"An open letter to Mexican President-elect Vicente Fox:
"Congratulations on your historic victory in the presidential
election. About 100 million Mexicans and others who love Mexico are
eager for change in your country, and they have high hopes when
your new administration takes office in December."
"But clearly, one issue of great importance is how to bring
Mexico into the "new economy" of the Internet, high tech and global
commerce. Mexico has many resources in technology to exploit, but
they have been obstructed by weak or bad government policies. You
can change this."
"Let me offer you some suggestions on how you might start."
"First, Mexico's future lies with free, "open source" software
like the operating system Linux, and Gnome, another open-source
effort to build a Windows-like screen. Gnome itself was developed
by a young Mexican programmer, Miguel de Icaza, who is 27 years
old. This summer, De Icaza started the Gnome Foundation
(http://www.gnome.org) to unify and stabilize the Linux desktop
software, and he acquired the support of IBM, Sun Microsystems,
Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, among other major U.S. companies. He is
a hero to young programmers around the world, and he should be a
hero to all Mexicans. You should meet with Miguel de Icaza and get
to know him and young people like him. They are the best hope for
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