Open source could be Brazil's real advantage
Jun 09, 2010, 12:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Angelica Mari)
"Evidence of that potential is the work carried out by Serpro,
the government-owned provider of ICT services to the public sector
and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Latin America.
For example, the agency generated R$ 370m (£137m) in savings
between 2003 and 2009 just by allowing citizens to submit income
tax self assessments online with open-source solutions.
"In the private sector, noteworthy companies working with open
source software include Metasys, which develops educational
software based on Linux to promote digital inclusion in schools.
The company's software covers thousands of schools across Brazil
and its products underpin major projects led by the Brazilian
digital inclusion taskforce."