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NY Fears About Microsoft Return, in Mexico

Apr 26, 2002, 01:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Gori)

"Other Latin American nations, like Brazil, Argentina and Peru, have moved to promote the use of nonproprietary software, downloaded freely from the Internet, as a way to keep costs low and to create more opportunities for their own nascent software industries. Though Microsoft's Windows operating system still runs on about 9 of 10 desktop computers worldwide, Linux and other open-source programs have made inroads, especially in running servers.

"The municipal government of Mexico City, run by opponents of Mr. Fox's National Action Party, has been phasing in open-source software to run services like auto registration.

"But proponents of open-source computing complain that they are being left out of the e-Mexico project because they lack the resources to offer multimillion-dollar donations..."

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