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Wired: Linux: The Next Generation

Dec 03, 2003, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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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..."

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