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An Interview with an Extremadura Developer: Bringing Linux to the Masses

Feb 10, 2008, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"RH: Can you tell us more about the Extremadura region? What is it that makes your region special in terms of what you are doing?

"DC: It's a beautiful place, really a great place to live in. However, Extremadura has a big problem: its population density is very low, with 1 million people spread over 40,000 km2, most living in provincial villages scattered around the region. In reality, Extremadura has only three 'big' towns, Mérida, Badajoz and Cáceres. This demographic structure had severe consequences on development of the telecommunications and IT sectors. Private companies don't see Extremadura as a lucrative market, it would require a big initial investment since the region is huge (larger than Belgium), providing little or no profitability due to the low population..."

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