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IT-Director: Cuba and Venezuela--Unlikely Good Examples of Open Source Preference

Feb 21, 2007, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lawrence Dietz)

"A recent headline in my local paper, the San Jose Mercury News, attracted my attention: 'Cuba moving to ditch Microsoft, its products'. While many would tend to chalk this up to anti-US security paranoia, in my opinion this would be the wrong conclusion.

"During 2006 I had the opportunity of meeting with many government officials from around the world and uniformly they were all interested in one thing: saving money on their software license costs. While this was especially prevalent in Asia, this goal was not unique to developing countries. Even the most developed of nations such as Japan is aggressively exploring ways to make better use of open source software and reduce their dependency on Microsoft..."

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