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UN recommends open source
[February 20, 2006]

UN recommends open source

( Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)The United Nations has recommended its members use open source software, particularly in areas related to health, education and international commerce, UN inspector Dominique Ouredrago said during a speech at the II international open source conference in Spain.

According to Ouredrago, in two of its reports the UN considers open source as the most appropriate vehicle for the development of its members.

In Latin America, countries such as Brazil and Venezuela are in the process of migrating all their applications in public entities from proprietary software to open source, while in Peru the local government is discussing a law to promote its use in the public sector.

In the Argentine private sector, nearly half of local companies with over 1,000 employees use some type of open source application, while 18% of the companies not using Linux are planning on migrating to open source in the future.

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