"Workshops to discuss the use of open source software in government were staged
yesterday by an action team set up to explore how much benefit South Africa could extract
from the technology.
Open source software differs from proprietary applications in that it is free to use and
can be adapted by anyone to meet their needs. Its use has become a key policy
issue for many governments, including those of the UK, China, Thailand, Peru,
France, Argentina, Germany and Brazil. Developing nations are expected to follow
suit, with the lack of licence fees proving a major incentive for its use."