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Paraguay has embarked on a project aiming to use only open source software in government agencies by 2012, local paper ABC Digital reported.
"The first and most obvious goal is to save resources," Nicolás Caballero, IT innovation coordinator for the country's presidential office, was quoted as saying.
The open source software initiative is also being expanded to the health ministry, through which the government expects to save close to US$4mn.
"You can save resources to allocate them to other tasks," Caballero said. "The only expense with open source software is training the workforce."
Some 25 people are currently leading the initiative, as well as technicians and the officials involved, he added.