This week a very popular magazine (perhaps the most popular magazine) in Brazil, VEJA, had a small article criticising the government for being pro-FreeSoftware, which has caused some buzz around it.
Basically they point out that, this year, only 0.5% of the population did their taxes using the Linux version of our Tax Software, which means - they conclude - that the government "needs a reality check" (my words), and suggests we should be spending money on other issues.
No, they didn't talk about how many people were actually using illegal copies of MS Windows. Nor did they mention stats from last year so we could make some useful comparison. Like a friend once said: "if tortured, numbers will say anything".
If you take a look at the stats from last year (the 1st year we had a Tax Software on Linux; should be noticed), you'll see what they won't show you: the number of people doing taxes on Linux has simply tripled since then.
It's not the first time the big media here shows signs that it doesn't like Free Software very much (the arguments are always lame though), and that's some food for thought. It's a very irritating situation, because you know millions of people will be reading and believing that crap, and there's not much you can do about it. Luckily, we do have well-known people on our side, spreading the word wherever they go.