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U of A gets behind student-developed IT system
Thursday, October 02 2003 @ 09:57 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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A University of Alberta student who didn't like the university's online registration system did what any self-respecting computer science student would do: he built his own. Not an entire system, but one that allows students to do what he says the original system doesn't - create a class schedule easily - at any time of the day or night.

According to second-year comp-sci student Stephen Kirkham, one problem with the university's Bear Tracks system, which was built by PeopleSoft, is that it required students to print off pages and pages of class times in order to build a schedule, and it was extremely difficult to make sure one class time didn't conflict with another. Another problem was it wasn't always available, he adds.

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Draft Canadian FLOSS report available for public comment
Thursday, August 21 2003 @ 05:19 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,841
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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City rolls out desktop Linux
Tuesday, July 29 2003 @ 04:14 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,611
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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Canadian Insurer ING Chooses Linux For Business Applications
Friday, July 04 2003 @ 03:21 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,848
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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CATA supports Open Standards and Open Source Software
Thursday, April 10 2003 @ 09:49 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 8,195
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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Windows feels threat from Linux
Tuesday, February 25 2003 @ 11:20 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,337
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.

Do you really want a 'Linux administrator'?
Tuesday, February 25 2003 @ 09:21 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,440
General News "Using Linux as shorthand for everything open source can, however, lead to an unfortunate reality truncation. Despite all the publicity, it seems lots of people and organisations still haven't understood that Linux is only an operating system kernel.

There's a whole raft of other components required to operate a "Linux server". Many of these are large and complex pieces of software that take a long time to master in their own right. I get the impression that this fact is often overlooked by non-technical management and, of course, sales droids."

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Sydney Morning Herald: Open Source Gets a Hearing in Canberra
Thursday, February 20 2003 @ 03:47 PM CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 2,835
General News "The benefits and challenges of using Open Source software in Australian government agencies were explored in depth at a seminar organised by the National Office for the Information Economy in Canberra yesterday."

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NewsForge: Anger Spews Over Microsoft Appearance at Yet Another Open Source Even
Monday, February 10 2003 @ 03:22 PM CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 2,734
General News "Now that some people in the Free Software community have discovered Microsoft's Shared Source guru Jason Matusow is slated to speak at the Open Source for National and Local eGovernment Programs in the U.S.and EU conference, they are gunning for the show's organizer."

"Members of the New York Linux Scene (NYLXS) believe a company whose core values are antithetical to Open Source should not be allowed to promote itself during a gathering dedicated to Open Source software. And they blame the organizer of the event, Tony Stanco. They're even discussing plans to stage a protest at the conference in March."

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PCWorld: Is Microsoft Afraid of Open Source?
Monday, February 10 2003 @ 07:05 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 2,676
General News "Microsoft said that it may have to reduce the prices it charges for its products, and revenue and operating margins may consequently decline if the open-source movement continues to gain market acceptance."

"But an analyst who closely follows Microsoft said that while Microsoft genuinely perceives the open-source software movement as a threat, it is unlikely to respond by adjusting its pricing any time soon."

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