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Jul 15, 2000, 16:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"In late 1998, a project named Scholar Net was launched with the ambitious goal of using Linux to provide computers and Internet service to every elementary and middle school in Mexico over a five-year period. A total of 140,000 new computer centers was the anticipated result."

"That project, somewhat scaled back and renamed Red Escolar Linux, is still winding toward that goal. Arturo Espinosa-Aldama, the project's founder, still runs the program from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). A fan of Richard Stallman's, Espinosa Aldama is careful to use the name GNU/Linux when referring to the software around which his project is based."

"The Scholar Net principle is simply stated. "Due to matters of cost, reliability and configurability," Espinosa-Aldama explained at the time of Scholar Net's initial implementation in 1998, "we plan to use GNU/Linux to replace the proprietary server options, and now, thanks to GNOME, the proprietary desktop application options."

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