|In the morning I met with Federico Heinz (from Via Libre) and Enrique Chaparro, both representing the FSF and the GNU project. We had breakfast (and I spilled coffee all over my brand new IBM Thinkpad) and headed over to the Peruvian Congress.|
|Federico and Enrique are part of the group in Argentina that drafted the law that is being discussed in Argentina, and is the foundation for the law that was submitted by Edgar Villanueva and is being discussed by the Peruvian Congress.|
|Here I am with Congressman Edgar Villanueva in the Congress meeting, he has introduced the free software project of law. He became internationally famous after his reply to Microsoft's comments on the law (the text is available in Spanish and English).|
|In the afternoon I participated in the `Linux and Free Software in the State' conference. There were six hundred registered people for the conference. It was inaugurated by Edgar Villanueva.|
|A group of Ximian users greeted me at the entrance of the conference.|
The next step in the Gnome en el Sur was Montevideo. To go
from Lima to Montevideo I had to take a number of planes: Lima
to Santiago de Chile (2am); Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires
(5am) and then Buenos Aires to Montevideo.
I did not get a lot of sleep that night, but being very tired from the activities in Lima helped me get to sleep for a few hours.
I traveled with
Enrique's wife which happened to be heading to Buenos Aires on
the first two airplanes. She researches Asian cultures. Since
I had been reading Saramago's Gospel
according to Jesus Christ and pondering who exactly are the
Palestinians in Israel, I had developed a theory of mine: the
Palestinians are the same people that populated the area two
thousand years ago, but have switched religions as invasions
came and went.
She confirmed my theory: both palestinians and israeli decendants are semites (surprise!) and gave me some details on the origins of words that both populations use. Very interesting.
Posted on 24 Jun 2002