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The state of Linux in Maine schools
Monday, April 14 2003 @ 08:41 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,941
Education David Trask tells that Maine is not the technological backwater state that many might perceive. And Trask, an open source advocate and the Technology Teacher/Coordinator for the Vassalboro Community School should know -- he is helping lead the charge to bring Linux into state classrooms.

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CATA supports Open Standards and Open Source Software
Thursday, April 10 2003 @ 09:49 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 8,436
General News Reprinted with the permission of John Reid, CATA President:

April 4, 2003

Ms. Michelle d'Auray
Chief Information Officer
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
2745 Iris Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0R5

Dear Ms. d'Auray:

On behalf of our members, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance urges the Government of Canada to support the use of Open Standards and Open Source Software in the government's information technology operations.

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Report from the first Oregon open source hearing
Tuesday, April 08 2003 @ 09:05 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,980
Related News From Newsforge:

"The sponsors of the bill had their say first. Ken led the testimony with his background and motivation for the bill. He was followed by many others, including members of the LTSP project and representatives from small school districts who said they could not be doing the things they are without the savings Open Source software makes available to them. Others provided a range of thoughtful and well-presented views. Some highlights from their combined testimony were:

  • Open Source costs less
  • The State needs to encourage Open Standards to avoid Lock in.
  • HB 2892 is not a discriminatory bill
  • The current market is not a free one
  • Open Source is more Secure
  • Open Source is less susceptible to virus damage
  • It is easy to use
  • Why spend money on software the State can get for free?
  • Open Source means Open Standards
  • Open Source will save the State of Oregon a lot of money"

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University of Buffalo faculty goes for open source
Thursday, April 03 2003 @ 04:40 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 9,028
Related News The University of Buffalo (New York) Faculty Senate has passed a resolution calling for the use of open source software and open file formats at the University. The resolution cites the needs for free information flow, privacy, and cost containment. ", or 'free' software provides an alternative to proprietary operating systems and application software that is robust, reliable and trustworthy, and provides a means for the University community to retain complete control of its computer hardware and software, and to retain the rights of Fair Use of information, and preserve the means to adapt computer systems to specific research and personal needs..."

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IDG: German Government Agency Rolls Out Desktop Linux
Monday, March 03 2003 @ 01:38 PM CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 4,353
Related News "A small German institute has become one of the Interior Ministry's first agencies to implement Linux on the desktop, as the government pushes ahead with its ambitious plans to introduce open-source software in the public sector. "

"The Institute for Livestock Breeding, which already runs Linux on servers, has equipped 50 computers to run desktop applications on the free open-source operating system, Gonicus GmbH, one of the IT companies involved in the project, said Thursday in a statement."

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Swedish Government Study Endorses Open Source
Monday, March 03 2003 @ 01:37 PM CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 3,791
Related News "Statskontoret, the Swedish Agency for Public Management, has performed a feasibility study on free and open source software and has given a thumbs up to the use of free and open source software. "

"The purpose of the study, which was conducted with the cooperation of several Swedish government agencies, was to provide a guideline for how public administrations and agencies should relate to open source and free software. "

"The cross-government team running the study stated that "open software in many cases are equivalent to--or better than--commercial products," according to a statement from Statskontoret. "Procurement of software shall therefore evaluate open software as well as commercial solutions, to provide better competition in the market."

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Vnunet (UK): The Penguin's progress
Sunday, March 02 2003 @ 07:58 PM CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 3,126
Linux "Major vendor backing has led Linux to emerge as the only operating system likely to stop Microsoft dominating the middle- and high-end of the server food chain in the future."

"Linux is replacing proprietary Unix flavours as the enterprise server platform of choice. Realising that this trend is likely to continue, leading hardware vendors are getting behind the Penguin in a big way."

"Not content to challenge for the middle ground, Linux has found its way into mainframes and even become a supercomputer operating system."

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Free Software:Ideal for Saskatchewan
Saturday, March 01 2003 @ 09:34 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,588
Related News From The Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives - Saskatchewan

Volume 2 Issue 5 - February 2003

Free Software:Ideal for Saskatchewan

- by Roger Petry

G overnments around the world are adopting Free Software to meet their information technology (IT) needs and reduce costs to citizens. This comes at a time when the Government of Saskatchewan is considering significant changes in its own IT policies, most recently highlighted by its proposal to outsource government IT management to EDS, a Texas-based firm. Given the Government's current need for innovative strategies, the merit of Free Software as a policy option needs to be fully explored.

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Windows feels threat from Linux
Tuesday, February 25 2003 @ 11:20 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,423
General News Gates courts LDP leadership over 'e-Japan' deal

In an unprecedented attempt to encourage the Japanese government to adopt Windows for a planned electronic government project, Microsoft Corp. founder and Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday that he will reveal Microsoft's most tightly guarded secret -- the operating system's source code.

Collaborative development of open content
Tuesday, February 25 2003 @ 11:19 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,965
Education Collaborative development of open content: A process model to unlock the potential for African universities by Derek Keats. Given the cost of content, the under-resourcing of universities and the scattered nature of expertise in Africa, the collaborative development of open content seems like a useful way to get high-quality, locally-relevant content for using to enhance teaching-and-learning. However, there is currently no published operational model to guide institutions or individuals in creating collaborative open content projects. This paper examines lessons learned from open source software development and uses these lessons to build the foundations of a process model for the collaborative development of open content.

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