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Open source or proprietary software, which way to go?

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In the past week, the Kenyan media has been awash with reports that cyber cafes are ditching proprietary software for the perceived cheaper and user-friendly open source software.

This was prompted by a step up in the fight against piracy by software maker Microsoft in conjunction with the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo).

The duo has, in the recent past, raided several businesses suspected to be dealing in unlicensed Microsoft software, confiscating computers and instituting legal action against offenders.

The raid on businesses followed a 30-day amnesty that was issued by Kecobo in November 2011, urging end-users running counterfeit software on their computers to discontinue illegal use and acquire genuine versions without penalty.

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