Feeds

Open source: Brazil shies away from Redmond

President shuns Windows

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Open source got an unlikely supporter with Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has publicly shunned Microsoft's Windows operating system in favor of Linux. Many governments, in both Western and developing markets, view open source software as a way to challenge Microsoft's monopoly.

Earlier this year President da Silva, who leads one of South America's largest economies, appointed self-proclaimed Linux adherent Sergio Amadeu to head up Brazil's IT Institute.

Mr Amadeu is reported to have said that paying software licensing fees to companies [like Microsoft] is unsustainable economically, especially when applications that run on the open source Linux operating system are much cheaper.

Brazil recently signed a letter of intent with IBM to help boost government use of such platforms as Linux. Mr Amadeu faces the uphill task of bridging a very wide technology gap: just 10% of Brazil's 170 million population own personal computers. He believes that open source Linux is the cheapest way forward.

So far, only two small government agencies in Brazil - Mr Amadeu's own department and the government-run news agency - have made the jump away from Microsoft operating systems. Mr Amadeu is also eyeing the country's half million Windows-variant electronic voting machines as a target for switching to open source software.

Open source still represents a tiny share of the overall global software market. But it is rapidly turning into the "people's" choice for IT, with many governments embracing the software as a way to break the monopoly of Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft.

Brazil is not alone in eyeing Linux and open source. Other developing countries, notably India, are much further advanced in its promotion and adoption. But an increasing number of privately-held Brazilian companies are reportedly either using or testing Linux to some degree. For example, the country's largest food chain outlet has partnered with IBM to pioneer a Linux-based home-delivery system.

Open source uptake is not just restricted to the poorer countries. Federal departments in France, Germany, China, and even the US have adopted Linux servers. Though cost is a primary driver for adoption, many Linux supporters also consider the open source system to be more stable and less susceptible to viruses and hacker attacks.

Source: Computerwire/Datamonitor

Related Research
The Linux and Open Source Outlook: Making Linux a strategic fit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.