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Wired: Developing World Needs Linux

Jun 23, 2003, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

"To get the economy of a developing country going, its government must stamp out corruption, ramp up efficiency and use open-source technology to build a cheap, reliable information infrastructure, experts at a conference sponsored by the United Nations told investors and policy-makers this week.

"By sticking with basic, low-cost, open-source technology, developing countries have a better chance of establishing vibrant economies, executives at the Net World Order conference said. The event was held at technology trade show CeBIT in New York City and was sponsored by the Business Council for the United Nations, a U.N. strategy research center.

"'These countries need cheap and efficient technology to make the giant leaps necessary to catch up with the rest of the world,' said Bruno Lanvin from the World Bank. 'Many are now using Linux, which looks to become the No. 1 operating system in China and India soon...'"

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