educational applications, and much more. Edubuntu is designed for a teacher or network administrator to be able to setup a complete classroom quickly and easily."
I believe if children start learning and using computer technology with one OS they will stick to it. Edubuntu is perfect for schools. Ubuntu itself is almost easier to handle than Windows. A one line command installs software and all its dependencies, another one liner will remove it again.
Regarding support I also believe that there are more online communities handling open source issues than proprietary software. When one starts with less money and experience I would recommend open source.
I highly agree with Mr. Jacob on encouraging schools and universities where it all starts and knowledge is built and it's always good to partner with people being experiences on one hand and having had similar conditions on the other. 10 years ago nobody would have expected that today Indian experts are the heads of IT technology.
Mirko Gregor23 May 2007, 10:24 am
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