"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..."