Brazil’s government show that they support open source

“Increasingly, Brazil’s government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of ‘open-source’ or ‘free’ software, like Linux” (2 June, 2005)

I support this. PC retailers are increasingly offering PCs with a choice of operating system. And for example, OpenOffice is a real alternative to the proprietary MS Office. Public sector organsations should be finding it increasingly difficult to justify spending tax dollars on software license fees where credible freely available alternatives are available.

This growing trend should continue as organisations software systems are increasingly deployed as web based applications which if implemented appropriately, are not dependent on a proprietary host operating system.

There are so many public sector organisations across the world. So many semi-autonomous regions in each nation. While they each continue to buy Microsoft products, they are open to criticism.


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