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World Summit on the Information Society
Thursday, September 25 2003 @ 01:29 AM CST
Contributed by: evan
Views:: 2,662
Events There is a very important conference, organized by the UN and the ITU (and heavily sponsored by Canada). This is the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which is designed to do for IT what the Rio and Kyoto conferences did for the environment.

Every country will be there, as well as more than 2,000 non-governmental organizations. Of these, the only multi-national free software and open source advocacy groups to be approved are the Linux Professional Institute and the Free Software Foundation.

I'll be posting more on WSIS, LPI and Canada's position on open source at WSIS, Until then I invite you to become aware of this major conference. It's actually surprising how many people in IT are completely unaware of it.

Freeing Computers in Schools
Monday, September 22 2003 @ 04:24 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,475
Education From Linux Journal:

Riza is a four-year-old Indian girl who thinks of computers as toys. Instead of adding one more difficult subject to her already tiring school day, she occasionally plays educational games on the PC. When her friends come over, they end up learning without being aware of it. One girl her age, who's never handled computers before, drags the mouse. As she moves it across the mouse pad, the image of a furry bear jerkily is unveiled on the monitor. Another younger child dances to the music that a program called Bump and Jump plays, a piece of software written by a team of Swedish students. The best part is nobody paid for the CD the children are using; it's not pirated either. It can be run from any computer, simply by booting from the CD-ROM drive. The CD comes in a distribution called FreEDUC.

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Support the Canadian SCO response
Monday, August 25 2003 @ 11:21 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,970
Justice If you would like to publicly support the work of the Canadian Linux Interests Coalition (CLIC) in organizing a Canadian response to SCO's attacks, you can now do so -- visit to learn how.

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Draft Canadian FLOSS report available for public comment
Thursday, August 21 2003 @ 05:19 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,904
General News Open Source Business Opportunities for Canada's Information and Communications Technology Sector (ICT) - A Collaborative Fact Finding Study

Draft Report & Appendixes - Release 0.3


The draft report of the open source software study commissioned by the Government of Canada is now available for public comment.

The report is provided as two files. Report.pdf contains the main body organized in five Chapters that cover the methods and data measured in the study, and the analysis of trends and forecasts of the future. Appendix.pdf contains a series of appendixes with detailed information from the Study, including questionnaire results, profiles, licenses and
scenario workshop report.

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A Canadian Response to SCO
Wednesday, August 20 2003 @ 02:54 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,306
Justice In response to the ongoing fud war with SCO, CLUE and other interested members of the Canadian linux community have formed a working group called CLIC. This group has been meeting two to three times a week over the summer with the intent of presenting a strong and united voice that represents the perspective of Canadian Linux users and professionals.

CLIC stands for the Canadian Linux Interests Coalition. With the strong support and backing of CLUE, CLIC has been in the process of generating an information portal, drafting a press release and organizing a legal response to SCO in Canada. CLIC has also joined forces with other activist groups in order to facilitate the response and lend strength to it.

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City rolls out desktop Linux
Tuesday, July 29 2003 @ 04:14 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,675
General News From IT World Canada:

When the City of Toronto's Children's Services Division (CSD) recently decided to migrate 450 of its PCs over to Linux client workstations, it really didn't raise a lot of eyebrows. According to Jody McConkey, an IT configuration specialist at CSD, the municipal organization has always garnered a rep for running against the pack.

"We're sort of like the black sheep of the city," McConkey said. "We've never gone with the corporate standard for anything we've done."

The bottom line, according to McConkey, is that with 62 branches, a main office and remote locations including 58 daycare centres, it didn't make sense from a cost perspective to buy and maintain traditional PCs. The CSD had a total computer/IT budget of approximately $2 million - small compared to other city departments - and there were escalating costs involved in service and support as old PCs were nearing the end of their lifecycle, McConkey said.

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Linux deepening its Canadian foothold
Tuesday, July 22 2003 @ 04:52 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,862
Linux The Linux hype machine has been around long enough to allow Canadian IT managers to kick the proverbial tires -- and they like what they see, according to one industry observer.

During a Web briefing last month, Toronto-based IDC Canada Ltd. senior software analyst Warren Shiau painted a favorable picture of current Linux trends and its growing viability within IT. While Linux still struggles under limited availability, slow independent software vendor support and undercooked marketing strategies, Shiau noted the technology has established a respectable foothold within the enterprise.

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Canadian Insurer ING Chooses Linux For Business Applications
Friday, July 04 2003 @ 03:21 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,918
General News ING Canada bought IBM's eServer zSeries servers running Linux to power the insurer's business applications, IBM said Wednesday. In addition, ING contracted with IBM for maintenance and implementation services.

IBM products and services will enable ING to consolidate computer systems and increase operational efficiencies, Louis Cyr, vice president of infrastructure services for ING, said. ING is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada.

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Hall: Protect open source from 'looters'
Wednesday, June 25 2003 @ 06:01 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,674
Open Source The open-source development community is an international treasure and should be protected as such, said veteran Linux advocate Jon "Maddog" Hall, in a talk in Birmingham that emphasized the role of open-source software outside the United States.

Hall's speech on Tuesday morning kicked off the Linux User and Developer Expo 2003, which is taking place this year in conjunction with Networks for Business (formerly Networks Telecom). The conference is tapping into growing interest in Linux and open-source software in the UK, where the government has committed to expanding the role of open source in the public sector, and some public authorities have already purchased significant Linux installations.

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Study Shows Open Source Code Superior
Thursday, April 17 2003 @ 08:14 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,191
Open Source From LinuxPlanet:

"All open source programmers believe in their heart of hearts that open source is not only the best way to write software, it produces the best possible software. It's a point that's been argued endlessly, but until recently there hasn't been any hard proof from an non-partisan third party demonstrating that open source code was actually superior to closed source. Now, thanks to research ( done by Reasoning, a leading automated software inspection service vendor, objective proof is here: Open source is better."

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