|FROM ||Dave Williams
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] I remember when the US was a leader in technology.
Is it too late to catch up?
Rio de Janeiro, 2 June (EFE) The Brazilian government plans to migrate
from Windows to Linux 80% of all computers in state institutions and
state-owned businesses, informed the daily newspaper "Valor". This will
be a gradual migration, that will begin with a pilot project in one
ministry and which will be completed over a period of three years,
according to official sources cited by the financial daily.
The goal of the migration is to save money by finding alternatives to
expensive proprietary licenses. Highlighting the gradual phase-in
approach that the Brazilian government has adopted, Sergio Amadeu de
Silveira, the president of the National Institute of Information
Technology, stated that "We are not just going to do a hasty migration".
He proceeded to say that "our main concern is the security and the trust
of our citizens. The biggest resistance to any change comes from the
existing cultural inertia".
The government, De Silveira explained, created two weeks ago the
"Chamber for the Implementation of Software Libre" to pave the way for
the upcoming migration.
A small part of the 2,095 million reals (about USD $700 million) that
the Brazilian government budgeted for information technology spending
goes to Microsoft, owner of the Windows OS. The government's decision to
adopt Linux, according to De Silveira, will boost the popularity of the
operating system among businesses and consumers. Moreover, it will
foster the production of local software and "democratize access to
knowledge", said De Silveira.
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