Tech Watch 30 Oct 2002
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The debate on open software for development is growing.
In particular, the choice between OSS and licensed (Microsoft-based) software - is subject to fierce international discussion. Whereas open source software is cheaper (free) and more flexible than licensed software, Microsoft-based software is the standard technology around the world. Linux, the most accessible operating system for open source, is gaining ground despite fierce opposition from Microsoft. The documents listed below were accessed during October 2002. What can open source software do for development? http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/computing/2002/0209091122.asp?O=FPL Government advisory body recommends open source, by Alastair Otter in IT Web The South African government is increasing its support for open source developments and has been advised to maximise the output of its ICT budgets by decreasing the amount of money spent on licensed software. http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/tech/article.jsp?id=99992573&sub=Computing China plans software to rival Windows, by Will Knight in New Scientist China´s companies and universities are creating a new rival to Windows, based on open source software. This is mainly done to break the monopoly of Microsoft-based systems. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/articleshow?artid=24598339 Open IT: Govt to rewrite source code in Linux, by Sudha Nagaraj in The Economic Times (India) Following China´s lead, the Indian government is planning a countrywide drive to promote the open source operating system, Linux, as the ´platform of choice´ instead of ´proprietary´ solutions. http://www.techsoup.org/articlepage.cfm?ArticleId=300&topicid=2 Open source software and ASP, by Ryan Turner, and http://www.techsoup.org/articlepage.cfm?ArticleId=314&topicid=2 Going with open source software, by Marnie Webb, Techsoup What are Linux and open source, and what are the upsides and downsides? Two articles from 2001, but still relevant. http://www.apc.org/english/rights/africa/resources-content.shtml?x=6560 Open source as an alternative for Africa, in the Africa ICT Policy Monitor, an initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Explains why open source software is the best way to manage ICTs for Africa. According to the Free Software Foundation, 'Free software is matter of freedom, not price.' http://allafrica.com/stories/200209230058.html Africa set to embrace Linux, by Andre Hartley, IT Web Observations by a Hewlett Packard software solutions consultant for Africa, who states that Linux and open source software can meet all of Africa´s requirements. http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6049&mode=thread&order=0 Open source software is helping people around the globe escape the crime of software privacy, by Frederick Noronha, Linux Journal Success stories about applications of OSS in Pakistan, Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and South Asia. http://188.8.131.52/sections/columnists/thekernel/otter010726.asp Who said using free software was going to be easy?, by Alastair Otter in IT Web The ideals of the free software movement are becoming increasingly muddy and when supposedly ´open source´ companies talk of software patents, the dream starts to slip away. Responses from Microsoft http://news.com.com/2100-1001-272299.html?legacy=cnet Governments push open-source software, by Paul Festa in News.com Governments around the world are discussing the use of OSS. Microsoft is fighting it with full force. What is the history of this debate? http://www.futurecompany.co.za/forums/fc/messages/194.html Mircosoft?s free offer to schools, by Duncan Mcleod in Future Company Argues that South Africa should be careful when accepting Microsoft´s offers of free software. If schools want to install Linux or MacOS or Unix, they must be free to do so. http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/computing/2002/0202141202.asp?O=E Critics cautious on Microsoft software donations, by Alastair Otter in IT Web South African software experts express concern about the underlying costs of free software donations by Microsoft. http://www.bridges.org/media/pressrelease/15_February_02.html Debate between open source and proprietary software becomes real for developing countries, press release by Bridges.org Comments on Microsoft´s distribution of free software in South Africa. http://allafrica.com/stories/200210090815.html Looking at gift computers in the mouse, by Duncan Mcleod in AllAfrica.com Advocates of free computer software have expressed concern that Microsoft is engaged in tactics in poor countries that will help it further entrench its dominant position in the industry. http://news.com.com/2100-1001-268667.html?tag=bplst Bill Gates wades into open source debate, by Mike Ricciuti in News.com Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is concerned about the ´Pac-Man-like nature´ of the license that governs the distribution of open source software. http://newsforge.com/newsforge/02/05/22/143245.shtml?tid=11 Microsoft, open source and the third world: A fair contest?, by Jack Bryar in News Forge Microsoft´s free software donations are a sign of a new trade war in Africa and Asia. ´It´s no different to a drug dealer standing outside the gates of a school and handing out drugs free to kids, to get them hooked so they have to pay for the stuff later.´ http://news.com.com/2100-1001-268040.html?legacy=cnet Microsoft, Red Hat set open-source debate, in News.com Microsoft´s Senior Vice President Craig Mundie explains why Microsoft´s vision of ´shared source´ software, where the software giant makes the source code of some of its products available to customers and partners while still maintaining the intellectual property rights, is better than open source. http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/24970.html Gates: GPL will eat your economy, but BSD´s cool, by John Lettice in The Register Essentially, if your country standardises on Linux, then you´re not going to have any IT jobs in your country, says Bill. You can never commercialise your software.
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