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SERPRO chooses Debian GNU/Linux

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| Brazilian state IT company SERPRO (US$ 1 billion annual revenue) has selected
| Debian GNU/Linux as their preferred distribution for its thousands of
| GNU/Linux development and production servers. The announcement occurred
| during Debian Day in Porto Alegre.



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.


Brazilian government owned IT enterprise SERPRO selects Debian GNU/Linux for
its servers and wishes to collaborate

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| The Servico Federal de Processamento de Dados (SERPRO), (a US$ 1 billion
| annual revenue Brazilian government owned IT enterprise), announced during
| the Debian Day Brasil 2008 Porto Alegre that it has selected Debian GNU/Linux
| as the preferred distribution for its hundreds of GNU/Linux development and
| production servers. Future SERPRO tenders and public hearings will include
| clauses requiring Debian GNU/Linux compatibility. Recent SERPRO tenders have
| already encouraged participation by small FLOSS regional companies, as well
| as Debian support services.


BrOffice, the Brazilian OpenOffice, with a life of its own

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| This is affirmed in practice by articles on BrOffice’s website, describing
| how the Digital Program of Paraná State has installed 40,000 copies of
| BrOffice.org at 2,000 state schools, which is 95.24% of the schools of in the
| state of Paraná. Another impressive number is that the House of
| Representatives of Brazil saved R$5 Million (USD$3 Million) by adopting
| BrOffice.org as their office suite.


Brazil begins using the Open Document Format

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| The Bras*lia Protocol (now translated to English) started the process of
| implementation of the Open Document Format (ODF) within the Brazilian
| Government. The Protocol was signed during the opening of CONSEGI 2008 by
| Bank of Brazil, Serpro, Dataprev, Post Office and Telegraph State Company
| (ECT), INPE (Institute of Spacial Researches), INPI (Institute of
| Intellectual Property), Ministry of Exterior Relations and others. All the
| institutions who signed the protocol are assuming the commitment to use the
| ODF standard, make it available to society-at-large, exchange documents
| between themselves in this format and to share solutions in open format. The
| news is on ODF Alliance website.


Deploying KDE [and Debian] 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.


Universities that do not use Free Software: Time for a boycott?

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| I received an email recently from a young man in Brazil who wanted me to come
| to his university and talk to the students and faculty about using Free
| Software. I am normally happy to advise universities to use Free Software,
| but usually this is done in conjunction with some large conference held at
| the university or some other venue. I just do not have the time to visit each
| and every school. But I did investigate the university of the student and
| found that Microsoft was indeed a sponsor of the University. In fact, the
| university had a large banner on the front page of their web site talking
| about Microsoft as a partner. It was the first time I saw a university
| advertising a commercial firm on their home page.
| I started doing a little more investigation of the student's city and found
| that there was another university in the same city that was very active with
| Free Software. In fact, they had a mirror of Debian software and were
| actively promoting Free Software.
| [...]
| Ten years ago a boycott might not have been possible. There were too few
| universities that had access to enough really good Free Software to ask the
| students to make a "sacrifice" in forsaking a university that only used
| proprietary software to teach. Now, with the range of Free Software that is
| available, and with the marketplace crying out for new programmers trained in
| Free Software development techniques, and with many more good universities
| using Free Software to teach courses, the university "marketplace" is ready
| for the boycott.


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:
| * * * Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron"
| * * * Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"
| * * * OpenOffice.org 2.0
| * * * Freedows 2004 Standard and Professional (does this distro still even
| * * 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!


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
| * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| 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.


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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