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WHY WE SHOULD EMBRACE OPEN SOURCE TECHNOLOGY IN MALAWI

By Amalawi - Mon May 28, 1:56 pm

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Open Source Technology

Open Source Technology

Here’s a paradox Free software seems perfect for Malawi: it’s free both to obtain and to share, runs well on low-spec machines and most of the software can be easily localised. And yet the uptake of free software in Malawi is poor, with Windows still dominating computing at all levels. How is this possible?

It all comes down to Network and bandwidth. Most users in Malawi are limited to 1GB per month this bottleneck alone puts Linux and Ubuntu out of the use of most people in Malawi. So what can we do about this?

A handful of users in Malawi have access to a good network with a fantastic bandwidth, these users should download free software and burn it on CD’s/DVD, this should then be distributed. How will these be distributed? They can either be sold to organizations or individuals. Furthermore the government can contribute by buying the CD’s on behalf of schools and local councils.

As a country one way of improving our ICT sector is through the use of open source. We need to nature our youths to be thinkers and programmers. We have the resources upon us, let us utilise them. Without a pool of developers and programmers our ICT sector will always be behind.

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