The idea of creating a network of businesses, educational institutions and consultants specializing in free software solutions and consulting, besides training associated with these solutions, was born in the event called Linuxweek'99 (Caracas, Venezuela) with the initiative of the Engineer Ricardo Strusberg Velazco and Corvus Latin America support, a Venezuelan company specialized in technology solutions, with emphasis on open and free technologies.
However, it is not until 2006 that companies in Brazil, the United States of America, Puerto Rico and Venezuela signed during the 7th International Free Software Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a cooperative agreement to formally create the Cluster Latinux, as an international consortium. The agreement is the result of the negotiations launched at Linux World Expo 2006 in Boston, USA and LACFREE 2005 in Recife, Brazil, on the basis of the approach given in the Linuxweek'99 alliance. Initially are involved in the Cluster Latinux, the Propus and Solis Brazilian companies, the Venezuelan Corvus Latin America and ISEIT, the North-American Alacos and the Puerto Rican Red Boricua. The consortium foresees the strengthening and formalizing of an independent entity, to promote and develop solutions based on software and free technologies, also known as open technologies. Companies involved in the project are compromised to share knowledge, exchange experiences, promote free software and cooperate working with the organized communities of free software, in addition, they give commercial support, local and regional to each other.
The Latinux Cluster focuses in consulting, support, maintenance and installation of business solutions based on free software in Latin America. Among the job opportunities that are open from Latinux, is the cover an unmet demand for organizations, companies and governments in relation to free software development and use of products and services that have a particular local success or in a whole area of activity of the consortium. All companies involved with Latinux are recognized in sectors where they operate and have extensive experience in free software solutions.
In 2007 the original members of the Cluster met and new members are accepted from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Likewise, the decision to create Latinux Inc. is taken, this is a Panamanian company representing the interests of the cluster and will coordinate its international activities worldwide.
Finally, it is agreed that the international expansion of the Cluster's member companies will be branded under the Latinux trademark, emphasizing the creation of new enterprises in countries where there are no members under the Latinux name.
From the year 2008 are incorporated into the cluster several schools and the mechanisms for validation of knowledge in open source technology are strengthening under the name of Latinux certifications, including the creation of Graduates Courses and formal certification programs with corporate community and government recognition, globally.