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First Monday: Development, Ethical Trading and Free Software

Jan 04, 2000, 04:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Danny Yee)

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"This paper makes the political and ethical case for the adoption of free software by Community Aid Abroad and other members of Oxfam International. It should be applicable to development agencies generally, and to other organisations with similar values...."

"Software is often prohibitively expensive. The standard price for an ordinary office package might be a year's income for most of the world's people. As one Mexican project adopting free software wrote:"

"The primary reason for reaching this decision was the kind of money we would have had to pay if we went for proprietary software: at US$55 for each machine with Win98 and Office, US$500 for every NT license and an average of six workstations and one server for 140,000 labs, that's a lot of money."

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