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    World Social Forum: Activists Urge Free Open-Source Software By Alan Clendenning January 30, 2005 by the Associated Press PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- Activists at
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      World Social Forum: Activists Urge Free Open-Source Software

      By Alan Clendenning

      January 30, 2005 by the Associated Press


      PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- Activists at a leftist gathering
      where Microsoft is viewed as a corporate bogeyman urged
      developing nations Saturday to leap into the information age
      with free open-source software.

      John Barlow, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, told a
      gathering inside a packed warehouse that poor nations can't
      solve their problems unless they stop paying expensive
      software licensing fees.

      Open source software includes programs that are not
      controlled by a single company. The software can be developed
      by anyone, with few restrictions. The best known such
      software is the Linux operating system, which can be
      downloaded free from the Internet.

      "Already, Brazil spends more in licensing fees on proprietary
      software than it spends on hunger," said Barlow, co-founder
      of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a cyberspace civil
      liberties group.

      MORE: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0130-03.htm




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      both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue."

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      Allen Ginsberg
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