Category Archives: FOSS Stories

Russian Bill makes Free Software a Public Priority

By | December 7, 2016

Legislators have drafted a bill that will boost Free Software on multiple levels within the Russian Federation’s public sector. The draft, approved by the Russian Federation’s Duma (lower chamber) in mid-October, requires the public sector to prioritise Free Software over proprietary alternatives, gives precedence to local IT businesses that offer Free Software for public tenders,… Read More »

The Nigerian communication commission and the freedom of the people

By | December 2, 2016

I have written previously about the importance of the internet to the development of FOSS in Nigeria. Even though the current rate of accessing the internet in the country is very expensive compared to what is obtainable in other parts of the world. Last week the Nigerian communication commission (NCC) – the regulatory agency responsible for… Read More »

Microsoft now a part of the Linux Foundation

By | November 25, 2016

It’s been a strange old year, and it’s a testament to just how strange that this headline doesn’t seem too out of place anymore. Microsoft – once the poster company for closed software – has joined The Linux Foundation as a platinum member. What was unthinkable just a few short years ago makes much more… Read More »

A Doctor Turned Programmer Through Open Source

By | October 28, 2016

Judy Gichoya is a medical doctor from Kenya who became a software developer after joining the open source medical records project, OpenMRS. The open source project creates medical informatics software that helps health professionals collect and present data to improve patient care in developing countries.   After seeing how effective the open medical records system… Read More »

IBM says Linux is good for Africa, to set up the Latest Linux Cloud Server in Africa.

By | September 21, 2016

IBM is hoping to catch a portion of the free and open source pie by intending to deploy it’s cutting-edge LinuxONE mainframe/cloud sever to Africa, Johannesburg to be precise. It seems that many players in the tech world are beginning to see a promising tech potential for the African continent. Especially now that the amount… Read More »

A sad death for a very great man: Ian Murdock

The death of Ian Murdock, a FOSS proponent and advocate, has been ruled as a suicide. According to a report by CNN, the medical examiner’s report showd that Ian hanged himself about a day after he claimed on twitter that he was beaten severally by the police for “knocking” on the door of his neighbor. For those… Read More »