Leapsoft launches African Linux distribution

By Derek Sooman on February 5, 2006, 3:10 AM
Linux continues to expand, with the number of distributions growing. DistroWatch.com lists over 300 distros, one of the newest of which is Wazobia Linux, launched by Nigerian software vendor Leapsoft Ltd and aimed at meeting the needs of consumers, businesses, education, and government in West Africa. The distro is supplied in Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, the three most spoken languages in Nigeria, as well as English, and comes with translations of the OpenOffice.org 2.0 productivity suite, multiple browsers, desktop search, automated networking tools, multi-media software, and application development tools and much more.

Wazobia Linux will be targeted at consumer, business, education, and government users, while a Live CD version is also available for download. The company said it will provide support direct to end users, or via partners, with prices starting at NGN 5,000 ($39) per desktop and NGN 10,000 ($78) per server for a standard one-year support contract.

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Need_a_Dell said:
Sounds great! Linux is one of the more secure and reliable OSes out there today, and this expansion is no doubt good for their revenue. Not only is it good for them, but they're helping out less advanced countries. Good on you Linux!
MonkeyMan said:
Great job Linux, it is great to see that they are expanding their possibilities, to reach other nations in the world. Linux is becoming evermore popular these days, and I think its only a matter of time before they may be able to compete with Microsoft. But, they are taking it one step at a time, and they are starting with expanding the company.
DragonMaster said:
Good to see this Linux expansion in the world! There is some more people that will stop paying for software!
nathanskywalker said:
Of course linux is spreading, oh yeah!!! Linux used to be only a geek thing if i am correct. But now other people and corporations are begining to realize the value of an "open-source" system. France, China, and there have been other recent switches to...though i cannot at the moment name them. Nigeria? hmmm....Well, this is good, in the very least, evetually more hackers are going to have to start focusing on linux as well as window, which will divide their efforts. And of course, microsoft can then begin to recover from their mass attacks (though they may still be a corporate bully). And while linux will be easier to hack, do to the fact that no reverse enginerring is needed, that will also allow other people to see the errors, and mabye correct them sooner.$30-$78 for support? wow, that is nothing compared to MS's rates...of course MS doesn't charge on a yearly basis.....
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