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FOSS Policy and Strategy

Posted on March 4th, 2009

THE FOSS POLICY

The South African FOSS Policy which was approved in 2007 urges government to implement FOSS:

Choose FOSS

The South African government will implement FOSS unless proprietary software proves to be significantly superior. Whenever the advantages of FOSS and proprietary software are comparable FOSS will be implemented when choosing a software solution for a new project. Whenever FOSS is not implemented, then reasons must be provided to justify implementing proprietary software.

Use FOSS/Open Content Licensing

The South African government will ensure all government content and content developed using government resources is made Open Content, unless analysis on specific content shows that proprietary licensing or confidentiality is substantially beneficial.

Develop in FOSS

All new software developed for or by the South African government will be based on open standards, adherent to FOSS principles, and be licensed using a FOSS license where possible.

Migrate to FOSS

The South African government will migrate current proprietary software to FOSS whenever comparable software exists.

Promote FOSS in South Africa

The South African government will encourage the use of Open Content and Open Standards within South Africa. They will encourage the use of Open Content and Open Standards.

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