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Linux Friendly Brazil
brazzil.com (Leonardo Stavale)Aug 20 2004original
Posted by giovaAug 22 2004 - 21:47
Twenty percent of all computers used by the Brazilian ministries are running Linux and other open source software. In a few months this number should grow to 100 percent. Through its Digital Inclusion Program Brazil wishes to democratize the use of computers.
Government telecenters are being created throughout Brazil.
The Brazilian government wants to expand the use of free source software in public service because it has lower costs and can be an important tool in the effort to achieve digital inclusion (close the digital gap) and boost technological development.

According to Gustavo Noronha, who coordinates informatics at Brazil's Ministry of Cities, a fifth of all the ministry's computers now run Linux and other free source software and all of them should be doing so by 2005.

The executive secretary of the Presidential Staff, Swedenberger Barbosa, says that the government is working on its Digital Inclusion Program (PBID) which has already got 58 government units using free source software and will use it to deliver computer knowledge to low-income families.

The PBID has three structural levels: so-called telecenters where free internet access is available, community management of telecenters and the use of free source software in telecenters to keep them economically viable.

The use of free source software is central to the PBID. Besides lowering costs (licenses and royalties), it gives users an incentive to develop their own technology and the country has an opportunity to achieve independence in information technology.
 


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