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MSNBC: A Law to Mandate Open-Source?

Jun 24, 2002, 16:00 (12 Talkback[s])

"Computer software could make Bruno Crespo's job much easier--if only he had the cash. Crespo, the chief administrator of Callao, the port city that abuts Lima, has a long wish list: a new tax database, a computerized property registry and modernized desktop programs for 200 PCs, half of which run on Windows 95. But like all city governments in impoverished Peru, scarce revenues can barely provide for basic public services, let alone computer programs for municipal workers.

"Crespo says he would need $120,000 just to pay licensing fees for 200 versions of the latest Windows office suite. That alone is about four times Callao's annual computer budget.

"If Congressman Edgar Villanueva gets his way, Crespo might have some more maneuvering room. Swimming against the Microsoft tide, Villanueva is pushing legislation to obligate all public institutions to convert exclusively to open-source software..."

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