One of my most interesting trips was down to South Africa to talk interop, document formats, and yes…open source software.
South Africa has taken a most unfortunate position of late – the government has sought to put a political mandate in place for the adoption of open source software.
Of course Microsoft will now pretend that it’s the big kahuna of FOSS (King of SourceForge).
Maybe South Africa should have mandated a policy against convicted monopolists and not ‘for open source’, which Microsoft will just continue to fake, subvert, and totally ruin to sneak into contracts under its own twisted terms and conditions. █
For context see:
- South Africa Gets an Offer Too Hard to Refuse, Taken Over by Microsoft Lobbyists
- Big Set of Shakeups for Microsoft O[OXML]ffice, ODF Rises
- Microsoft Goes Visiting South Africa Shortly After Pro-ODF Policies (Updated)
- Updates on Microsoft OOXML in the UK and South Africa
- Status Update on Microsoft’s Smear Campaign Against ODF (Corrected)
- Jumping for Dollars to Secure Microsoft Lock-in (Latest Possible Examples)