Open source software for low-bandwidth consumers

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Techies the world over know that open source computer operating system Linux can compete head to head with high-priced commercial counterparts such as Windows, Unix and Mac OS. While free is a great price for anyone, consumers in developing societies often don’t have access to a broadband internet connection. Which means their access to Linux and other open source software is very limited. Unless there’s a Freedom Toaster around. As those behind the South African venture explain, a Freedom Toaster is much like a candy vending machine. Users insert a CD, follow the easy instructions on the touch-screen monitor and—presto—a…

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