"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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