ZDNet: Why the Third World Won't Save Open Source
May 05, 2005, 00:15 (12 Talkback[s])
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"The primary barrier to Linux growth is the cost of moving from
a Windows ecosystem to a Linux ecosystem. Developing nations,
however, have less existing IT infrastructure. Much as African
nations are bypassing wired telecommunications and moving straight
to wireless, why canâ€™t developing nations
bypass the Windows standard and grow a Linux ecosystem?
"First, donâ€™t underestimate the installed IT
base present in developing nations. Nations such as Brazil
arenâ€™t Zaire. Per capita GDP in Brazil is six
times that of China, and over half of the Czech Republic..."