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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."

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