Document: POLICY ON FREE and OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE USE for the SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT

Description

On the 22nd of February, this Policy on Free and Open Source Software use for the South African Government as well as the implementation plan was ratified by the South African Cabinet. Previously in 2002 and 2003, Cabinet noted and adopted policy recommendations from the Government IT Officer’s Council (GITOC) pertaining to Free & Open Source Software (FOSS). In putting forth these policies, the issues of technical . performance, security, cost and others pertaining to the selection, implementation, support and enhancement of FOSS IT systems were addressed, and it was predominantly on the basis of these direct cost/performance issues that policies supportive of FOSS were adopted. 

Subsequent to the adoption of these policies, additional research and consultation pertaining to FOSS has taken place on a national and international level across a wide Sometimes referred to by the acronym “FLOSS” for Free/Libre & Open Source Software, a term which is equivalent in meaning. For brevity and consistency, FOSS is used throughout this document. 1spectrum of stakeholder groups. It has also become recognised internationally that issues of open content are part and parcel of the issues of open technology, and therefore that Open Content (OC) must be included within FOSS policy. As a result of this additional research and consultation, a revised policy is being recommended, one that builds upon the existing policies and enhances them based on evidence that FOSS/OC contribute in meaningful ways to economic development generally, and directly support South African economic development priorities in particular.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Policy
  • Justification
  • Next Steps
  • References
  • Appendices
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