Monday, October 03, 2005

Open Source

According to the Inquirer, Peru’s Congress approved the legislation, prohibiting public institution from purchasing computer equipment that ties users to a particular type of software or limits information autonomy. The Seatlle Post also has a story here.

The only glitch is that President Alejandro Toledo can refuse to sign the bill into law. The Inquirer said that in the past, Toledo appeared alongside King William Gates III to announce the donation of $550,000 in money, software and consulting services to the Peruvian government for educational and "e-government" initiatives.

My view is that if Toledo signs this bill, it would save significantly more money for the government than $550,000 that gates donated. And if he does sign the bill, it would be a boost to Linux and other Open Source software.


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