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[News] GNU/Linux and Free Software in South America and Malta

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux and Free Software in South America and Malta
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 23:37:06 +0100
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Will 'Telecentros' Transform Cuba's Internet Access?

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| Another new development is arriving by way 
| of Brazil's "Telecentro" program. 
| Telecentros are public computer labs that 
| use open source software and provide free 
| Internet access. 
| [...]
| Open source software is playing a key role 
| in the Telecentros. Ryan Bagueros, the 
| owner and founder of NorthxSouth, a 
| software development company that describes 
| itself as a "network of open source 
| developers from all over the Americas," 
| said Brazil and other Latin American 
| governments are unenthusiastic about the 
| high cost and security leaks of U.S.-made 
| proprietary software. (Bagueros joined me 
| on a panel at the annual meeting of Roots 
| of Hope.) He noted that these Latin 
| American countries are investing heavily in 
| developing open source alternatives, and 
| expanded via email about the value of open 
| source software...


Malta Open Source End User Group 

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| Free Open Source Software (Foss) has 
| reached appropriate levels of maturity in 
| terms of quality and reach; Foss is also 
| being adopted as a mainstream solution and 
| also an alternative to proprietary 
| solutions. The Malta Information Technology 
| Agency (Mita) seeks to adopt cost-effective 
| and non-disruptive OSS within government 
| and is therefore seeking open 
| participation, collaboration and 
| transparency through the creation of a 
| Government of Malta Open Source End User 
| Group to become a major driving force 
| behind the evolution of Open Source 
| initiatives.



â 2 scheme for teachers and students for StarOffice 

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| Maltese students and teachers can purchase StarOffice applications software 
| for a once-only payment of â2.  



IBM Linux education programme [in Malta]

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| One of the ICT education initiatives is the Linux Education
| Programme, through which 60 persons who already work in the
| ICT industry ambit will certify themselves as Linux Entry
| Level Administrators.


Leo Brincat's missionary zeal - Malta and Open Source

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| While Labour "studies" what its weekly half-hour trip on the internet
| gives it, we are developing areas where we think the benefits of
| open-source technology can really make a difference.
| [...]
| Moreover, should he have researched even further he would have also 
| realised that we are taking our open standards policy even a step further 
| and extending it to cut across different technological platforms such as we 
| recently did with the eGovernment Web Framework when we extended it to 
| cover also Oracle technologies and are currently preparing for its final 
| extension into Linux.

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