Wired: Linux: The Next Generation
Dec 03, 2003, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Sterling)
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"The autonomous region of Extremadura, in the bucolic southwest
of Spain, is all hills, grapes, oaks, and olive groves. Centuries
of industrial progress have breezed right by this place. Today it's
an ecotourist bird sanctuary dotted with timeless farming villages.
In the long siesta hours, dogs practically amble after cats.
"But this quaint haven has suddenly become a bastion of Tux the
Penguin. Extremadura has gone whole hog for free software:
¡Software libre para la libertad! Its government has
minted some 80,000 CDs to marinate the populace in Linux. Social
workers carry the latest open source code to remote schools,
municipal offices, and city-funded ISPs. Thanks to Juan Carlos
Rodríguez Ibarra, the left-wing academic who became regional
president and has dominated local politics for the past 20 years,
the Global Project for the Development of the Information Society
aims to give every resident access to the knowledge gathered by
humanity throughout history..."