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NewsForge: New U.N. Open Source Agency: What Value Does it Offer?

Aug 31, 2004, 16:45 (7 Talkback[s])
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"It is unclear whether international workers wearing blue helmets will soon be distributing bootable Linux CDs to the world's population of computer users, but the United Nations has launched a new free and open source software promotion effort dubbed the International Open Source Network (IOSN).

"The new initiative, a project of the international body's Asia Pacific Development Information Program, shapes its activities around Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies and applications. Some people doubt the impact of the U.N. effort and question its industry support, but it nevertheless highlights growing pressure on a significant part of the world to use free and open source software..."

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