A YEAR AGO, Ron Hovsepian spoke about moving to the east. According to Reuters, he was bound to spend approximately $100 million on these moves. It obviously requires some great long-term savings to be able to reward him with a huge bonus [1, 2] despite a huge slump.Read more »
KyaPanel is a panel to provide easy management in Gnu/Linux servers. Developed to increase the network administration, it supports mail management, samba management and many other features. The software was adopted by the federal and state government of Brazil and major companies from Latin America.
Read the interview conducted by North by South with Anahuac.
Marco Fioretti recently published an article (A look at free software in Ecuador) about his experiences at the Congress on Free Software and Democratization of Knowledge hosted in Quito, Ecuador. Rafael Bonifaz, a friend of North by South, is cited in the article talking about Elastix, a GNU/Linux distribution mostly developed in Ecuador.Read more »
Today more than ever, it is important for women and girls to use technologies to improve their lives, especially in Central America.. In spite of this, there are amazing women from all the region, who write primarily about technology and who try to make a difference in the lives of women.Read more »
When journalists and FOSS advocates explain why governments and corporations in the developing world are rapidly migrating to free software, a lot of focus is put on cost savings from licensing and removing the potential for liability from piracy within their organizations.Read more »
The adoption of free software by governments, especially in Brazil, is starting to show us the trajectory of a migration that is not only about changing from one software to another or just saving money, but a wide-reaching cultural shift.Read more »
If you can read Spanish, the Madrid-based newspaper Público has come out with a nice article which surveys the Latin American open source movement: Linux conquista América Latina.Read more »
North by South will be participating in the Open Sustainability Network camp in San Francisco this weekend. OSNCamp is “a BarCamp style conference about free content and knowledge sharing in sustainability, international development, appropriate technology and solutions to poverty.”
It will be happening this weekend, October 18-19, at San Francisco State University.Read more »
"Speaking at the Second ODF Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday, Carlos Gonzalez of the National Center of Information Technologies, announced that the Venezuelan government had formally adopted ODF as a standard for the ‘processing, exchange and storage of documents’.” Venezuela joins a number of other countries who have adopted this open standard, along with Brazil, Uruguay, SoutRead more »
Brazilian state IT company SERPRO (US$ 1 billion annual revenue) has selected Debian GNU/Linux as their preferred distribution for its thousands of GNU/Linux development and production servers. The announcement occurred during Debian Day in Porto Alegre.Read more »
As countries around the world modernize their public elections process, the big problem with electronic voting machines is that the market is moving slow to provide equipment which fulfills all of the requirements for a fully democratic election. In many cases, printed proof of a citizen’s vote is still needed, in case the machine has buggy software or if there is suspicion of fraud.Read more »
The Brasília Protocol (now translated to English) started the process of implementation of the Open Document Format (ODF) within the Brazilian Government.Read more »
The UTUTO Project is a non-profit volunteer organization that incubates other free software/knowledge projects from Argentina. They maintain a GNU/Linux distribution all translated to Spanish, they keep their own packages repository and you can search for packages on their site. The UTUTO community also maintains various documentation projects as well as a multimedia server.Read more »
Continuing our series of bringing information about the free software movement in Latin America to English readers, North by South interviewed Cláudio Filho (original in Portuguese), one of the people responsible for starting the OpenOffice.org project in Brazil (pt-BR), known in the country as BrOffice.org.Read more »