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Open Source As Policy
Saturday, September 04 2004 @ 01:18 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,742
General News From

A draft study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) looks at the various policies and legislation being considered by various levels of government around the globe.

The 33-page document provides an exhaustive list of various initiatives and their current status. More than 45 nations have had some level of public-policy initiatives or discussion about open source according to the report. However, the report's authors note that, "slightly more than half of the initiatives never went beyond the proposal stage."

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UN organizes open-source software day across Asia
Wednesday, August 25 2004 @ 06:50 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 6,001
Related News From InfoWorld:

The United Nations, through its International Open Source Network (IOSN) will organize the first annual Software Freedom Day on Saturday in an effort to educate Asian users about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and encourage its wider use in the region.

IOSN will organize events in Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, setting up stations in public places to give away informational brochures and CDs with selected open-source software, including TheOpenCD and a Linux Live CD.

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Linux takes Microsoft rivalry to the desktop
Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 03:57 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 6,325
Linux From

The open source operating system has made significant inroads in the server market, but is only just coming to grips with the PC. Experts tell us when it's going to get there. Also: Microsoft on why it may never make it

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PLUG is Taking it to the Streets
Thursday, August 05 2004 @ 10:48 AM CST
Contributed by: michael
Views:: 6,074
Events PLUG the Prairie Linux User Group is sponsoring the OpenCity FreedomFest on August 20th-22nd in the Excange district in Winnipeg.

Talk about convergence takes on an entirely different approach with this event.

CanOpenER congratulates PLUG for organising what should be a groundbreaking event and providing a model for other communities to follow.

read more below for the press realease for this event and check out the OpenCity FreedomFest

Article Research on Info Commons
Tuesday, August 03 2004 @ 02:44 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 5,843
General News I am writing an article about the creation of information commons for Information Highways, part of (dedicated to advancing the interests of the Canadian e-content community).

I want to look at the development of information commons in a way that shows how the issues spurring the development, and the development itself, is significant to information professionals.

German Court Says GPL is Valid
Friday, July 23 2004 @ 01:10 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,047
Related News From /.:

"The Munich District Court has ruled on May 19, 2004 that the main clauses of the GNU General Public License are valid under German copyright and contract law. This seems to be the first judgment worldwide proofing the validity of the most popular free software license. The ruling is a confirmation of the preliminary injunction of April 2, 2004. The new judgment gives on 20 pages the reasons for the ruling. It states explicitly that the terms of section 2, 3 and 4 of the GPL are valid under German copyright and contract law. Here is the German text of the judgment; an English translation will be available soon. The judgment comes at the right time to fight those (SCO and others) who challenge the legal validity of the GPL in Europe and elsewhere. The lawyer of the plaintiffs, Till Jaeger from Munich should be granted the Free Software Award."

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Collaborative Source Software
Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:10 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 3,406
Open Source "There are two worlds in software today: the closed source world of traditional software vendors and the open source (For convenience we use "open-source" or "free software" - note the lower casing- to encompass Open Source, Free Software, and similar endeavors) world of Linux, JBoss, MySQL and others. Neither the open source nor closed source models are new: both have been around almost from the beginning of computing. But neither has managed to take over the other.

More and more customers are today disappointed by closed source proprietary software but they do not want to rely part or whole of their IT strategy on some pure open source projects managed by virtual people. They want real software vendors with long term dedicated and trained developers, real product release cycle management, strong support agreements and code warranties.

After having carefully studied both approaches in order to license our own software, we decided to create a new paradigm which combines the best of both worlds. In this article I will present it, how we came to it and our experience after some years of practice.

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John Dvorak's article
Sunday, July 11 2004 @ 04:20 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 4,899
Linux Has anyone read John Dvorak's article in PCMag regarding the big deal between Microsoft and Sun? Dvorak seems to think that Sun may drop StarOffice, cut updates to Open Office and de-optimize Java for Linux. Dvorak also seems to think that this deal will kill negotiations between Sun and Apple. He said Apple was interested in creating a super office suite based on StarOffice code. Anyone have any thoughts on this?,1759,1618813,00.asp

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Canada's CIO branch offers position on Open Source Software
Thursday, July 01 2004 @ 09:32 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,337
General News From Digital Copyright Canada:

A document part of the Federated Architecture Program documents the position on Open Source Software.

Existing Canadian federal legislation, agreements and policies accommodate a wide variety of business models for public sector software acquisition, use, production and distribution. Accordingly, software solutions used in the Government of Canada come under many license types, including certified "open source" or "free/libre" software licenses.

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CIPPIC replies: Russell McOrmond
Wednesday, June 30 2004 @ 01:02 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,134
General News I was not a candidate in the previous election, but I believe it would be useful for people actively involved in technology law issues to offer their own thoughts on the questions for parties and candidates from the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC).

Question areas:

- Music File-sharing
- Technological Protection of Copyrighted Materials
- Educational Use of Internet Materials
- ISP Liability for copyright infringement
- Open Source Software
- Spam
- National ID cards

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