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Brazzil.com: Brazil: Microsoft, Go Home

Aug 21, 2003, 13:00 (17 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Deivy for this link. ]

"The political decision to adopt and stimulate the use of open platforms and free software programs in Brazil has already been taken and was reinforced by important Brazilian government officials at the opening of the seminar, 'Free Software and the Development of Brazil,' on Tuesday (19), in Brasília.

"Speaking on behalf of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the head of the Presidential Civilian Advisory Staff, José Dirceu, defended the government's use of free software and announced that on August 25-26, his staff will conclude a strategic plan for the implantation of the open system in the federal government.

"According to the Minister, the adoption of the open system, more than a political decision, represents a strategic decision for the development of the country, which will be able to produce goods with greater aggregate value and save on royalty payments to owners of proprietary software. 'Free software is here to stay,' affirmed Dirceu, adding that the federal government already has eight chambers to discuss matters related to information technology...."

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