About Us

Software Freedom!


Retention Range is an open source solutions company headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. As the name suggests we believe that there must be a measure of retention in the money that enterprises spend to buy the software products that they use. This necessary retention range in software purchase can only be achieved through Software Freedom.

It is important to us that you are empowered by your software solutions to meet all your business needs. Our objective is to give you the flexibility and control over your computer solutions thus empowering you to take your business to greater heights.

Our philosophy is anchored on the four software freedoms defined by the Free Software Foundation:-

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
  • The freedom to study how the program works and adapt it to your needs.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others.
  • The freedom to improve the program and release your improvements to the public, so that everyone benefits.

We also actively support the on-going Global Open Hardware and Open Document Initiatives.

Join us as we promote these platforms that will enable all nations to participate in the 4th industrial revolution.

What We Do

Retention Range develops enterprise solutions based on open standards in line with Free Software Foundation and Open Source Intiative principles. We are part of the international open source development community participating in the development of softwares for personal and corporate use across various sectors. As an open source solutions company, we mirror some open source resources to facilitate local and regional access. We have teams of developers engaged in various software projects, all meant to provide enterprises with high quality and affordable solutions to efficiently run their businesses. Our solutions enrich our customers by exposing them to the freedoms of open source.

We are a computer manufacturer of RETENTION Desktop computers and RETENTION Laptop computers. Our Computer Assembly Plant is located in Gaborone, Botswana. RETENTION computers help retain money in your pocket, they are cheaper.

We are currently manufacturing the followinging range of computers:-

  • Retention classic – Open source operating system computers running Linux Mint for home and office use.
  • Retention Edu – Open source Educational Computers running Ubuntu for schools and students at home.
  • Retention Legacy – Proprietary operating system computers running Microsoft Windows for home and office use

We also distribute various computer components and CCTV solutions from our partners.

Our current markets are Botswana, SADC and Africa. We are headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana.


To enrich enterprises by exposing them to the freedoms of open source


To have Free Libre Open Source Solutions (FLOSS) in use across all sectors of the economy


  • Customer Centric
  • Botho - Ubuntu
  • Openness
  • Software Freedom
  • Many eyeballs, No bugs

Latest News

Introducing RETENTIONedu
Educational Computers for Botswana

June 19th 2018: RETENTIONedu is an educational computer for schools and students at home. It comes preinstalled with educational content and offers a dynamic learning experience. RETENTIONedu belongs to RETENTION brand which has two other product suites.

RETENTIONedu comes pre-packaged with educational content for Pre-school, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students. The educational material is a combination of visual...


28th March 2018 -Retention Range (PTY) Ltd launches Botswana’s locally produced Desktop Computer. With the increase in costs associated with ICT, Rentention Range has taken an initiative to produce a range of affordable Desktop Computers for the people and businesses across all sectors of the economy. Their Brand, RETENTION, brings to the nation RETENTION CLASSIC for home and office, RETENTION EDU tailored for students from Pre Schools to tertiary and RETENTION LEGACY for Office and home use.


Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 23, 2017 – Collabora Productivity, the developers behind LibreOffice Online, has partnered with Retention Range in Botswana, making Collabora Online available for the first time in Africa...