Clsid writes: New e-gov law not only reinforces a previous decree that made free software mandatory in public institutions, but also includes taxes for using closed-source software. These funds go to a National Endowment for Science that will help small enterprises and groups of individuals create free software alternatives. And judging by the impact of the first decree, which ended up creating Canaima GNU/Linux and also the promotion of a local initiative similar to OLPC which put laptops with Linux in the hands of 90% of elementary school children, Venezuelan free software collectives are describing it as huge achievement and even calling for open hardware initiatives as well. Original article in Spanish (Google translation).
... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer
has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor.
-- Fred Brooks