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[News] Huge Win for GNU/Linux in Brazil: 324,000 More Boxes

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Now Brazil Goes Big on the GNU/Linux Desktop

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| At the end of last year I wrote about a big Brazilian project to provide 
| 150,000 GNU/Linux notebooks for schools. Now the Brazilian Ministry of 
| Education has topped that by ordering 324,000 "green" workstations running on 
| GNU/Linux (although I can't quite tell whether this is as well as or instead 
| of - anyone know?).    
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http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2009/02/now-brazil-goes-big-on-gnulinux-desktop.html

Brazilian Ministry of Education Embraces Open Source in a Big Way

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| The Brazilian government officially embraced open source software in its 
| schools, announcing it had selected Userful,Positivo, and ThinNetworks to 
| supply 324,000 virtualized desktops in each of the country's municipalities. 
| This is not only the largest deployment of virtualized desktops in the 
| world -- it's also the largest single deployment of Linux desktops.    
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http://ostatic.com/blog/brazilian-ministry-of-education-embraces-open-source-in-a-big-way


Recent:

Brazilian government lists preferred Open Source applications

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| The Brazilian government wants its public administrations to check an Open
| Source reference guide before launching new IT projects. This moves taken by
| the Government of the 5th world economy, confirms Brazilian leadership and
| long term commitment on open source software.
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http://www.zeapartners.org/articles/brazilian-government002


Brazil Seeks 150,000 GNU/Linux Notebooks for 300 Schools

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| It will be interesting to see who wins this contract, since it could well
| influence others looking to roll out large numbers of GNU/Linux notebooks.
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http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2008/12/brazil-seeks-150000-gnulinux-notebooks.html


Universities that do not use Free Software: Time for a boycott?

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| I received an email recently from a young man in Brazil who wanted me to come
| to his university and talk to the students and faculty about using Free
| Software. I am normally happy to advise universities to use Free Software,
| but usually this is done in conjunction with some large conference held at
| the university or some other venue. I just do not have the time to visit each
| and every school. But I did investigate the university of the student and
| found that Microsoft was indeed a sponsor of the University. In fact, the
| university had a large banner on the front page of their web site talking
| about Microsoft as a partner. It was the first time I saw a university
| advertising a commercial firm on their home page.
|
| I started doing a little more investigation of the student's city and found
| that there was another university in the same city that was very active with
| Free Software. In fact, they had a mirror of Debian software and were
| actively promoting Free Software.
|
| [...]
|
| Ten years ago a boycott might not have been possible. There were too few
| universities that had access to enough really good Free Software to ask the
| students to make a "sacrifice" in forsaking a university that only used
| proprietary software to teach. Now, with the range of Free Software that is
| available, and with the marketplace crying out for new programmers trained in
| Free Software development techniques, and with many more good universities
| using Free Software to teach courses, the university "marketplace" is ready
| for the boycott.
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http://www.linux-magazine.com/online/blogs/paw_prints_writings_of_the_maddog/universities_that_do_not_use_free_software_time_for_a_boycott


Free Software in the Stores

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| Today I was in a France-based store called fnac here in Brazil and I noticed
| some interesting free software packages available on the shelves:
|
|     * Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron"
|     * Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"
|     * OpenOffice.org 2.0
|     * Freedows 2004 Standard and Professional (does this distro still even
|     exist?)
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http://theunixgeek.blogspot.com/2008/08/free-software-in-stores.html


Linux in the Stores

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| Linux hardware is finally starting to make its debut in consumer stores. Here
| in Brazil, in the store Saraiva, I noticed two KDE 3-based laptops, both
| apparently built upon some version of Kubuntu; one wasn't that customized and
| had the normal bar and K menu at the bottom, and the other one was so
| customized at first I thought it was Vista with the taskbar put on the side!
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http://theunixgeek.blogspot.com/2008/07/linux-in-stores.html


Famelix and the dangers of combating Windows

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| As with any GNU/Linux distribution, exact figures for use are hard to come by
| for Famelix. However, other users of the distribution include 62 military
| units, and schools and digital inclusion centers throughout South America. On
| its home site, the distribution has had more than 22 million downloads -- at
| least 14 million of them in the last 12 months, thanks mainly to the first
|       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| releases to support German, English, and Italian in addition to the original
| Spanish and Portugese. By any standard, the distribution seems a success.
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http://www.linux.com/feature/135104


