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The Wall Street Journal: You Say You Want a Revolution

Oct 06, 2006, 15:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Wagstaff)

"On the top floor of an otherwise nondescript shopping mall in south Jakarta, a little revolution is taking root.

"Perched between a meatball-soup stall and a department store stands a modest Internet café called SoNet, indistinguishable from others that dot the Indonesian capital. It's only if you step up to one of the 11 computer screens that you might notice their desktop software looks a bit different: It's not Microsoft Windows, although it looks a lot like it, with its start menus, buttons and windows. And it's not Apple, although with its color palette and uncluttered screen perhaps it could be. It's something called Ubuntu.."

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