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January 01, 2005

Open Source Expands in Developing World

Venezuela is moving its government operations to Linux:

Venezuela is expected to save millions of dollars on Microsoft licence fees by migrating to Linux. In 2004 it paid $7.5m in licence fees, according to Venezuelanalysis.com.

Linux has already been used by Venezuelan companies for a number of years. In 2001, Venezuelan bank Banco Mercantil was one of the world's first major financial institutions to port its back-end infrastructure to Linux.

Venezuela joins other latin america countries in making the transition:
Other countries in Latin America are making the same choice. A survey released earlier in December found that 42 percent of Argentine companies are using Linux. Brazil also uses open source: earlier this year the Brazilian state of Parana said that it would be moving 10,000 government employees to an open source email and calendaring application.
Having had to actually pay for an upgrade to Windows XP for a computer (unavoidable for various work-related reasons), there is a bit of sweet justice that the developing world is slowly delivering the slow end of Microsoft's death grip on the computing world.

Posted by Nathan at January 1, 2005 01:03 AM