Linux in South Africa
Nov 06, 2007
11:06 PM EST
|There have been many positive stories about Linux in South Africa, and on the surface it seems like the country is bullheadedly going open source. But, the full truth is a little more complicated.
This country is a weird oil / water mix of first and third world - interwoven, but not really mixed, no matter how much the pot is stirred.
Many schools are being equipped with Linux labs, but most of them tend to be schools with no money and in rural areas. Effectively, it's the third-world portion that's getting the Linux, while the side with the money is still pretty much Microsoft dominated.
The long term effect of this might be that the Open Sourcies will eventually outnumber the Microsofties, since the place is more third-world the first-world, but for now, Microsoft is still the top dog.
Nov 07, 2007
4:01 AM EST
Quoting:The long term effect of this might be that the Open Sourcies will eventually outnumber the Microsofties,Thinking about it in quality terms. The long term effect of this might be that the Open Sourcies will end up saving their money and no longer the third world, while the rich side will lose its money and become the third world.
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