Software darwinism.

Author:Galan, Gilberto
Position:Letters - Letter to the Editor

In your article "Standing up to Redmond" (Jane 2004), the author concludes that a region-wide open-source software policy will provide "the way" for Latin America to truly prosper. While we applaud, and indeed urge, lawmakers to use cost-effective purchases of information and communication technology to help grow their economies, such bias toward open-source software would likely accomplish the opposite result.

Artificially protecting through bias any single segment of the market will thwart this vibrant ecology, removing the invaluable tension that makes these solutions better for government and citizens. Rather than erecting protected biospheres...

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