In this issue:
- Equal consideration
- Local community teams
- Network scanning
- Zimbra joins VMware
- Skills development
- FOSS skills ecosystem
- Change management
Annex C of the approved FOSS Policy for South African Government.
This was faxed out from the OGCIO on 24 December 2007. The strategy states it is built on a previous draft strategy from the Presidential National Commission in 2004, which built on a GITOC strategy developed in 2003. The strategy covered three phases viz. Initiation, Enhancement, and Mature. Annex B is part of the approved Policy for FOSS in South African Government.
These recommendations followed after the National Cabinet approval in August 2003 on the policy on OSS. These recommendations proposed a set of policy enhancements to shift the overall policy posture from one that was neutral-to-enabling to one that was enabling-to-proactive. They also incorporated Open Content into the policy and brought to the fore important issues around intellectual property rights and Open Standards.
The National Advisory Council on Innovation is a body set up by South African Act of Parliament to advise the Minister of Arts Culture Science and Technology, as well as Cabinet as a whole, on Science and Technology issues. They formulated these recommendations which included non-negotiable open standards as well as a FOSS policy encouraging the use of FOSS and ensuring a level playing field between FOSS and proprietary software with regards to procurement.
A document which was co-authored by Brodwyn Appanna at SITA FOSS Office, Gerrit Botha SAPS Enterprise Architect, and Karl Fischer Dept of Science and Technology to the GITOC FOSS Standing Committee, FOSS LAB Workgroup.