MIT Backs Linux for Brazil

MIT is backing Linux over Microsoft for a government program to provide low-cost computers for lower-income Brazilians. "We advocate using high-quality free software as opposed to scaled-down versions of more costly proprietary software," Walter Bender, director of the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a letter to the Brazilian government. "Free software is far better on the dimensions of cost, power and quality." Bender is probably referring to stripped-down versions of Windows XP, that Microsoft is trying to market in Asia.

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