I saw this story mirrored on another website and was going to post it but you beat me to it
I read an article in one of the British Linux magazines a few months back (they've got some really good ones) and apparently Brazil has a cabinet minister responsible for open source technology.
Open source really is where all of the excitement is in IT these days. Even corporate giants like IBM figure that open source is the only way to beat Micro$oft.
Not only that but its fun. I'm feel like I'm back in "learning mode" again.
All I ever seem to be doing in Window$ is cleaning up messes caused by malware.
By the way here are two British Linux magazines that I highly recommend:
Linux User & Developer
They are a little on the pricey side on this side of the pond and you can pretty much only find them in larger Chapter's Indigo outlets or "Press Internationale" stores. But they come with huge CD and DVD collections of Linux software and frequently with entire Linux distributions.
It can save you alot of time downloading and burning distros.
In fact the copy of Mandrake 10.1 that's on the machine I'm using to post this message came out of one of the magazines.