Open-source software gets boost at UN

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Thu Dec 11 18:50:15 UTC 2003

Open-source software gets boost at UN
Thursday, December 11, 2003

GENEVA: A months-long backroom battle led by Brazil, with support from
India, South Africa and China, against the United States over open-source
software took center stage Wednesday at the UN information summit meeting

Brazil wanted the summit talks to endorse the idea that the digital divide 
cannot be bridged with proprietary software and that open-source software, 
which is developed collaboratively and exchanged freely over the Internet, 
is the best path forward.

The language was watered down considerably in the summit meeting's written 
declaration after pressure from developed countries, according to 
participants, but the free software did get a mention as an important 
option for developing countries to consider.
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