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NewsForge: New U.N. Open Source Agency: What Value Does it Offer?

Aug 31, 2004, 16:45 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"It is unclear whether international workers wearing blue helmets will soon be distributing bootable Linux CDs to the world's population of computer users, but the United Nations has launched a new free and open source software promotion effort dubbed the International Open Source Network (IOSN).

"The new initiative, a project of the international body's Asia Pacific Development Information Program, shapes its activities around Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies and applications. Some people doubt the impact of the U.N. effort and question its industry support, but it nevertheless highlights growing pressure on a significant part of the world to use free and open source software..."

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