Ubuntu In Zimbabwe

The Ubuntu community is built around the ideals enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy:

  • That software should be available free of charge.
  • That software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities.
  • That people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

The Ubuntu Promise!

The Ubuntu Promise To You!

  • Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.
  • Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.
  • Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
  • Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.

What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is an entirely open source operating system built around the Linux kernel. Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

PC Recycling Project

The term 'digital divide' was coined to describe the gulf that exists in computing facilities between industrialized and developing nations.Industrialized nations have in general more modern IT equipment,better educated people and can readily finance their research and development efforts than developing nations.In view of this,a number of initiatives have been undertaken by governments,NGOs and other institutions to try and reduce this rift.These initiatives have however met with little success due to the ever widening gap between the rich and poor,and due to the high cost of computers and so

FAQs

The year 2010 in Zimbabwe has seen more people connecting to the internet via Mobile Broadband due to the introduction of such services by Mobile Phone companies and Internet Service Providers.Consequently,our mailing list has recently been flooded with questions about how to connect to the net using Ubuntu.The following FAQ will hopefully clarify that area to Ubuntu users.

Q:What is Mobile Broadband?

Ubuntu at Parliament of Zimbabwe

www.parliament.gov.zw

Background

Parliament of Zimbabwe is situated at Corner Third Street and Kwame Nkurumah Ave in the capital city, HARARE.

The Challenges

The institution has been using Information and Technology infrastructures for the past 15 years, but the challenge has been software licensing. This was however, resolved by the Introduction of Open Source software, i.e. Ubuntu 8.04. Parliament is using both the Server (4 Servers) and Desktop (100 Desktops and 2 Laptop computers).