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Microsoft vs the Open Source Community in Africa

May 19, 2009

by HASH

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Last week the BBC interviewed Dr. Diarra, the chairman of Microsoft in Africa. One of his quotes was memorable:

“Africa is really the last frontier in not only developing technology that is specific to people’s needs, but eventually even developing new business models that will enable the emergence of local software industries, such as young people who have the skills to be able to write their own applications for their own community,”

I agree with the first part of that statement, it’s the second part that I find alarming. Coming from Microsoft, how can young people build the skills to write code when they can’t even pay for the closed software needed to run it? It’s not free, and if access (which he states earlier) is the biggest issue facing African technologists – then how does closed software fit into the equation? more

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2 comments

  1. it’s not because i’m the owner of Open Solutions Cameroun but i found this kind of comments very funy !

    Mircosoft can’t stop the move to Free/Open source software in africa, how many software they have given for free to african ? i think they are making enough money to offer Windows and office to all school in africa.


  2. JFA, it is because you are the owner of Open Solutions Cameroun (OSC) 😉



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