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[News] Ecuador Ahead of the World with Democracy of Knowledge

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Democratization of Knowledge, P2P alternatives and more in Ecuador

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| I asked Marco Fioretti of the Italian Digifreedom to report on the congress 
| on free software and education that we both attended as speakers in Quito, 
| Ecuador, and which was organized and hosted by the Salesian teaching order, 
| who preferentially work with the children of the poor.   



Ecuador: A Weekend of Free Software Throughout the Country

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| In Ecuador, this event gathered a lot of attention, especially since the 
| President of the Republic, Rafael Correa, by means of decree No. 1014 of 
| April 10, 2008, ruled that the computers in the public administration should 
| utilize free software. This decree fulfills a promise made in a speech in 
| 2007 that would migrate all of the country's computers to these free systems.    


South America warms to Open Source

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| In South American countries, as in most other areas of the world, the 
| government is by far the biggest purchaser of software. Thus the Open Source 
| trend that is now established in the government sector across the continent 
| will doubtless spur Open Source adoption in the private sector.   
| There are a variety of motives for Open Source adoption in play in there, 
| from the reduction in software costs to the desire to provide a "leg-up" to 
| the local software industry. However, the motivation of the Peruvian 
| government is unique in that the Peruvian supporters of the bill see "Open 
| Source" as a citizen's right. The ownership and responsibility for the use of 
| data and software have become a political issue in Peru.     
| This is an idea that is unlikely to go away.


South American Software Development

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| Who ultimately forced Sun to open-source Java? Was it external pressure, 
| either from Java developers or the open-source community? Or was it internal, 
| perhaps a mandate from CEO Jonathan Schwartz?  
| Answer: None of the above. According to Jonathan himself, it was Brazil.



Success for free software in Latin America!

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| And today was the day that the president elect pronounced himself in
| favor of migrating to free software!
| [...]
| Ecuador is a small country, with a population hovering around 13
| million inhabitants. About 80% of the population is poor. A good
| half of the entire population barely has resources to eat.
| [...]
| Evidently, monopoly rents (licenses) in proprietary software are
| simply incompatible with our economy. If we want to take advantage
| of computers, our only options are the GNU and Linux systems ands
| oftware out there. Otherwise, we'll be attempting to out-compete
| the competition, using their ground rules. Ha!


Ecuador migrates to Free Software and Open Standards

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| On April 10, 2008, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa Delgado signed a decree 
| ordering that the software used by public administrations in the country be 
| free software (and implicitly based on open standards). Fuller story in 
| Spanish...   


Venezuela Launches Sale of "Bolivarian" Computers

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| The new computers will run the open-source Linux operating system 
| and will first be used inside the government "missions" and state 
| companies and institutions but eventually are expected to be sold 
| across Venezuela and Latin America.


Gates promotes PC training in Colombia

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| The government and Microsoft also two signed agreements Monday
| stressing Uribe's strong commitment to Microsoft products at a
| time other countries in the region are promoting the non-proprietary
| Linux operating system.

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