Windows Takes Another Hit

By Deane Barker on November 16, 2003

Brazil Leans Away From Microsoft: First China, then Korea and Boston, now Brazil.

“We have some islands in the federal government using open-source, but we want to create a continent,” said Amadeu, a former economics professor who gained fame before joining Silva’s team by launching a network of free computer centers in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

Amadeu, who uses a Linux laptop in his office in an annex of Silva’s presidential palace, authored the book “Digital Exclusion: Misery in the Information Era,” which argues that the gap between the needy and the wealthy will only deepen unless the poor have easy access to the technology that the rich have at their fingertips, especially in developing countries like Brazil.

I’m thrilled about this. This is the key to closing the technology gap, which is also why the antics of SCO irritate me so. Linux isn’t just a toy — it’s a key tool for the third world in the coming years.



  1. I recently switched to LInux as my primary OS on my laptop, and I’ve got to say that after a month of daily use, I’ve found nothing that I can’t do with it, almost exclusively through slick, skinnable GUI interfaces. These days, once you’ve got things set up, there’s little reason to trek to the command line. Want a browser? Firebird. Email? Thunderbird, or Ximian evolution for the outlook addicts. Burn CD’s? Yep. Video? No problem. I can even read, write and edit any MS Office documents I run across. In the case of some Windows-only programs, you can usually get Wine to run them with a bit of tweaking.

    With a range of distributions catering to different skill levels from novice to expert, Microsoft needs to start watching its back.

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