Linux growing in developing nations: ""In emerging countries people are using Linux to accelerate development," says Scott Handy, IBM's vice president for worldwide Linux. "[There's a] relatively similar model in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Korea. In those five countries, Linux is growing faster than the IT [information technology] market in general." .. Sergio Amadeu, the head of Brazil's National Information Technology Institute [says that with open source,] "The country goes from being one of mere consumers to one that develops solutions." ..
Since 2001, São Paulo has saved almost $10 million by ditching Microsoft and buying hardware that does not require nearly as much memory or such fast processors as required by systems running Windows. Officials also say they save on maintenance and security because Linux systems are less vulnerable to attacks from hackers and viruses. .. Amadeu, who aims to transfer 40 percent of the federal government's computers to Linux before the end of 2006, even compared Microsoft to drug traffickers. He says Microsoft's offer to provide Windows software to schools was like that of dealers offering children a first hit for free." 11:02:16 PM
Solar plan for Indian computers
: "Authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have drawn up a pilot project to use solar power to run computers in village schools. Nearly 80% of houses are estimated to have no power, and many villages suffer frequent disruption in supply because of power cuts or other faults. Many have to use kerosene lamps for light and most government-run primary schools have no power at all." There is rural experience with solar for other purposes, such as battery charging and water pumps. "Last year 109 solar pumps were installed, but the administration now aims to install 400 in 2004. " 9:54:14 PM