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[News] Brazil Found Digital Freedom in GNU/Linux and Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Brazil Found Digital Freedom in GNU/Linux and Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 16:11:44 +0100
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Brazil is Free

,----[ Quote ]
| The government of Brazil is widely promoting 
| FLOSS. For the army, reasons given include:
|     * 1) Cost savings in the medium and long 
|     term with proprietary software.
|     * 2) Major security, stability and 
|     availability offered by SL.
|     * 3) Elimination of mandatory changes that 
|     closed models require periodically its 
|     users, due to the discontinuity of supported 
|     versions.
|     * 4) Technological independence.
|     * 5) Development of local knowledge.
|     * 6) Chance of auditability of the systems.
|     * 7) Independence from a single supplier



Brazil Wants To Be The Next India and Open Source Is Their Secret Weapon

,----[ Quote ]
| Going back 5 or 6 years, Brazil tried to free
| itself of Microsoft's stranglehold on the
| software it used. It put a big push into
| supporting, using and lead development in open
| source software technology.
| Much the same way it supported the use of bio-
| fuels like ethanol, this has led to Brazil
| being less dependent on Microsoft and other
| closed source software. Additionally, a
| booming open source development community has
| been fostered and cultivated.


Open source could be Brazil's real advantage

,----[ Quote ]
| According to Grynzspan, what started as a
| protest against Microsoft of sorts
| motivated thousands of Brazilians to
| contribute with the development of open-
| source tools. This market is now very well
| developed and is hugely attractive -
| particularly for cash-strapped countries
| such as the UK - however the Brazilian
| government needs to do more to unlock that
| potential and promote it to prospective
| buyers.

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