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Can free software and open source help third-world countries?


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Anonymous's picture

Believe me...

Not because GNOME was born in M

Take a look at Namibia

Anonymous's picture

Here in Namibia we have an initiative ( that aims to connect all schools in Namibia to the Internet. We are using all open source sortware (linux, kde, openoffice) to both run a national network of schools and on desktops in computerlabs which we put into schools. Some of this is done using wireless technology in areas where there are no phones, electical connections, etc.

In the past we have refused offers of "free" software from commercial companies because this will tie us into a path of costly upgrades in the future. Using OSS allows us to spend scarce resources on equipment and to keep our serices up and running. We also feel that in a developing country it is very important to have young Namibians using software that allows them to "get under the hood." By doing so we are encouraging those who are intersted to develop their programming/networking skills.

Please check us out at www.

Dr. Ben Fuller

You guys are doing great

Anonymous's picture

It has never occured to me the difference between "free software" and "open source" untill I read your commend. "Free" with hidden future dependence and charges is more slavery than high priced software. thanks

Getting used computers for those in need

Anonymous's picture

I have been told that the Taipei City Government is obsoleting 15,000 PIII computers. How do you get opportunities like this into the hands of those in need? If you are interested in these machines, contact the Himalaya foundation at:

Phone 886 2 2544 8282
Fax 886 2 2718 5850
Attention: Ann Kao (Gow)

Re: Take a look at Namibia

Anonymous's picture

Thanks Dr. Fuller.

I think you should right an article about this! This is just the sort of grass roots thing I love to see.

Terry Wendt.