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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing KwaMoja?

We can imagine a lot of people are wondering why we are doing yet another open source ERP system. So why are we doing it?

WebERP has long been a popular ERP in developing countries as it has low a footprint and fast speed even on old hardware.

However WebERP has long had management issues, and many arguments on the mailing lists.

We believe to be really successful an open source project needs more openness and honesty in its management.

It must try to actively encourage participation, not just at the lowest levels but all through the project.

In WebERP those who have disagreed have tended to get shouted down, and if they persist they have been banned from the mailing lists.

Technical discussions can get heated, but are an important part of open source, and should be encouraged. If you find you have lost a discussion then you should give in gracefully and accept the general opinion. This has not been the case with WebERP. So what we are trying to do at KwaMoja is to take the good points from webERP, throw away any bad points, and look to build the project for a successful future. We plan to take any contributions to webERP and integrate them into KwaMoja whilst also incorporating our own new features.

Can I upgrade from WebERP?

Simple answer Yes. It is our intention to always keep data compatibility with WebERP so that any user of webERP can easily upgrade to KwaMoja. The intention is to extend KwaMoja with additional functionality that webERP does not have, but to keep the existing functionality the same. We hope this makes an easy transition for everybody.

Who owns the copyright?

The final spark that caused us to make this fork was when the webERP admin Phil Daintree decided to claim the copyright on the whole code base for himself. We firmly believe that the copyright should belong to the individual contributors, and this will always be so on KwaMoja.