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Chavez, a vehement critic of the capitalist system, issued a decree in 2004 ordering all the country’s public institutions to actively move toward the Linux operating system and other open-source alternatives that can mean millions of dollars (euros) in savings.

Government agencies have gradually been making the change.

Chavez says previous governments spent more on licensing fees for proprietary software than social programs to fight poverty, which have become a top priority for his socialist government.

Chavez once called the switch to open-source software crucial to ”stop depending on software owned by others.”

”If knowledge doesn’t have owners, intellectual property is a trick of neoliberalism,” he said.

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April 3, 2006 at 11:12 am

Posted in socialism

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