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Open Source wins…

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From FFI

linux-penguin

The president of Spain, Mr. Zapatero, yesterday confirmed publicly that “Bill
Gates told me that ‘there was a region in Spain that shines as a world leader
because the extension of the new technologies and the open source in it, and
this region is Extremadura”.

http://devolucion.org/school20 [English]
http://devolucion.org/educacion20 [Spanish]

All this happens in the middle of a strong battle opened in Spain for the
digitalization of its whole low and medium educational system with 2,6 mio.
mini-laptops, as recently was promised in the Parliament by Mr. Zapatero.

Microsoft has been hiddenly working since months ago to get all them with
Windows, but of course the strong Spanish open source community rejects to pay
Microsoft with the Spaniards’ taxes for something that can be easily replaced
for free by open source software as has been demonstrated in many so populated
regions of the country during the last 10 years. And less taking in care the
strong economical crisis that is suffering the country with currently near to
20% of its population unemployed.

But the confrontation has moved also to the Government and its party, the PSOE
(social-democrats), because the Ministry of Education, via Ms. Eva Almunia, is
trying to promote the Windows solution, while the party push ideologically for
the open source one as said by its number three: Ms. Leire Pajín.

For sure more news will come…  😉

Saludos from an day after day hotter Spain,

Alberto Barrionuevo
Ex President FFII
www.ffii.org
For FFII matters, please, contact to President Benjamin Henrion

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