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Re: 500,000-Seat GNU/Linux Deployment in Brazil

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Sunday 18 Sep 2011 12:36 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>> LinuxCon: The world's largest Linux desktop deployment
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Userful deploys Linux in very large-scale "digital inclusion" projects ???
>>| such as schools in second- and third-world environments ??? including the
>>| world's largest, a 500,000 seat deployment in Brazil.
>> `----
>> https://lwn.net/Articles/455972/
> But:
>    Where open source is silently ceding the field
>    Yet despite those mandates, he said, Microsoft Windows often ends up
>    ultimately getting deployed instead. There are many reasons why,
>    including lobbying efforts, entrenched players, politics, and money.
>    But the troubling part is that the open source community has no
>    response to these gambits, even when they are based entirely on FUD
>    and distortion. The major commercial Linux distributions (Red Hat,
>    SUSE, etc.) put no effort into competing for green field
>    deployments, and offer no on-the-ground field support to those who
>    lobby and bid for the contracts.
>    There is not an easy solution; what is needed to improve the
>    situation includes better coverage of the large-scale success stories
>    to counteract FUD and even outright lack-of-knowledge. Griffin told
>    an audience member that there are many non-governmental organizations
>    (NGOs) working in impoverished nations that run Windows on their
>    computers solely because they have no idea that Linux even exists. In
>    fact, he added, they pay full price for their licenses, when they
>    could save considerable money just by telling Microsoft they were
>    considering Linux and getting a steep discount in return.

Microsoft is not a technology company, it's a mindset or a movement, :-)

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