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The Global Desktop Project
UNU - International Institute for Software Technologyoriginal
Posted by giova on Oct 21 2007 19:48
By Scott McNeil - Jan 01 2006
It is widely acknowledged that Linux and open source solutions will find their biggest markets in developing nations, particularly China, East Asia, Brazil and South America.? While this is good news for western IT vendors selling open source based products, there remains a serious problem, namely that there are relatively low numbers of open source programmers in the developing world.? Should this situation persist, developing nations will simply remain consumers of open source products rather than participants in the larger open source market.? Being a "passive consumer" rather than an "active participant" is not in a developing nation's best interest as both government and business will miss out on what essentially is the power of open source: technological self-determination.

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