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UK's national OSS service hosts inaugural conference
Tuesday, November 25 2003 @ 07:37 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
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OSS Watch, the national open source software advisory service, will hold its inaugural conference, "Open Source Deployment and Development", on 11 December 2003. The conference is free but you must register to attend.

IT Managers, software developers and end-users at higher and further
education institutions are encouraged to attend. The conference will take
place in the Martin Wood Complex, University of Oxford. See further

Novell buying SUSE Linux to expand its Linux reach
Monday, November 24 2003 @ 03:04 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,932
Linux from Computer world

NOVEMBER 04, 2003 ( COMPUTERWORLD ) - Just three months after it bought Linux desktop vendor Ximian Inc. (see story), Novell Inc. surprised the Linux world today by unveiling plans to acquire SUSE Linux AG.

Novell buying SUSE Linux to expand its Linux reach

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Resources for educators
Monday, November 24 2003 @ 08:08 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,616
Education While not exactly news, here are some advocacy sites which have very good resources dedicated to open source software in schools.


OpenSource Education Foundation:

The K12Linux Project: Announces 30,000 Machine Deployment in Canada
Thursday, November 20 2003 @ 12:14 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,788
Linux Opens Canadian Office to Locally Serve Software Needs

SAN DIEGO, Nov 20, 2003 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Inc. announced today the beginning of a 30,000 LindowsOS PC launch geared to equip Canadians with affordable and easy-to-use computing solutions.

Successful trials of LindowsOS WebStations ( ), the powerful, affordable machines designed for web work, are currently underway in Canada. The province of Nova Scotia has already deployed LindowsOS WebStations in four Nova Scotia Regional Community Access Program (C@P) centers. These centers operate as a public service, allowing residents of various communities to access the Internet and use the computers for their own needs., in conjunction with the South West Shore Development Authority (SWSDA), is moving throughout Nova Scotia and other provinces to bring LindowsOS to the greater Canada area. It is expected that more than 30,000 LindowsOS machines will be deployed within one year of the initial deployments. LindowsOS WebStations ( ) and other configurations of LindowsOS computers ( ) will fulfill the needs of the Canadian government, as well as businesses and homes in Canada.

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Sun Notches Linux Win With Chinese Gov't
Wednesday, November 19 2003 @ 05:42 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,408
General News Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday will announce a technology partnership with two IT ministries in the Chinese government as well as the formation of a new company, China Standard Software, to deliver a China-branded software stack based on Sun's Java Desktop System.

A Sun executive who asked not to be named told eWEEK that while the current Java Desktop System is powered by SuSE Linux, the Chinese deal will probably have a custom Linux Standards Base-compliant Linux operating system that will be supported by the Chinese government and its IT partners.

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Canadian innovation choked by U.S. laws
Monday, November 17 2003 @ 05:22 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,563
Justice Lax, outdated U.S. patent laws are stifling innovation in Canada's small technology companies, lawyers warn. And experts say the managers of smaller companies may want to consider whether fighting these laws is worth their time and money.

"I spend a lot of my time trying to help Canadian companies deal with large U.S. companies that are accusing them of infringing a broad range of patents," says Richard Mitchell, an Ottawa-based senior partner at patent law firm Marks and Clerk.

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Brazil Leans Away From Microsoft
Monday, November 17 2003 @ 03:19 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,441
General News Silva's top technology officer wants to transform the land of samba and Carnival into a tech-savvy nation where everyone from schoolchildren to government bureaucrats uses open-source software instead of costly Windows products.

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Why schools should use exclusively free software
Sunday, November 09 2003 @ 01:55 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,486
Education From Newsforge:

There are general reasons why all computer users should insist on free software. It gives users the freedom to control their own computers--with proprietary software, the computer does what the software owner wants it to do, not what you want it to do. And it gives users the freedom to cooperate with each other, to lead an upright life. These apply to schools as they do to everyone.

But there are special reasons that apply to schools.

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A Reply to Howard Strauss
Saturday, November 08 2003 @ 09:08 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,769
Speeches I read an article this morning, written by Howard Strauss that was published in the Princeton University Syllabus. In it, Mr. Strauss suggests that using Open Source Software is tantamount to falling for one of the Nigerian advance fee scams.

No doubt there will be many replies to such flame bait from the community; a more reasonable response may be just to ignore the ignorance. However, I decided to write an open letter to clarify a few things that Mr. Strauss obviously has difficulty with.

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Linux group starts petition over RBC's SCO investment
Thursday, November 06 2003 @ 01:59 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,419
Justice Thanks to Russell who mentioned it on the Discuss mailing list:

A Canadian open source association is asking its members to pull their accounts from RBC and to sign a petition following the bank's decision to contribute towards a $50-million investment in SCO Group.

Linux-Quebec launched the petition about two weeks ago and has so far collected almost 150 signatures, mostly from users in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and B.C. The petition reads: "Given the fact that SCO has taken hostile action against free software and well-known companies that contribute to free software, we, users, developers and members of the Open Source community from Canada protest the recent investment of RBC in The SCO Group.

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