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Sun and UNESCO join forces to promote FOSS

As reported here, Sun Microsystems and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) signed an agreement at the World Summit on Information Systems (WSIS) to promote free and open source technologies. Both organizations see FOSS as the key to increasing access to information, communications technologies, and ICT skills training in under-served communities throughout the world.

According to the agreement, both organizations will promote the use of OpenOffice and Open Document Format (ODF) and other FOSS as a low cost way to improve education and universal access to information and knowledge.

The money quote:

We are glad to work with Sun to harness the power of free and open source software for extending and disseminating knowledge and to foster community approaches to software development,” said Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.

This is great news for the HFOSS movement.


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