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Brazil's love of Linux

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| Walk into the Ponto Frio electronics store here, which proudly displays a
| penguin-shaped logo, and you will find a healthy supply of Linux PCs
| alongside the usual Windows machines.


Don't bother, more MSFT pit than Linux

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| Ina Fried talks about Brazil's big Linux usage but right off the bat implies
| it is not what the people want. And not only does the author start putting
| Linux down right from the start, the author uses the last few paragraphs to
| promote Microsoft's agenda. Adding quotes such a 80% of Linux PCs get Windows
| installed by users within 30 days and another 10% in another 30 days. That's
| write, the Microsoft employee is quoted as saying that 90% of Brazils Linux
| PCs are getting user installed Microsoft Windows.
| The story is a pitch against Linux usage and very much about Microsoft's
| products and strategies. And the Microsoft employee also stated that Linux is
| good for Microsoft because it keeps them on their toes. He then goes on to
| say that it exposes where they need to do better with distribution. That is
| correct, not make better software but push harder in the distribution
| channel. That means limit choice folks.
| This is classic Ziff/Davis style of doing Microsoft PR work.


"There's a lot of Linux out there -- much more than Microsoft generally signals
publicly -- and their customers are using it..."

--Paul DeGroot, a Directions On Microsoft analyst.

At the moment, CNET also carries the big lie about Linux market share in
servers. Microsoft/IDC only count /revenue/ of /preinstallations/.


Free Software in the Stores

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| Today I was in a France-based store called fnac here in Brazil and I noticed
| some interesting free software packages available on the shelves:
| Â* Â* * Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron"
| Â* Â* * Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"
| Â* Â* * OpenOffice.org 2.0
| Â* Â* * Freedows 2004 Standard and Professional (does this distro still even
| Â* Â* exist?)


Linux in the Stores

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| Linux hardware is finally starting to make its debut in consumer stores. Here
| in Brazil, in the store Saraiva, I noticed two KDE 3-based laptops, both
| apparently built upon some version of Kubuntu; one wasn't that customized and
| had the normal bar and K menu at the bottom, and the other one was so
| customized at first I thought it was Vista with the taskbar put on the side!



Deploying KDE to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.


Famelix and the dangers of combating Windows

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| As with any GNU/Linux distribution, exact figures for use are hard to come by
| for Famelix. However, other users of the distribution include 62 military
| units, and schools and digital inclusion centers throughout South America. On
| its home site, the distribution has had more than 22 million downloads -- at
| least 14 million of them in the last 12 months, thanks mainly to the first
| Â* Â* Â* ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| releases to support German, English, and Italian in addition to the original
| Spanish and Portugese. By any standard, the distribution seems a success.


Brazilian government lists preferred Open Source applications

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| The Brazilian government wants its public administrations to check an Open
| Source reference guide before launching new IT projects.
| The "Instruction for Contracting IT Services" was published last week by the
| Secretary of Logistics and IT, part of the Ministry of Planning. The
| instruction is intended prevent equivalent software solutions from being
| developed several times.
| "The portal should be consulted by public managers before starting a new
| software development project, to check whether a comparable software solution
| already exists", an introduction on the web site explains. If a solution
| exists, the procurement can then be adapted to improve on that software
| project.


Litrix v7.4 Linux LiveCD

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| Screenshots gallery...


Brazilian banks look to Linux for ATMs

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| Brazilian banking giant Banco do Brasil this year is preparing to start a
| massive migration of one of the world’s biggest ATM fleets to the GNU/Linux
| operating system.


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.


Linux Voting Machines Save US$ 8 Millions in Brazil

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| Brazilian Goverment will save US$ 8 Millions in election between 2008 and
| 2018. The economy is due to the use of Linux in the eletronic voting
| machines, made by Procomp-Diebold,


Why Brazil Loves Linux

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| Brazil imported the anti-Microsoft stance common in American geeks, but on
| top of the usual arguments Microsoft is foreign. This adds fuel to the flame.
| To the Brazilian Microsoft hater, not only there is an “evil monopoly”, but
| its profits are repatriated and its jobs are elsewhere. Practices like the
| 3-program limitation on Vista Starter further erode good will (Brazilians
| call it the “castrated Windows” among other colorful names). Add a dash of
| anti-American sentiment and you’ve got some serious resistance. This fiery
| mood has a strong influence, from the teenager hanging out in #hackers on
| Brasnet to IT departments to the federal government. Even in a rational
| self-interest analysis, one might rightly point out that if free/open source
| software (FOSS) were to wipe out Windows, negative effects on Brazil’s
| economy are likely minimal. The wealth, jobs, and opportunity created by
| Microsoft aren’t in Brazil (productivity gains might be, but that’s a whole
| different argument). The trade offs of a potential Linux/Google take over are
| different when there’s no national off-the-shelf software industry, plus
| Google’s revenue model works beautifully in a developing country. This mix of
| ideological and rational arguments torpedoes Microsoft’s support.


Microsoft gouging Brazilians for 20 percent of income

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| Ever wonder why Brazil and other BRIC countries are so hot on open source,
| including Linux? Gustavo Duarte gives several reasons, not the least of which
| is the punitive pricing that Microsoft inflicts on these developing markets.
| In the case of Brazil, Microsoft pillages businesses to the tune of 20.1
| percent and consumers at a 7.8 percent clip. Some people pay tithing to their
| church; Brazilians are asked to pay a tithe to Microsoft. Perhaps this is
| indicative of Microsoft's self-important belief?


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.

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