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Microsoft in Peruvian open-source nightmare

Posted on 12 May 2002 by Demian Turner

In what must be a cornerstone event for the Open Source/Free Software movement, Microsoft now finds itself embroiled in a debate over the Peruvian government’s proposal to pass a bill that will make it illegal for any public entity NOT to use Open Source software.

Peruvian Congressman David Villanueva Nu?has written a scathing response to a letter sent by Microsoft claiming that it would be ‘economically uncompetitive’ for Peru to move forward with such legislation. Imagine!

So sit down, brew yourself a cup of coffee, and enjoy a great read.

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    Two pieces of Microsoft news today. tfofurn writes “According to this AP quickie and this Reuters story, both on Yahoo, Microsoft is donating ‘about 0,000 in money, software and consulting services to the Peruvian government for educational and “e-government” initiatives’ to Peru. The AP story mentions the conflict of this with Edgar Villanueva’s proposal to have the government use only open source software. Villanueva (/. interview), you may recall, wrote a famous letter to MS Peru a few months ago.” And many people have submitted stories about Windows XP Media Center, coming this winter to a living room near you.

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