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Re: Re: TV-Programme about FOSS

It's being repeated some more times:


"The Code Breakers"
A BBC World Documentary on Free/Open Source Software and



The famous digital divide is getting wider. A two-part
documentary, "The Code Breakers," to be aired on BBC World
starting 10 May 2006 examines whether free/open source
software (FOSS) might be the bridge?

FOSS contains 'source code' that can be used, copied,
studied, modified and redistributed without restriction. It
has been around for over 20 years but most PC owners are not
aware that the Internet search engines and many computer
applications run on FOSS.

"It's not that FOSS has had a bad press, it has had no press
because there is no company that 'owns' it," says executive
producer Robert Lamb. "But we found that in the computer
industry and among the afficionados, it is well known and its
virtues well understood."

The crew of the independent producers who made the film went
to nearly a dozen countries around the world to see how the
adoption of FOSS presents opportunities for industry and
capacity development, software piracy reduction, and
localization and customization for diverse cultural and
development needs.

Stories from "The Code Breakers" include computer and
Internet access for school children in Africa, reaching the
poor in Brazil, tortoise breeding programmes in the
Galapagos, connecting villages in Spain, and disaster
management in Sri Lanka. The documentary also includes
interviews from key figures around the world.

Intel, IBM, Sun and Microsoft all seem to agree that FOSS is
a welcome presence in computer software.

According to Jonathan Murray of Microsoft "The Open Source
community stimulates innovation in software, it's something
that frankly we feel very good about and it's something that
we absolutely see as being a partnership with Microsoft."

BBC World will air the two-part documentary at the following

Episode One

Wednesday 10 May 19:30 GMT
Thursday 11 May 09:30 GMT
Friday 12 May 16:30 GMT
Monday 15 May 01:30 and 07:30 GMT

Episode Two

Wednesday 17 May 19:30 GMT
Thursday 18 May 09:30 GMT
Friday 19 May 16:30 GMT
Monday 22 May 01:30 and 07:30 GMT

For local times, please lookup your country in the TV
Listings on BBC World's website

The International Open Source Network (IOSN), UNDP
Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP-APDIP),
International Development Research Centre of Canada and
UNESCO have participated in the production of this

Christine Apikul

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