Linux and Microsoft in Brazil

WSJ writes that “President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is finalizing a policy recommending that federal ministries, agencies and state enterprises install open-source software, such as Linux, instead of proprietary software, such as Microsoft’s Windows, in new computer equipment. Sergio Amadeu, Mr. da Silva’s information-technology adviser, says the goal is for at least 80% of government computers bought next year to feature open-source software, though the guidelines aren’t binding.” This could tilt the scales against Microsoft.

Ninad Mehta summarises the challenges Microsoft faces in the emerging markets nicely: “(1) Protecting against software piracy and (2) Preserving Microsoft’s market share against Linux.”

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