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Egyptian Government To Adopt Free Software On Larger Scale 57

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the digital-arab-spring dept.
ezabi writes "After announcing a 43 million USD license agreement with Microsoft, the Egyptian government was faced with a protest from FOSS enthusiasts staging a protest before the cabinet. Later, representatives from the community had a meeting with the minister of communications and information technology. Such a meeting led to the ministry issuing a press release (in Arabic) stating its commitment to gradually move to open source (Google Translate to English) as a strategic option for future projects. It's worth mentioning that all governmental websites used in the elections and constitution referendum were all based on open source solutions."
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Egyptian Government To Adopt Free Software On Larger Scale

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 31, 2012 @11:20PM (#42438623)

    Free software for people who are not free... Yeah. That's fucking hilarious.

    How about adopting some free speech, equal rights? Maybe some basic human rights? Or how about just a little decency...

    Thats some fine trolling there egypt.

    • by shentino (1139071)

      hey, I'll take what I can get.

    • by GrayWhiZ (1721430)

      Free software for people who are not free... Yeah. That's fucking hilarious.

      How about adopting some free speech, equal rights? Maybe some basic human rights? Or how about just a little decency...

      Thats some fine trolling there egypt.

      who said we are not free? lol , at least we had a social revolution which is still going on too till now,and we had free&transparent elections since the revolution started! and until now,multinational corporations are not brain-washing us and controlling our life like the usa , so i guess judging others like this is just a symbol of jealousy maybe?

      • "multinational corporations are not brain-washing us and controlling our life like the usa "
        No you are being manipulated by a 6th century cult demanding your ever lasting and unquestioning obedience. The protesters and citizens of Egypt got the same screwing as the Iranian protesters did after their 1979 revolution. Evidently the people in the Mideast are experts at street protests but don't have a clue about how to organize and implement any of the changes they were standing out in the street demanding. A

  • And open interfaces? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MichaelSmith (789609) on Monday December 31, 2012 @11:20PM (#42438625) Homepage Journal

    Hard to imagine that the Egyptian Government will be happy in the long term with software which gives the user full control over encryption and messaging. They will want a nice closed source solution with DRM right there in the kernel, firmly attached to the hardware.

    • by rtb61 (674572)

      All under the watchful eye of the US government. I wonder if the Egyptian Government has access to the source code?

  • Is Egypt not in enough trouble already?

  • HTML, anyone? (Score:4, Informative)

    by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @06:30AM (#42440339) Homepage

    the Egyptian government was faced with a protest from FOSS enthusiasts staging a stand before the cabinet http//www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-protest-microsoft-deal

    Y'know, they really should invent a way to visit links quicker than copying and pasting the text into the URL bar.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @08:25AM (#42440683)

    I find the calls for free and open software fascinating. For years the news about deals involving Millions of dollars from Mircosoft and other softwere giants with the Egyptian government were common in Egypt, where 40% of the population live on less than $2/day. But that is no surprise, I guess MS knows its way well around corrupted governments.

    Now when the Muslim Brothers respond in their first months of governing to calls of turning to FOSS, they get flamed That's just beyond me.
    Just because our democracy brought in power someone you dislike, does not mean it is not a democracy. Most of you know nothing about the Muslim Brothers more than their name -which is enough for some to form an opinion about them- or the biased western media coverage about them. Given, or democracy is not perfect, but we are only in its kindergarten, and may be you should ask yourselves first, how a lot of your tax-money found their way to Mubarak's bank accounts for the last 30 years.

    • by professionalfurryele (877225) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @10:40AM (#42441273)

      The Muslim Brotherhood are getting attacked because they are taking precisely the step necessary to ensure Egypt has one and only one free and fair election. Yes this move to free software is a good thing and indicates they aren't prepared to be tied to Western corporate control, but at the same time the new constitution and the resulting permanent sectarian divide it will set up is not good for Egypt. People in the West are criticising it because we have made similar mistakes in our past, and paid for them with dictatorships.

  • Egypt has zero money. They have enough currency on hand to buy food for the next 3 months. And that's it. If I were them I'd double down on Microsoft and dare Redmond to try to collect.

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