April 22, 2004

Brazilian ministries plan move to free software

Brazil's left-leaning federal government is set to adopt free software on a big scale in an effort to save taxpayers billions of dollars and increase
independence from multinational suppliers such as Microsoft.

At least five ministries in the federal government are to switch their internet web servers and most desktop computers to free software, such as
Linux, the alternative operating system to Microsoft Windows. Already nearly a dozen government agencies, including the defence ministry, have used
free software on a trial basis.

Link: news.ft.com


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