Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Free Software Movement - Dr. Edgar Villanueva, Peru

There's a letter circulating, purportedly from Peruvian Congressman David Villanueva Nuñez to Microsoft Peru, which cuts the heart out of Redmond's chief 'panic points' to chill those considering open-source migration.

Apparently, the Peruvian government is considering a bill mandating open-source software for all public bureaux. From the congressman's letter, we gather that MS had circulated a FUD communiqué calculated to frighten world + dog with images of collapsing domestic software markets, spiraling costs and systems migration nightmares. Villanueva Nuñez slices and dices with great skill to reveal the internal inconsistencies, unsupportable claims and irrational conclusions which the MS flacks trade in.

The letter provides the most thoughtful and thorough rebuttal we've ever seen to Microsoft's standard open-source terror boilerplate.

1 comment:

yogijp said...

The Linchpin of Democracy

Peru has rivalled Brazil in proclaiming the open source revolution in the boldest terms. As early as 2002 the Peruvian government passed a bill that defended the mandatory use of open source software by the state as essential in fulfilling its obligations to its citizens.


Confident and outspoken, the former economics professor mixes IT with social responsibility. In his book Digital Exclusion: Misery in the Information Era, Amadeu argued that the enormous gap between Brazil's rich and poor would widen further unless the lower classes enjoyed the same access to technology as the wealthy.

Prior to ITI, Amadeu had put word into action by opening a network of 86 "Telecentro" free computing centres for the 11 million inhabitants of Sao Paulo, the world's fifth largest city. Running on open source software, the centres educate the poorer Paulistanos in the use of e-mail, Internet and word processing. Once appointed, Amadeu immediately set about putting Microsoft Brazil's future to the sword with a series of initiatives to strengthen the local open source software industry and phase out the use of proprietary software in government.