Business Daily Africa may still not understand FLOSS but Katherine Getao does:
“Katherine Getao, the ICT secretary at the directorate of e-Government, said it costs a government agency about Sh237 million per annum to acquire and upgrade copyrighted software.
â€œInitially we expect this to reduce the government expenditure by 20 per cent but the bigger impact will be in three years time when we anticipate the savings will be up to 80 per cent,â€ she said. Among the databases intended for the shift in the first phase are those of the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Ministry of Finance, and Integrated Population, said Dr Getao.”
Yes, she can do the maths. Migration to GNU/Linux is a little short term pain for long term gain. For databases on servers etc. there is always a way to migrate the data and the computers can do most of the work. When it’s done, you are running FLOSS and never have to pay another round of licences. The same advantages apply to the client systems. Good news from Kenya.
A few statistics for Kenya:
- one of the lowest GDP/capita, $1800 – You can bet costs matter.
- corruption has dogged the economy but a recent change in government has brought better growth, 5% per annum.
- population 43 million
- unemployment 40%
- AIDs is rampant with 1.5million infected people
- only 22% of the population is urban and much of the economy depends on agriculture and weather.
Still millions are connected and wireless is very popular.