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Reuters UK: Brazil to Train 1,000 Workers to Use Free Software

Mar 12, 2004, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Brazil's government says it will train a thousand state workers to use freely available software as part of an effort to save more than 18 million pounds in information technology costs.

"'One of the main objectives is to train people to spread knowledge to other federal public workers,' said Carlos Ceconi, chief of Brazil's state-funded Institute of Information Technology's (ITI) office, on Thursday.

"Foreign governments are increasingly encouraging their IT workers to adopt open source software, which can be copied and modified freely, unlike proprietary software such as Microsoft's Windows..."

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