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Purchasing and Open Source Projects
Thursday, March 23 2006 @ 07:31 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,928
General News An interesting discussion going on at the CanOpenER Mailing Lists:

Well it's fiscal year end again, and we're all doing the mad dance to spend the last of our budget so we don't get axed next year (what a stupid system, but that's not the topic for today). How do you go about "purchasing" an open source product?

I'll give a particular example: we've been using pdfcreator to solve a thorny issue for a number of months now. It's an open source success story: a free program works better (for our use case) than the ones we paid several thousand dollars for. Three cheers for us, and for the taxpayer. Now how do we spread that benefit to the developers who created the fine program (well, collection of programs) that allows us to do so much with so little?

Full discussion thread at

Calgary Linux User Group presents LinuxFest 2006
Saturday, February 25 2006 @ 12:13 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,187
General News

Once again CLUG takes a leadership role by bringing Linux and Open Source Software to the Community. Interested in presenting? Read on...

Report on Hamilton, Canada LUG Special Session on SCO v. IBM
Friday, February 03 2006 @ 01:30 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,989
General News From Groklaw:

Groklaw's John Macdonald attended the Hamilton Linux User Group's special session on the SCO v. IBM litigation last night, which featured Peter Salus, Robert Young and Ren Bucholz as speakers. John was kind enough to send us a report, and the best news is that there will be a video and audio feed eventually. Peter told me a little about the event too. He says about 30% of the audience said they'd heard about the event from Groklaw. John says at least a quarter from where he was sitting, so a number of you went. If anyone has more details, feel free to let us know in your comments.

Read the full thing at

Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux
Tuesday, January 03 2006 @ 04:26 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,903
General News From IT Business:

Canada's national Linux industry association is broadening its mandate and creating programs to tackle the policy issues surrounding open source technologies, members of its leadership team said Tuesday.

The Canadian Linux User's Exchange (CLUE) has replaced its old Web site with one backed by a Drupal-based content management system and a motto ("CLUE: Get One") that hints at its intentions to become a more aggressive advocate of what its members call Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). CLUE was founded in the late 1990s and has since become an point of aggregation for contact information of interest to many regional user groups across the country.

Read the full thing here

eXe Release 0.11
Wednesday, December 14 2005 @ 10:09 PM CST
Contributed by: mackiwg
Views:: 3,644
General News The eXe project is developing an authoring tool to assist teachers and academics in publishing of e-learning content. eXe is easy to use and there is also a IMS/SCORM export feature.

Download eXe @

RSS Feed Fixed
Wednesday, November 30 2005 @ 10:05 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,789
General News Sometime ago, I broke the RSS Feed for CanOpenER. It's all fixed now (proper header, intro text, etc).

Thanks to Izaak Branderhorst for pointing it out.

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Most Recent Post: 01/31 03:41PM by Linegod

Symbio Technologies Expands in Canada with New VAR in Montreal
Tuesday, November 22 2005 @ 12:36 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 3,119
General News NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., November 22, 2005-- Symbio Technologies, ( an innovator in server-centric computer networks that use low-cost diskless thin clients as workstations, announced today that Omega Technologies of Montreal, Canada ( has joined its growing worldwide network of authorized value-added resellers (VARs). Omega Technologies, which recently opened a new office in Toronto, becomes the fifth Canadian company to join Symbio Technologiesí international roster of VARs.

Olympic "sponsorship" controversy
Friday, October 28 2005 @ 11:36 AM CST
Contributed by: gordie
Views:: 4,095
General News Stay with me now. This story is a little bit off topic from Open Source per se, but I think it applies very well to the increasingly obnoxious nature of so called "intellectual" property.

On the news yesterday I heard a story about a fued between Esso and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic committee. Initially I was inclined to side with the Olympic people, but I've been thinking about it since then and I saw the commercial and now I am firmly on Esso's side. Can anyone enlighten me as to exactly copyright, patent or other IP law Esso is breaking by having a contest to send people to watch the Canadian team in Torino next year? Can the Canadian Olympic Committee really claim ownership over not only the "Olympics" copyrights and trademarks, but also anything and everything that could possibly be interpreted as being somehow related to the Olympics?

Is it time to start taking the Olympic committee people to task for purposefully misinterpreting Canadian law?

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Most Recent Post: 11/04 04:50PM by gordie

Podcast on open source geospatial
Sunday, September 18 2005 @ 03:13 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,032
General News A podcast about geospatial stuff, with Tyler Mitchell and your host Howard Butler:

"We discuss Open Source GIS (obviously), the Canadian government's role in supporting OGC and Open Source tools, and the hurdles to data access in both the US and Canada."

Get the links to the mp3s here

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Locked-out CBC employees creating Internet broadcasts to stay on the air
Sunday, August 28 2005 @ 01:41 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 9,093
General News From Macleans:

Locked-out CBC Radio staff have started producing Internet-based audio broadcasts to fill the void left by the labour dispute at Canada's public broadcaster.

And union members say the growing collection of recorded programs - digital audio files known as podcasts - represent a small taste of what CBC listeners can expect if the lockout of the Crown corporation's 5,500 employees drags on.

Read the full thing here

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