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01:08 Jul 20, 2005
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - IT (Information Technology)
English term or phrase:the issues
Global Linux: Africa
Although Faced with unique sets of challenges, countries across the continent of Africa have varied experiences with Linux and open-source software.
From country to country, the issues are often much more elemental than a debate over whether to use proprietary or open-source operating systems and applications. Instead, the key can often be as simple as whether villages have phone lines or high-speed Internet access ?or whether there is even electricity available to run computers.
"You just can’t make generalizations about infrastructure across Africa," says Allen Gunn, co-director of Aspiration Tech, an Amherst, Mass.-based group that helps nonprofit organizations find the best software for their needs. In South Africa, bandwidth is extensive and reliable, he says, and electricity is more widely available. In Zimbabwe and countries to the north, electricity and network connections are spotty.