Related:

Deploying KDE [and Debian] to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
|
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.
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http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/04/deploying-kde-to-52-million-young.html


Brazilian government lists preferred Open Source applications

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| The Brazilian government wants its public administrations to check an Open
| Source reference guide before launching new IT projects.
|
| The "Instruction for Contracting IT Services" was published last week by the
| Secretary of Logistics and IT, part of the Ministry of Planning. The
| instruction is intended prevent equivalent software solutions from being
| developed several times.
|
| "The portal should be consulted by public managers before starting a new
| software development project, to check whether a comparable software solution
| already exists", an introduction on the web site explains. If a solution
| exists, the procurement can then be adapted to improve on that software
| project.
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7660/469


Litrix v7.4 Linux LiveCD

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| Screenshots gallery...
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=701&num=1


Brazilian banks look to Linux for ATMs

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| Brazilian banking giant Banco do Brasil this year is preparing to start a
| massive migration of one of the world’s biggest ATM fleets to the GNU/Linux
| operating system.
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http://www.atmmarketplace.com/article.php?id=9929&prc=12&page=42


The brazilian Election Supreme Court migrates 430 thousand voting machines to
GNU / Linux

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| The brazilian Election Supreme Court announced at April 4th 2008, that the
| 2008 elections at Brazil will use GNU / Linux electronic voting machines with
| software digital authentication.
|
| The Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (the brazilian Election Supreme Court),
| officially announced on April 4th, 2008, that the brazilian 2008 elections
| will use 430 thousand electronic voting machines migrated from VirtuOS and
| Windows CE to GNU / Linux and open source softwares for security and auditing
| defined by proper law.
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http://techforce.com.br/index.php/news/linux_blog/tse_migrates_to_linux


Linux Voting Machines Save US$ 8 Millions in Brazil

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| Brazilian Goverment will save US$ 8 Millions in election between 2008 and
| 2018. The economy is due to the use of Linux in the eletronic voting
| machines, made by Procomp-Diebold,
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http://www.brnews.info/index.php/2008/04/06/linux-voting-machines-save-us-8-milions-in-brazil/


Why Brazil Loves Linux

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| Brazil imported the anti-Microsoft stance common in American geeks, but on
| top of the usual arguments Microsoft is foreign. This adds fuel to the flame.
| To the Brazilian Microsoft hater, not only there is an “evil monopoly”, but
| its profits are repatriated and its jobs are elsewhere. Practices like the
| 3-program limitation on Vista Starter further erode good will (Brazilians
| call it the “castrated Windows” among other colorful names). Add a dash of
| anti-American sentiment and you’ve got some serious resistance. This fiery
| mood has a strong influence, from the teenager hanging out in #hackers on
| Brasnet to IT departments to the federal government. Even in a rational
| self-interest analysis, one might rightly point out that if free/open source
| software (FOSS) were to wipe out Windows, negative effects on Brazil’s
| economy are likely minimal. The wealth, jobs, and opportunity created by
| Microsoft aren’t in Brazil (productivity gains might be, but that’s a whole
| different argument). The trade offs of a potential Linux/Google take over are
| different when there’s no national off-the-shelf software industry, plus
| Google’s revenue model works beautifully in a developing country. This mix of
| ideological and rational arguments torpedoes Microsoft’s support.
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http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/post/why-brazil-loves-linux


Microsoft gouging Brazilians for 20 percent of income

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| Ever wonder why Brazil and other BRIC countries are so hot on open source,
| including Linux? Gustavo Duarte gives several reasons, not the least of which
| is the punitive pricing that Microsoft inflicts on these developing markets.
|
| In the case of Brazil, Microsoft pillages businesses to the tune of 20.1
| percent and consumers at a 7.8 percent clip. Some people pay tithing to their
| church; Brazilians are asked to pay a tithe to Microsoft. Perhaps this is
| indicative of Microsoft's self-important belief?
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http://www.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9934964-16.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=TheOpenRoad


Brazilian Enterprises Embrace Open Source

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| Linux and related open-source software has gained an increasingly important
| role among large local corporations in Brazil, according to a recent study.
|
| The Instituto Sem Fronteiras, a Brazilan research firm, found that 73 percent
| of companies with more than a thousand employees are open source users.
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http://www.crn.com/software/206904491
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