The brazilian Election Supreme Court migrates 430 thousand voting machines to
GNU / Linux

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| The brazilian Election Supreme Court announced at April 4th 2008, that the
| 2008 elections at Brazil will use GNU / Linux electronic voting machines with
| software digital authentication.
| The Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (the brazilian Election Supreme Court),
| officially announced on April 4th, 2008, that the brazilian 2008 elections
| will use 430 thousand electronic voting machines migrated from VirtuOS and
| Windows CE to GNU / Linux and open source softwares for security and auditing
| defined by proper law.


OOXML: Brazil Says NO. Again.

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| It is now official. Brazilian vote was decided by consensus of the entire
| technical team, including Microsoft crew’s: OOXML does not deserve to be an
| international ISO standard. *

More OOXML BRM Messiness: A Delegate from Brazil Challenges "Law of Silence"

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| More issues now have surfaced regarding some tactics being used to get OOXML
| approved as a standard. This time it's from a delegate from Brazil, who is
| challenging the "Law of Silence," the expression he coined in an earlier blog
| post for the restrictions on revealing details of the BRM meeting. He alleges
| that he believes Microsoft has itself violated it. It relates to Microsoft's
| claim that 98% of issues were resolved at the meeting, which he says is
| inaccurate, but his question relates to why Microsoft can talk about the BRM
| and no one else can. He thought that number was handled at the BRM, when a
| slide with that figure on it was shown, challenged, and he thought handled;
| yet he hears from a colleague in Chile that the same slide just showed up
| there, with the same figure, and with Dr. Sam Gyun Oh's name on the slide,
| the Chairman of SC 34, in a "presentation made by Microsoft to demonstrate
| how everything was resolved in OpenXML". * * * * * *

Brazilian Enterprises Embrace Open Source

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| Linux and related open-source software has gained an increasingly important
| role among large local corporations in Brazil, according to a recent study.
| The Instituto Sem Fronteiras, a Brazilan research firm, found that 73 percent
| of companies with more than a thousand employees are open source users. *

South America warms to Open Source

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| In South American countries, as in most other areas of the world, the
| government is by far the biggest purchaser of software. Thus the Open Source
| trend that is now established in the government sector across the continent
| will doubtless spur Open Source adoption in the private sector. *
| There are a variety of motives for Open Source adoption in play in there,
| from the reduction in software costs to the desire to provide a "leg-up" to
| the local software industry. However, the motivation of the Peruvian
| government is unique in that the Peruvian supporters of the bill see "Open
| Source" as a citizen's right. The ownership and responsibility for the use of
| data and software have become a political issue in Peru. * *
| This is an idea that is unlikely to go away.


Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying 3000 Debian GNU Linux computers

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| The Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying more 3000 Debian GNU / Linux
| computers , with four multimedia terminals and compatible printers for
| installing at 3000 rural schools, with 36 months contractual support. This
| next bidding adds up to the previous 90000 Debian GNU / Linux computers,
| network and printers. * *

Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying 90,000 Debian GNU Linux computers

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| All computers will be installed at 9000 brazilian schools.

EnabledPeople & partners deploys 50,000 Linux desktops in Brazil January 6

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| BitWay Computadores, Imtech Brazil and EnabledPeople launch
| massive deployments of Linux PCs with preinstalled Linux XP
| Desktop software for Brazil goverment program