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CIO: The Penguin Sees Red

Jun 01, 2005, 22:00 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Open source computing has sparked a revolution in South America, but the heads of Microsoft say they aren't losing any sleep over the trend. With developing countries the world over looking to cut IT costs, maybe they should be...

"A determined government in South America's largest country wants to give Bill Gates a history lesson he will not forget. With just 14 percent of the population able to afford a computer, Brazil would seem an unlikely challenger to one of the world's most powerful monopolies. Despite solid growth in recent years it remains handicapped by an enormous $US215 billion foreign debt. But it is developing countries with lower per capita incomes that are leading the charge to open source..."

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