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IDG.net: E-México favors Windows over Linux

Jun 13, 2002, 17:30 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scarlet Pruitt)

"While Linux is being embraced by a number of governments thanks to its perceived flexibility, relative security and bargain basement price, some open-source proponents are still finding it a hard sell when pitted against the reputation and resources of major vendors.

"Such is the case in Mexico, where an ambitious government project to build out the country's IT infrastructure and move its 100 million citizens online by 2006 is being sponsored in large part by Microsoft Corp. Through a series of deals, the software maker has agreed to invest an estimated $100 million in software and training for tens of thousands of teachers, technicians and professionals.

"Microsoft has pledged $60 million in software and training to help fund Internet kiosks that are being built in remote communities. The software maker has also allotted $10 million to train workers in small and mid-size businesses, along with an additional grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the country's Vamos México program to be used to move the countries libraries online..."

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