Nigerian software vendor Leapsoft Ltd has launched a new Linux distribution, Wazobia Linux, aimed at meeting the needs of consumers, businesses, education, and government in West Africa.
With over 300 Linux distributions currently listed on DistroWatch.com you could be forgiven for thinking there are already more than enough to choose from, but local language and technical support are still potential adoption hurdles.
Lagos, Nigeria-based Leapsoft is aiming to over come those hurdles by providing its Linux distribution in Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, the three most spoken languages in Nigeria, as well as English. It is also aiming to translate Linux into popular African languages.
The operating system 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, amongst other things.
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.