" Alejandro Toledo, president of Peru, signed legislation this
week that allows public institutions to consider adopting
open-source software, another step forward for the open-software
movement. The legislation, which Peru's Congress approved in
September, allows government agencies and schools to choose between
proprietary software from companies like Microsoft or Oracle, as
well as open-source alternatives.
"Government agencies have been some of the largest and most
influential purchasers of open-source software, which can cost less
to buy and manage, according to advocates..."