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Open-source software urged for poor nations

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Activists at the World Social Forum, where Microsoft is viewed as a corporate bogeyman, urged developing nations yesterday to leap into the information age with free, open-source software.

I can say this is a very good development from a World Social Forum held at Brazil few days ago.

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Re: Open-source software urged for poor nations

This looks to me like another opportunity for enemies of free software to call free software movement communism, because WSF gathers mostly people that are politically left oriented (although they are not communists).

I can already see pro-MS people saying "Don't listen to those commies down there, they want to destroy this lovely economy of ours that MS represents.".

What is the status of WSF, I mean what reputation does it have throughout the world? I got a feeling that many people look at it as a left oriented gathering.

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Re: Open-source software urged for poor nations

Hmh.. yeah, it is possible that their reputation in the world may be wrong and thus, in their heads, this WSF FOSS endorsment of any kind could sound just like a proof that we're all old socialist communist folks...

Again, education is the key.

As for WSF support for free software, we have to be glad that they are on our side, no matter what. Furthermore, both us and them should somehow work against that common and wrong reputation about us.

Being a leftist is not automatically being a socialist/communist of every kind. As i understand that left-right scale. Leftists are "radicals" that lean more toward cooperative systems than the "right" orientation does, but not essentially communists or socialists.

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