[p2p-research] Free Software and Digital Inclusion in Brazil
samuel.rose at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 16:35:58 CET 2009
On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 7:59 PM, Kevin Flanagan <kev.flanagan at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is a really passionate speech for Free Software by Brazilian
> president Lula da Silva.
> A 20 minute video - Lula da Silva, Brazilian President, talks about
> the importance of Free Software and the Internet at the 10th Free
> Softaware Internacional Forum, in Porto Alegre, Brazil - June 26th,
> The scale at which the government is implementing these changes is
> really inspiring,
> from -
> Brazilian government to deploy 53k open source labs serving 52 million
> students (April 24, 2008)
> "One of the great announcements made at FISL this year was that the
> Brazilian Ministry of Education is currently in the process of
> deploying 53,000 computer labs with all open source software and 52
> million students will have access to these labs. The computers in the
> labs will be running a Linux distribution called Linux Educacional
> which is based on Debian and KDE as a desktop. By the end of this
> year, there will already by 29,000 of these labs open and available!
> Each lab contains a server and 15 terminals to use. Many of the slides
> from the presentation are online and translated to English. Doing some
> rough estimates, even if Microsoft gave a 50% educational discount,
> the cost of this project with Windows would be $79.5 million USD
> (around 100 million Reais, the Brazilian currency) before even one
> computer was made available because that would just be the licensing
> fees. A project like this enables one to see the scope of the benefits
> that open source provides — given the state of public schools in the
> United States, it is nearly a crime that almost every school district
> continues to pay our tax dollars to Microsoft."
I wonder if Brazil would be interested in taking even 1/16th of what
this would have cost from Micosoft and investing in development of
F/LOSS for flex fab, food production, agro-eco-systems management, and
ecologies of collaboration, and open education?
> Also see -
> Is this the largest state supported adoption and implementation of
> free software on earth?
> Im interested to find out more about how this is working out.
It could be that China has a similar deployment, but possibly not as large.
> Kevin F
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