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Venezuela has just announced that the use of open source software will be given priority for all public administration in Venezuela! spanish version, babelfish english translation

This represents another major victory for free software!!

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Re: a major victory!!

Yes, this is a good decision indeed. Sometimes it seems a wee bit surprising that so many third and second world countries tend to favour Free Software.

I hope the Venezolan government and its administration organisations will really stand up to this decision. Interference from non-free s/w companies is to be expected and that may make matters difficult.

Cheers,
Dominik

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Re: a major victory!!
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incinerator wrote:
Yes, this is a good decision indeed. Sometimes it seems a wee bit surprising that so many third and second world countries tend to favour Free Software.

Well, i don't find it such surprising because the third and second world countries are more poor and therefore it is harder for them to pay for proprietary licencing and relicencing. FOSS is exactly what saves them.

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Re: a major victory!!

Well, unfortunately sometimes that is not the case. I can remember a particular German city council office thinking loudly about switching to GNU/Linux for their office computers. It got them a really nice discount from MS.

MS really has started to give significant discounts just to sell their software. This approach could work well in money-starved governments, and these exists in "richer" countries, too.

Howver, in the long run I agree with you. Being short of money is always a good incentive to switch to Free Software. One of the more popular examples in Germany is the Munich City Council which will adopt GNU/Linux for almost every office computer it owns.

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Re: a major victory!!

Well I read that Iranian government is switching to linux even though they are not part of the World Trade Organization and intellectual property does not exist there (meaning anyone can just install their own copy of microsoft for free)

That news should carry more weight...

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