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NewsForge: University Students in Mexico Promote Free Software

Oct 20, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"The Congreso Software Libre y Nuevas Tecnologias was held last week in Villahermosa under the auspices of Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM). It was a student production, with mostly students in attendance. It was straight-up free software advocacy from start to finish. The state of Tabasco, in southern Mexico, is not exactly a computer science research hotbed, and 'Linux' isn't exactly a household word there. Yet.

"The biggest employer in town is Pemex, Mexico's government-owned oil company. Villahermosa is its center of operations. This means there is more money in Villahermosa than in many Mexican cities. While there is certainly plenty of poverty, there is also an overlay of money that happily supports BMW and Lexus dealerships and many restaurants and hotels that charge New York-like prices. Prodigy.mx has billboards all over the place advertising Internet access and a computer for about $30 per month..."

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