Today I was invited to do a talk to a group of people at one of the banks in Porto Alegre, Banrisul. I did the same Gnome presentation that I had done the day before. After the presentation was over, I saw some of the work that the bank has been doing with free software.
The ATM machines that they started rolling out in 2000 are all
Linux-based systems, and I had a chance to see the ATM machine
boot: the traditional Linux boot sequence is shown, followed
by the X startup and finally the ATM application runs.
Not only is the bank rolling out ATM machines with Linux-based systems and their own software, but the terminals that are being deployed are running Linux systems as well.
Yerba Mate in the central market in Porto Alegre.
Remembering Arturo, I ordered a Guaran� drink (people remember Arturo fondly, not only for his passion for the Guaran�, but also for his crazy pupilo-adventures in town).
Basically, the people decide what the budget should be spent on and the government just executes on the decisions from the people (Unesco report)