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Re: [News] South Africa says Open Source Helps You and Your Country

__/ [ B Gruff ] on Thursday 18 May 2006 18:04 \__

> On Thursday 18 May 2006 16:44 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> South Africa: Open Source 'Helps You And Helps SA'
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | SOUTH African companies are being urged to adopt open source software so
>> | they can not only cut their running costs but also contribute to job
>> | creation and boost the national economy.
>> `----
>>                         http://allafrica.com/stories/200605180189.html
> Ahhh - so it's official - the cat is out of the bag, and the penny has
> dropped....
> .... instead of coughing up billions which simply go into a bank account in
> the U.S., governments can spend those billions at home, create jobs, get a
> better result, and the billions go round in the economy 5 or 6 times - and
> there is no Balance of Payment problem!
> OSS loses jobs and stops wealth creation?  Nonsense!  It CREATES jobs and
> wealth - locally - at the same time as it returns sovereignty to the user!

[ovations /]

More  choice  and more diversity prevent just a few 'Gods' for  committing
changes to code and distribute whenever they desire. With Open Source, the
money  will flow to the developers (rather than Swiss bank accounts),  who
will improve the system and re-distribute the changes (as often they must)
for  others  to  benefit from and for society as a whole to  move  forward
rather  than re-invent the wheel or have one wheel locked in a safe, never
to be improved.

Best wishes,


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