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chavez, open-source

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From here, via here:

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

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another chinese knockoff

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Where have we heard this before?

Nearly 30 years of economic reforms have not only created a fast-growing economy but also brought about major social changes as well as some severe problems both within and outside the country, Wu said.

On the domestic front is the increasing wealth gap between the rich and the poor; and growth at the cost of the environment. Overseas, there is a spreading concept of a “China threat.”

Wu hopes that the pursuit of the Chinese Dream could resolve both the problems.

At home, Wu said, the Chinese Dream aims to create equal opportunities for people from all walks of life.

“We don’t want to see any hatred towards the rich,” he said. “Migrant workers can also become the elite in society through their pursuit of their dream.”

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April 2, 2006 at 11:27 pm

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