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Open For Business: Brazil: The Hearth of FOSS

Jul 12, 2005, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Omar Tazi)

"I wrote a couple of pieces on the global wave of legislation which is inducing government-owned agencies and companies, to use FOSS except when proprietary software is the only option. This wave is primarily seen in Europe and developing countries. Some of the reasons behind this phenomenon are obvious (such as cost savings) and some are more subtle. Some experts believe there is a clear desire to break free from the U.S.' lock on the global software market/industry. Analysts say concerns about autonomy and national security are likely to drive passage of more laws discouraging use of proprietary software. Proponents of this wave like to call it 'software libre' to describe software that is not only free but whose development is not controlled by a single organization/company..."

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