Spanish software lived a golden era between 1983 and 1992, when in Spain there was a boom where many professional and amateur developers sold their own programs, especially video games for 8-bit Spectrum machines. It seems that software and computing became democratized and began to reach the masses, so many saw great business here and the era of "made in Spain" software began.
This historical stage was christened the Golden Age of Spanish Software, and placed Spain, after the United Kingdom, as one of the largest European software producers, believe it or not. In this period, companies were created that would later disappear or change when the leap from 8-bit to 16-bit architecture was made. Some successful Spanish companies of this time are Indescomp, Dinamic Software, Topo Soft, Made in Spain, Opera Soft, Zigurat, Alcachofa Soft, etc.
But it is not only proprietary software that has a place in this country, and although the golden age has passed, there are also interesting free software projects, and I am not only referring to the distributions that we have talked about so many times and that some autonomous communities developed taking advantage of the European subsidies for this type of project and that today there are few. There are also great examples of software and even operating systems made in Spain and that are free, such as the great eyeOS of Pau García Milá, a fairly well-regarded operating system in today's cloud age.
The Menéame website itself is another great free project, and in which we have sometimes appeared on the cover for highly viewed articles. But they are not the only ones, perhaps you also know others like KAlgebra and KGeography, free educational projects. They are joined by other programs to control forest fires, programs for accessibility, and much more. Continuing with the examples, we find Zentyal, a Linux server for SMEs, gvSIG as a geographic information system, OpenDNIe for the electronic DNI technology, etc.
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