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Open Source Software in Schools
Friday, January 30 2004 @ 11:04 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Education Over the past few years several school systems have decided for one reason or another to change from using commercial software to using OSS in their schools. Because OSS is released free of charge, this has had the obvious effect of lowering their expenditures on software, but it also has had many other benefits which are not so obvious.

Whether you choose to switch only one application to OSS or go all out, you will save money simply because you do not have to pay for your software. On one end of the spectrum, you can save about $161 per seat by switching from Microsoft Office to

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Site upgrades
Sunday, January 11 2004 @ 12:44 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 6,057
General News I'm in the process of upgrading the CanOpenER servers to the latest and greatest Mandrake 9.2 (plus some known good Cooker while I'm at it). Most of it should be seamless, but you may experience some hiccups along the way.

One thing that is not functioning as of yet is the mailing list archives. I'm moving the mail server to a new box, which doesn't seem to like me right now, so it's taking longer than I anticipated.

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Open Letter to the Government of Newfoundland
Monday, January 05 2004 @ 06:47 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,778
Speeches The cost of moving the standard word processing software for the Government of Newfoundland to Microsoft Word will cost millions of dollars in tangible and intangible costs, lock the province into insecure, bug-ridden, proprietary software, and buck a global trend towards free software, with absolutely no benefit to either the Government or the taxpayers of Newfoundland. There exists the opportunity for Newfoundland to continue to be the Canadian leader in cost-saving ventures by becoming the first Canadian province to embrace free, open-source software as part of its IT policy, and investing the millions of dollars saved on proprietary software into local industry.

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HP to expand Debian Linux support
Monday, December 22 2003 @ 04:17 AM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,488
Open Source In an effort to cater to vertical markets and customers who want customized applications that require changes to the Linux kernel, Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to expand support offerings to customers who run the Debian Project's version of the operating system.
"HP Services is working on some projects right now to increase the number and quality of the support offerings that they can provide to customers who want to run Debian," Bdale Garbee, HP's Linux chief technology officer (CTO) told IDG News Service on the sidelines of a Linux conference in Bangalore, India, this week.


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CAAST anti-piracy news
Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 05:36 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,808
General News The Canadian version of the BSA, known as CAAST has announced that 8 Canadian companies have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for "non-maliciously" pirating software. This appears to be an enourmous opportunity for the Canadian open source community to start making some inroads into corporate Canada.

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Copyright Board puts freeze on blank media levy
Friday, December 12 2003 @ 01:18 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,890
Justice In a long-awaited decision, Copyright Board of Canada on Friday froze all existing private copying levies on recording devices, eliciting mixed feelings from the technology industry and a more negative reaction from the group representing many artists, Canadian Private Copying Collective.

Under the decision, the following tariffs will hold in 2003-2004: 29 cents on audio cassette tapes of 40 minutes or longer; 21 cents on CD-Rs and CD-RWs; and 77 cents on CD-R Audio, CD-RW Audio and MiniDiscs.

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La communauté du logiciel libre
Thursday, December 11 2003 @ 11:37 AM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,586
Open Source Looking for more info on the Quebec government and FLOSS (specifically about Open Office) and found this page...

RBC rethinks SCO deal
Wednesday, December 10 2003 @ 08:34 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,658
Justice The Royal Bank of Canada is changing the terms of its investment in SCO Group, which claims copyright ownership over parts of the Linux operating system.

RBC, which along with investors at U.S-based BayStar Capital Partners pumped $50-million (U.S.) into the company in October, wants to distance itself from any sale of SCO that would result in a 20-per-cent contingency payment to the company's lawyers.

The agreement between the software maker and its lawyers for the high contingency fees has raised many eyebrows in the banking and high-tech industries.

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IBM opens integration centre for SuSE Linux products
Monday, December 08 2003 @ 04:46 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,691
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IBM Canada is promising customers improved installation experience, performance and cost of ownership for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server on its DB2 software through the opening of a Toronto-based integration centre.

The two firms said the centre will dedicate hardware, software and human resources to create model customer environment and test scripts for certification work. SuSE, based in Germany, offers the first distribution of the Linux open-source operating system to be certified on all hardware platforms supported by DB2. IBM has also been offering its own Linux certification program for DB2 for about two years, and SuSE has been a part of that from the beginning.

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Sun lands another Linux desktop deal, with UK Gov't
Monday, December 08 2003 @ 05:14 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 3,056
Linux "Sun Microsystems's software strategy will pick up more steam Monday when the company plans to unveil an agreement with the U.K. government to distribute its Java enterprise software and Linux-based desktop operating system."

"SUN Microsystems, the under-pressure computer group, has beaten its rival Microsoft to a British government contract to fit 500,000 computers with its low-cost desktop software."

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