"Other Latin American nations, like Brazil, Argentina and Peru,
have moved to promote the use of nonproprietary software,
downloaded freely from the Internet, as a way to keep costs low and
to create more opportunities for their own nascent software
industries. Though Microsoft's Windows operating system still runs
on about 9 of 10 desktop computers worldwide, Linux and other
open-source programs have made inroads, especially in running
"The municipal government of Mexico City, run by opponents of
Mr. Fox's National Action Party, has been phasing in open-source
software to run services like auto registration.
"But proponents of open-source computing complain that they are
being left out of the e-Mexico project because they lack the
resources to offer multimillion-dollar donations..."