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Linux Journal: An Interview with Dr. Edgar Villanueva

May 24, 2002, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Dr. Edgar Villanueva has recently become somewhat of a celebrity in the Free Software and Open Source communities as a result of his legislative efforts favoring free software and his highly publicized, well informed and eloquent response (English translation here) to a Peruvian Microsoft executive's letter (English translation here).

"Much of the media coverage has focused on the letter and the response. An import part of the story, however, is how the proposal started and how it's garnered support. In the interview below, Dr. Villanueva graciously acknowledges the support of the Peruvian Linux Users' Group. In e-mail exchanges with Antonio Ognio, a Peruvian activist and PLUG member, we discovered that the LUG actually played an advisory role in determining the text of some of the more sensitive areas of the proposed law. The participation of LUGs in the drafting of legislation--that's grass roots at its finest.

"LJ What has been your exposure to, or experience with, free software?

"Villanueva I've kept up with the Free Software movement in Peru for several years. Both the philosophy that drives it and the fact that, for technical and economic reasons, this software allows the implementation of solutions for a range of organizations..."

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