July 16, 2002

Peru receives generous Gates donation

Mikael Pawlo writes: "As previously reported by Greplaw, Peru considers a law requiring governmental software to be free software. The prosposed law mandates that the government use only open source software. The move may stimulate the IT industry in the region, hence more development will be carried out locally. Yesterday Mr Bill Gates had a tete-a-tete with Peru president Toledo. The meeting ended with Microsoft donating 550 000 USD worth of software, cash and consulting to Peru. How this will affect Peru's move for free software is unknown, but The Register has an idea..."


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