"To get the economy of a developing country going, its
government must stamp out corruption, ramp up efficiency and use
open-source technology to build a cheap, reliable information
infrastructure, experts at a conference sponsored by the United
Nations told investors and policy-makers this week.
"By sticking with basic, low-cost, open-source technology,
developing countries have a better chance of establishing vibrant
economies, executives at the Net World Order conference said. The
event was held at technology trade show CeBIT in New York City and
was sponsored by the Business Council for the United Nations, a
U.N. strategy research center.
"'These countries need cheap and efficient technology to make
the giant leaps necessary to catch up with the rest of the world,'
said Bruno Lanvin from the World Bank. 'Many are now using Linux,
which looks to become the No. 1 operating system in China and India
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