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Wired News: Peru Discovers Machu Penguin

Apr 23, 2002, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julia Scheeres)

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"With a bill on the table that would mandate the use of free software in government computers, Peru has become the latest Latin American country to seek alternatives to what some call another form of Yankee imperialism: proprietary software.

"Mexico, Argentina and Brazil have all pursued similar measures in a government-led movement that is sweeping the region and carries both pragmatic and philosophical overtones.

"On a practical level, proponents say that switching to open-source programs -- which allow users to view and modify the underlying code that makes the computer operate -- can save countries millions of dollars that are now spent on licenses for proprietary software, whose code is hidden..."

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