Kenya to host Software Freedom, and Internet Freedom Days
SOFTWARE| Aug. 28, 2012, 3:45 p.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya will host a Freedom Online Conference to be addressed by Open Source guru Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall from September 6-7.
The Conference is a global forum that brings together Government leaders to discuss the promotion of internet freedom.
Ahead of the conference, Kenya’s young activists, techies, bloggers and internet users will explore and debate the themes of the conference at a round table event hosted at the iHub on Thursday, August 30.
In June 2011, Kenya became the second African country to launch an open data initiative after South Africa, where it unleashed several government data sets online for use by the masses.
On September 1, Nairobi will also host a Software freedom Day to discuss how to leverage on the emerging software technologies. The event shall be held at Strathmore University in Nairobi.
Themed an Innovative, Open Future for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development, the Software Freedom Day will be graced by Jon 'Maddog' Hall, the Director of Linux International.
Mr Hall, or Maddog as he is widely known, is a globally renowned Open Source advocate, having supported the early development of Linux.
Kenya has been pushing the open government agenda and the Software Freedom day will be a boost in this front.
There has been debate on whether the government should adopt free and open source software or the proprietary software. Early this year, there were reports that cyber cafes were ditching proprietary software for the perceived cheaper and user-friendly open source software.
This was due to a step up in the fight against piracy by software maker Microsoft in conjunction with the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo) who had raided several businesses suspected to be dealing in unlicensed Microsoft software, confiscating computers and instituting legal action against offenders.
MORE SOFTWARE NEWS
Mark Bannerman named Country Manager for Red Hat in Sub-Saharan AfricaRed Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the appointment of Mark Bannerman to country manager for Red Hat in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
VMware unveils next wave of innovation for applications and desktop virtualization in Horizon 6VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, has announced a new release of VMware Horizon 6. Read More
Westcon only Symantec distributor in SADCWestcon has announced that long-time vendor partner Symantec has extended the value-added distributor’s footprint in the SADC region. Read More
Sage One Accounting, MTN Business to storm African cloud marketThe Sage One Accounting cloud accounting software is now available in a number of major markets throughout sub Saharan Africa, following a partnership between Sage Pastel Accounting and MTN Business. Read More
Introducing VMware vSphere 6 – The foundation for the hybrid cloudVMware has announced VMware vSphere 6, the newest edition of the industry-defining virtualisation solution for the hybrid cloud and foundation for the software-defined data centre. Read More
4 Signs that it is time to replace your ERP systemIt is a good idea to do a frequent gap analysis to see whether your ERP system still meets your needs. Read More
Sage ERP X3 helps Brent Oil keep pace with volatile industryBrent Oil, South Africa's largest and fastest-growing non-refining fuel wholesaler, has implemented the Sage ERP X3 enterprise application suite to tighten financial controls, improve efficiencies, and streamline its business processes. Read More
Barnstone launches ‘try before you buy’ SAP Hana optionBarnstone has launched a “try before you buy” offering to give companies a risk-free opportunity to try out SAP Hana technology without any significant investment. Read More
Focus Softnet appoints Future Kenya as strategic partnerFocus Softnet, a leading global ERP and software solutions development company, has signed Future Kenya as its new partner in Kenya. Read More
FEATURED STORY2bn priced out of internet access
A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.