Latin America continues to lead the way in promoting the use of open source software. Peru has just passed legislation that states: "The discovery of new information technologies, among them Free Software, has become an ideal instrument to assure the preservation of the State's data." The whole process and Microsoft's attempts to have the bill squashed is fascinating. I like the congressman's response to the Microsoft letter which states that the cost savings of OS software are a minor aspect of the Bill, but it is the other freedoms generated by such an Act that are critical: "Free access to public information by the citizen; Permanence of public data; Security of the State and citizens." We have much to learn from the global context re OS and how other countries view/use OS software.
Scraped from AlterSlash