A 2004 post on Jivali was the 4th most read open source item of 2006

A December 2004 post on Jivali, an open source Java implementation from Brazil, was still the 4th most read item on this blog for 2006.

Here's a surprise.

A December 2004 post on Jivali, an open source Java implementation from Brazil, was still the 4th most read item on this blog for 2006.

Perhaps most telling was the nationalistic statement of project lead Bruno Souza, wondering aloud whether the U.S. government might forbid Sun from doing business in Brazil. Given events since -- one of the key projects today is called Brazil -- that seems unlikely.

But it also reveals one of the primary, least remarked-upon advantages of open source, which is national control of software resources. Brazil's policy of trying to keep out foreign hardware firms in the 1980s was a failure, but its present endorsement of open source is anything but.

Suoza, by the way, is now a director of OSI.

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