Archive for the ‘software’ Category


Microsoft vs the Open Source Community in Africa

May 19, 2009



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


Open Solutions Cameroun

May 12, 2009
Open Solutions Cameroun

Open Solutions Cameroun

I read for the first time about Open Solutions Cameroun by the nino’s blog.

A company which promotes and markets it’s Know-how in Open Solutions in Cameroon. For months ago i read that more than 80 percent of Software used in Cameroon’s administration offices and institutions are not used with the appropriate licenses or are cracked and i always wonder if people don’t know what open solutions are.

Since 2001 started the French gendamerie the switch over to Open-Source-Desktop and save only in 2008 more than 70 Millions euros. This year the license’s expenses will be cut down to 70%.

May be people don’t notice it but i think the open source solutions like Ubuntu and others are the future and these solutions are making a very interesting breakthrough by the user’s community.

Personally I’m using exclusively Kubuntu for 8-9 months and I’m so impressed for what you can get for free.

As African we should turn to these solutions because it’s free
and you can adapt it to your own needs.

and i hope this company will success and meet his goals.

Below two case studies (in pdf) from the European information service OSOR(Open Source Observatory and Repository) of the Swiss federal court and the French Gendarmerie about the migration to open source of this Europeans institutions .

Open source on the desktops of the Swiss Federal Court and Federal Administrative Court

Towards the freedom of the operating system: the French Gendarmerie goes for Ubuntu


Sembuse: East Africa’s First Mobile Social Network

May 6, 2009

by HASH on April 26, 2009



For 15% of the cost of a normal 160 character SMS message in Kenya you can now send one with 1000 characters in it.Sembuse is a mobile social network. It’s a way for East Africans to connect with each other via short messaging, cheaper than normal SMS messages (much like it’s counterpart Mxit in South Africa). It’s a new release by Symbiotic, a Kenyan firm that specializes in making mobile phone related applications. To get the application on your phone, point your device to to (or It’s a free download for anyone with a GPRS or 3G enabled phone, and you can try it out immediately…