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South Africans don’t understand OSS - Microsoft

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"Despite having an open source strategy the South African government doesn't really understand how to benefit from OSS. This is according to Microsoft director of corporate standards, Jason Matusow." Stay tune for more FUD from Microsoft...

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It’s Confirmed: Microsoft Went Down to South Africa to Fight ODF

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The typical tricks involve business trips with hidden motives.

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South Africa Gets an Offer Too Hard to Refuse, Taken Over by Microsoft Lobbyists

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The other day we mentioned South Africa because of its decision to embrace OpenDocument format. Shortly afterwards we spotted Microsoft’s plan to pay a little visit to this country. Coincidence? Maybe.

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South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard

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The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard. The adoption of ODF by South Africa opens the way for the businesses and government to adopt ODF more widely in their processes. ODF is already an international standard, approved by the International Standards Organisation, or ISO.

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OSS project scoops multilingualism award

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Dwayne Bailey tells us that Translate.org.za was awarded the coveted Pan South African Language Board award for its contribution to multilingualism and nation building over the past decade. The award, ‘Multilingualism and Nation Building: eBusiness Institution of the Decade’, was awarded to the non-profit organisation for its long-running and ground breaking work in the area of multilingual software.

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South Africa, Netherlands and Korea striding toward ODF

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As Microsoft's Office Open XML document format remains in ISO limbo, a trio of countries are pushing forward an adoption of the alternative Open Document Format (ODF) instead, according to an ODF advocacy group.

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Microsoft talks on govt document plan

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In the wake of the release of the South African government's Minimum Interoperability Standards (MIOS) for information systems document, Tectonic asked Microsoft SA's platform strategy manager, Paulo Ferreira how this would impact on the company and its drives to promote the Office Open XML (OOXML) format.

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SA government gets serious about ODF

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Late last month the First International ODF Users Workshop was held in Berlin. The event was attended by officials representing 20 governments from around the world. South Africa was represented by Aslam Raffee, the chief information officer at the department of science and technology.

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African ministers punt free, open source

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In Windhoek last week, the Ministerial Bureau of the fifth Pan African Conference of Ministers for Public or Civil Service met to review progress on the collective work of the various public service ministers. Among the themes covered was that of e-governance and free and open source software (FOSS).

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South Africa adopts ODF as govt standard

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Open Document format (ODF) yesterday became an official standard for South African government communications.

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Shuttleworth plugs open source for Africa

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Ubuntu founder and IT entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth tells Computing SA that picking open source software was not only good for South Africa but also important for the rest of the African continent.

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Govt minister goes geek for FOSS day

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Armed with a One Laptop Per Child computer and kitted out in a Geek Freedom League t-shirt, South African deputy minister of science and technology, Derek Hanekom, opened Saturday's Software Freedom Day event at the departmental offices in Pretoria

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Asterisk speeds up call centre response

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Achievement Awards Group, a South African motivational organisation, has implemented Asterisk to upgrade the capability of its specialist call centre and to react quickly to the needs of clients.

Asterisk is an open source VOIP (voice over IP) PBX used to drive telephony systems. The call centre solution was set up by the group's IT partner, Clarotech Consulting.

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Minister champions open source endeavour

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At a meeting on Sunday, South Africa's minister of public services, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, accepted an invitation to be a patron of the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA).

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Sahara offer Linux option for notebooks

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South African computer technology distributor Sahara is offering notebooks with pre-installed Linux operating systems. The company added this open-source option to its product range earlier this year, but it is unclear how successful the move has been.

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