The aims of this teaching module are:
to explain the various organisations and free software projects set up by the Junta of Extremadura;
to confirm free software's potential in popularising the Internet and developing e-government and web learning;
to describe the diverse organisations and free software projects set up by the Government of Brazil;
to promote understanding of the social impact of free software and its potential in bridging the digital divide in disadvantaged regions and among marginalised social groups;
to describe the development methodology for projects launched by Sun Microsystems;
to raise awareness of the benefits of company participation in free software projects; and
to confirm the viability of free software business models by studying the case of Cometa Technologies.