Limpopo schools in South Africa go further with free and open source software

Really great to see a Province in South Africa embracing open source software. Not only does it make our tax money go further, but it allows learners to freely share and experiment.

Free Open Source Software (FOSS) Day (17 March) was officially celebrated in Polokwane today with the lauding of an offline content project that enables schools in Limpopo to access educational information even when they have no Internet connectivity.

The project – which was launched in April 2016 – was a joint undertaking by enterprise Linux and open source solutions provider, SUSE South Africa, and Limpopo Connexion, the Limpopo provincial government agency charged with promoting the use of ICT to improve service delivery and developing ICT as a sector in the province.

SUSE provided the operating system for the laptops and tablets used at the 25 schools involved in the project, and has been assisting with free technical support since its inception.

"This project is a perfect example of how open source is creating opportunities for education as well as how the government can work with the private sector to create practical value for the citizens of the country. By creating an information-rich society built through knowledge received from an open source environment, the role of education truly becomes transformational," said Matthew Lee, regional manager for Africa at SUSE.

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