At opensource.com, local business owner Ty Hallock writes about Cameroon cyber cafe manager Marc Stephan Nkouly teaming up with the local developers of the open source operating system Peppermint to expand his business:
Open source makes a lot of sense in rural areas and in third world countries. Lightweight and open source systems that are easy to use, and which allow normal users to become power users and contribute back to the open source community, can be ideal for countries like Cameroon, located in middle Africa.
Marc Stephan Nkouly, the manager of a successful Cameroon cyber cafe, is growing his business into a hub for education, entertainment, and entrepreneurialism, with the help of the up-and-coming open source operating system Peppermint. Open source technologies help to level the playing field and build a worldwide community of contributors to and users of tools that are providing new educational opportunities, resources, and jobs.
Shane Remington and Kendall Weaver run Peppermint, which was designed to be lightweight, easy to use, and integrated directly with cloud-based applications. Their offices are in the small town of Hendersonville in the rural mountain of North Carolina near Asheville. The impact of their project spans the globe, with a thriving community of contributors and an ignited interest from locations like Cameroon.
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