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Linux.com: Brazil's FOSS Utopia Image at Risk

Jan 25, 2007, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"According to the international media, Brazil is a leader in free and open source software (FOSS) adoption. The New York Times describes the country as 'a tropical outpost of the free software movement,' while BBC News claims that 'Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software.' However, FOSS advocates familiar with Brazil describe a less hopeful situation.

"They talk about unsystematic support by the government, and a business atmosphere in which mention of FOSS is more about hype than understanding the underlying philosophy. They say violations of the GNU General Public License are commonplace. Some genuine FOSS adoption does happen, they say, but, too often, it is marred by inefficiency, and possibly widespread corruption..."

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