I would like to add some details beyond the interview's scope.
My mother works for Embrapa, a semi-state Brazilian agricultural
research corporation. She is geographer, working on GIS projects at
national level and academic R&D at international level.
Some published works can be found at http://www.cnpm.embrapa.br/en/index.php
The company is currently moving strategic groups to Linux and open
source in general. The site above reveals some trends. The phased roll
out to most users is being addressed.
Closed source licensing is an issue for developing countries where money
is not always spent wisely. However Brazil is trying to go beyond the
basics. Scientific research, academic papers and applications were
available even before the commercial internet. They consist a vast and
precious resources for R&D and general public. Broader communications
infrastructure, commodity hardware and low cost/open/free software is
providing unprecedented access to knowledge, a remarkable opportunity
for remote communities spread over 8.5 million sq km - approximately the
US area. They are effectively contributing to change existing paradigms,
difficult to achieve through closed source, if possible at all. The
public sector is playing a key role, but the private is following
closely. Conectiva/Mandrake has a comfortable market share, but Red Hat
and Novell are starting to set in the corporate business.
Carta Capital, the magazine who sparkled the discussion, is among the
most trusted Brazilian publications. The national industry produces from
raw materials to commercial jets and communication satellites. I believe
the debate it will make more people aware of available localizations,
which will probably benefit the open source community.
Subject: [ILUG] Go Lula!
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Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 11:27:52 +0100 (BST)
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