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The Technology Battle for Africa

Posted by bizomx on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 12:27

"In Africa, Microsoft faces strong competition from open-source software, in particular the Linux operating system. Many use Linux and run free counterparts to the Microsoft Office suite."

The BBC has more details about the showdown of open source versus proprietary software in Africa. When discussing the issue of cost, the piece quotes Microsoft's chairman for Africa, Dr. Cheikh Modibo Diarra, however he feels that the question of affordability can be overcome by simply changing the business model.

A few techie notes for the IT hobbyist

Posted by r on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 09:26

My usual web browser of choice is opera; anyway I used firefox again recently and was pleasantly surprised when I encountered an extension called flagfox. This identifies the country of origin of web sites that are visited. So, for example, this web site is based in america (where of course it should be in ghana, but we know why that is not the case ,yet ;) ). For some reason this extension prompted me to think I'd share briefly the types of software I like to use, so here goes...

jedit (text editor)
xxe (xml editor)