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Open Source: the World Finds Options to High Technology Prices

White Paper explains the benefits of Open Source(OS) technologies and how companies and countries are shifting to using OS in order to lower their hi-tech costs and to stay away from contracts.

San Juan, PR, February 18, 2009 --( Microsoft has already announced a new upgrade while President Obama has requested a White Paper on Open Source Technologies. Coincidence?

The truth is that, at a time when businesses and governments are cutting back on costs wherever possible, leaders are asking themselves if there is an alternative to the imminent Microsoft upgrade. The good news is that, yes, there is an alternative.

On a recently released White Paper, the Puerto Rico based Open Source company, Altamente, provides a well thought out introduction to Open Source for businesses.

"The answer for many entrepreneurs and forward thinking leaders has been to change all (or at least some) of their software to Open Source solutions," commented Laura Gorbea, President of Altamente. Countries such as France, England, South Africa, Brazil, Germany and Canada, among others, have developed policies to promote the use of Open Source technologies. States such as Massachusetts, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Utah have done the same within the United States.

“Not only does it translate into millions of dollars in savings for these governments and private enterprises, but they ensure a much needed transparency and access to their own information not bound by a contract with another corporation that might or not cease to exist,” explained Laura Gorbea, president of “It makes sense for a government or a business to keep its most important documents in an Open Source format. The alternative would be to keep this vital information tied to a proprietary format that belongs to another company,” added Gorbea.

Already there are many important documents that are produced only in digital formats. Actually, when the Library of Congress had to choose how it would safeguard the United States books and documents, an Open Source program was selected. “Could you imagine if Thomas Jefferson's writings had been saved in a safety box which only key belonged to a company that existed during his period? This is the type of questions being asked by governments and business leaders today,” added Gorbea.

The news about Obama requesting a White Paper regarding Open Source came out the day after Microsoft laid off over 1000 employees and has announced that it expects to lay off a total of around 5000 during 2009.

“Once again, revolutionary change in this continent begins with the initiative of thirteen states. Only this time, in a very 21st century style, there's a twist to the way freedom is sought... it is a matter of who holds the key to the country's intelligence and at what cost,” concluded Gorbea.

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Laura Gorbea

Elda Acevedo

Founded on the year 2000 by Laura Gorbea and James O'Malley, Altamente is Puerto Rico's leader in Open Source Technologies. Throughout the years, Altamente has organized and participated in business, academic and governmental forums promoting the use of Open Source Technologies. Most importantly, Altamente's clients include some of Puerto Rico's top native companies, whom are currently using Open Source technologies for their every day needs.
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