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[News] Kenya Linux Group Fights Discrimination Against Free Software in Government

  • Subject: [News] Kenya Linux Group Fights Discrimination Against Free Software in Government
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 03:44:13 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Kenya Linux Group Challenges Procurement Policies

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| After losing out on many software tenders to the government, the Linux 
| Professional Association (LPA) will engage the Public Procurement Oversight 
| Authority (PPOA) in Kenya over procurement rules, according to the 
| association chairman.   
| The association members have been locked out of government tenders because 
| the requests for proposals are usually skewed toward Microsoft products, 
| therefore locking out open-source software developed locally, says LPA 
| Chairman Evans Ikua.   


It's worth noting Microsoft's recent (alleged) corruption in Kenya. Details
below. If true, then corruption continue to be Microsoft's primary "export".


Microsoft Denies Threatening to Withdraw Funding

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| However, the denial was a contradiction to comments by Bitange Ndemo,
| permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, who
| said that Microsoft may have made comments regarding funding, though not
| directly or in writing.  
| "They may have said something to that effect though not directly and not in
| writing. Microsoft cannot threaten us. In any case, our policy is very clear,
| we encourage people to use open-source software and those who want to use
| proprietary software are at liberty to do so" Ndemo said.  
| There was heated debate in Kenya's technology sector before the decision to
| abstain. The decision was made by a 12-member committee. Some experts felt
| that the committee was comprised of a majority of Microsoft partners.  


Kenya: How Software War Will Hurt Consumers

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| Rather than buy Microsoft software or pay royalty fees to the company, most
| cyber-cafes around the country are choosing to instal free, open source
| software.
| This follows the start of an aggressive campaign by the software giant in
| October last year, which targeted cyber-cafes that are illegally using its
| software and denying it the right to benefit from many years of research.


Linux cutting software costs in Kenya

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| Entrepreneurs in Kenya are putting Linux to work to cut costs and maximise
| profits as they look for new ways to bring computing to users.One of these
| entrepreneurs is Patrick Mathenge, CEO of Mullard Electronic Limited, a firm
| trading in hardware and software from its Mombasa Road offices. The company
| is distributing Linux software that can turn a single computer into up to 10
| workstations.    



Africa: 'Microsoft is Imperialistic' Says Open Source Advocates

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| Microsoft Corporation's products have been locked out of the
| on-going World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi Kenya.
| With over 300 computers provided for participants and the press,
| organizers of the WSF have preferred to provide open source
| software products and blocked all Microsoft related products for
| the forum's usage and its related activities.
| [...]
| Activists at the forum also believe that since Microsoft is a
| corporate brand from the United States of America, a country
| they believe has intentions of maintaining the status quo of
| a unipolar world over which it is above international law and
| the UN, the brand should be locked out.
| [...]
| "The open source movement is providing Linux, a robust free
| software. Everybody owns it and it can be shared. And this
| is what WSF is all about - a free society, a movement
| fighting for ownership of free resources" he adds.


Swahili Blogosphere: State of education in Tanzania, M-Pesa and Open Source
Movement in Kenya

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| Maitha, who blogs at Mawazo na Mawaidha, writes about M-Pesa and open
| source movement in Kenya. Recently, he, used M-Pesa service. He points
| out an incorrect Swahili phrase used by the service and wonders why
| they did not consult a Swahili linguist.
| He posts links to three Kenyan websites dedicated to the promotion of
| open source software. He believes that the websites will contribute to
| the growth of open source movement in Kenya.


Kenya: Copyright Board Takes Piracy War to Cyber Cafes

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| Cyber café operators within Nairobi are torn between legalising their
| Microsoft software operating system, shifting to Open Source Code or closing
| shop all together following the crack down on illegal software.  
| [...]
| According to Mr Kasani, the software will manage all aspects of cyber café
| billing such as Internet time, printing, items, accounts, discounts, the
| programme will be across platform , it will be possible to run it on both
| Linux and Windows computers connected on the same cyber works.  


Open source opportunity on the road to Nairobi

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