LinuxWorld Australia: Brazilian Parliament to Adopt Free Software
Aug 28, 2003, 20:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ricardo Cesar)
"In yet another display of strong support for freeware, Brazil's
federal government promoted from Aug. 18 to 22 the 'Legislative
Free Software Week,' a joint initiative of the House of
Representatives and the Federal Senate.
"Since Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the left-wing Workers' Party
(PT) took office as Brazil's president in January, the government
has been very clear about its bias towards open source software.
Members of PT argue that the country pays US$1.2 billion per year
in royalties and licenses to use proprietary software and that open
source would allow transference of programming know-how to