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NewsForge: Open Source in Mexico - Part Two

Feb 14, 2003, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"While attending CONSOL 2003, I quickly realized that the Open Source movement in Mexico is just barely starting to discover business--or perhaps it's the other way around. In many ways, the idea of Open Source is much more political in Mexico than in the U.S., and there is a uniquely Mexican holdback to Open Source adoption that is, sadly, a reflection of some of the worst aspects of Mexican corporate and political culture.

"Mexico has a far greater rich/poor divide than the U.S. or Canada. Most of the country's largest companies are built on multi-generation inherited wealth. Tales of ordinary people--especially of poor people from the countryside or small towns--clawing their way into the middle and upper classes through innovation or business acumen are comparatively rare...

"Many of the educators I met in Mexico told me they see Linux and Open Source as a way to bring 21st Century technical employment opportunities to all Mexicans, not just to the upper classes..."

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