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[News] Ecuador Migrates to Red Hat GNU/Linux in Government

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Ecuador's Internal Revenue Service Selects Red Hat Solutions

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| Open source solutions Red Hat announced that Ecuador's Internal Revenue 
| Service, SRI Ecuador, has developed a stable and secure platform for its 
| Internet-based tax return project using a combination of Red Hat Enterprise 
| Linux 5 and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.   



President of the Ecuador Rafael Correa Talks About Free Software

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| For that, everyone must use free software. The Ecuadoran government has
| already established this as a governmental and state policy. This will be an
| important step in the integration and, why not say, for the liberation of
| Latin America.


Ecuador: Two Years After Correa's Meeting With Stallman

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| It's been two years since Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa personally met
| with Richard Stallman [es], free software activist. Rafael Bonifaz reflects
| back on the meeting and what has happened since.


A look at free software in Ecuador

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| FOSS in the Government
| A recent presidential decree mandates that most national Public
| Administrations migrate entirely to Free Software. Ing. Mario Albuja, head of
| the Subsecretariat for Information Technology of the Presidency of Ecuador,
| explained during the congress the reasons and the general guidelines of this
| initiative. Later on, I was able to get more details in a couple of meetings
| with the members of his staff. Among the most important things going on right
| now there are the studies and tests for a Government digital signatures
| application which runs on Gnu/Linux and a unified document management system
| for 45 central Public Administrations. There is also a field trial of the GPL
| hospital management software Care2X in the works.


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.

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