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Linux Journal: Software Livre!

Jun 07, 2002, 21:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Maddog Hall)

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"'Software Livre! Software Livre! Software Livre!'...the words got louder and louder like a chant. No, not like a chant, it was a chant--and I was leading it! Hundreds of people were in the Forum Internacional for Software Livre held May 2-4, 2002, chanting 'Software Livre' (free as in freedom). While this was only a small fraction of the 2,900 people who attended, it was late at night, after the event closed, and they were still talking to each other, still enthusiastic.

"Held in the port city of Porto Alegre, in the southernmost state of Brazil, it was a different culture than the other six times that I had been to Brazil. What Porto Alegre lacked in the physical beauty of Rio de Janeiro or the beaches of Recife, it made up with the intensity of the conference and the warmth of the people.

"Several things made this conference stand out from some of the others I have attended..."

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