Windows 98 ! That's surprising. I was also thinking along the lines of Microsoft Office since most computers come with Windows pre-installed along with a copy of the Windows OS CD. ???
On the issue of open source :
I also think that the government should adopt open source in all of it's operations. A poor country like ours should not be paying over a lot of money to Microsoft for licensing fees when there are alternatives avaliable. I suspect that get people re-trained and finding a company with a proven track record of provide support, to be the main reason why adopting open source will not be done.
Can anybody enlighten me on why the reluctance on the part of the government to make the switch? Is it just finding reliable support and the cost of training the main isssues?