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Bureaucrats: Do you know where your numbers are?
Monday, September 27 2004 @ 01:43 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,534
Open Source From PLUG:

Someone sitting in an office analyzing some data using a popular, commercially available spreadsheet may seem very innocuous. But when you think about the consequences of errors in judgement on the scale of our national government, you start to realize what is at stake. The risks can be immense. Who knows how many decisions have been influenced by relying on data that was processed incorrectly? Senior bureaucrats are often said to have more power than elected officials, precisely because they control the flow of information to the Minister. What if their sources of information were unreliable? How could we begin to answer such questions?

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Collaborative Source Software
Monday, July 12 2004 @ 07:10 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 3,278
Open Source "There are two worlds in software today: the closed source world of traditional software vendors and the open source (For convenience we use "open-source" or "free software" - note the lower casing- to encompass Open Source, Free Software, and similar endeavors) world of Linux, JBoss, MySQL and others. Neither the open source nor closed source models are new: both have been around almost from the beginning of computing. But neither has managed to take over the other.

More and more customers are today disappointed by closed source proprietary software but they do not want to rely part or whole of their IT strategy on some pure open source projects managed by virtual people. They want real software vendors with long term dedicated and trained developers, real product release cycle management, strong support agreements and code warranties.

After having carefully studied both approaches in order to license our own software, we decided to create a new paradigm which combines the best of both worlds. In this article I will present it, how we came to it and our experience after some years of practice.

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A look At The Myths of Open Source
Friday, April 02 2004 @ 01:36 PM CST
Contributed by: michael
Views:: 3,462
Open Source Malcolm Wheatly writing for CIO.COM has a look at at some of the Myths surrounding Open Source and its deployment.

The Bottom Line

Is open source right for every organization? In the end, argues Andy Mulholland, chief technology officer for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, it's a question of attitude. "The arguments for and against open-source software often get very trivialized," he says. "It's not a technology issue; it's a business issue to do with externalization."

"The lesson of the Web is that standardization is better than differentiation," Mulholland claims. "Is there a virtue in doing things differently? Is there a virtue in doing things the same way as everybody else?" As the past decade has shown, standardization with a proprietary flavor?think Microsoft?has its drawbacks: bloatware, security loopholes, eye-popping license fees and an unsettling reliance upon a single vendor. In offices around the globe, an era of open-source standardization, determined to condemn such drawbacks to history, may be dawning.

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State Government Open Code Collaborative
Thursday, April 01 2004 @ 09:32 PM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,896
Open Source reports that a group of U.S. states (styled the Government Open Code Collaborative) are launching a software repository for government agencies.

Brazilian Government Consolidates Zope/Plone platform
Tuesday, March 30 2004 @ 05:21 PM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,800
Open Source This is from the Plone website - tooting their horn and rightfully so.

"Serpro is the most prominent IT solution provider for the Brazilian Government. Created in the 1960s, SERPRO is responsible for all IT services within the Ministry of Finance and key information systems for the federal government. SERPRO is now using Zope and Plone as their primary portal construction tool for Government Web Content Management Solutions."

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EU IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines
Friday, March 26 2004 @ 10:35 AM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,687
Open Source Here is a interesting page of resources I was pleased to stumble when looking to see how the POSS was coming along in the EU.

"The IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines provide practical and detailed recommendations on how to migrate to Open Source Software (OSS)-based office applications, calendaring, e-mail and other standard applications.

They have been developed with guidance from public sector IT experts from Denmark, Finland, Italy, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. The relevance and readability of the Migration Guidelines were validated with the help of the regional authorities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany."

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Open Source Observatory
Friday, March 26 2004 @ 10:34 AM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,999
Open Source The European Commission IDA (Interchange of Data Between Administrators)has an Open Source Observatory which includes documentation and real case studies of EU member state adoptions of FLOSS.

HP to expand Debian Linux support
Monday, December 22 2003 @ 04:17 AM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,399
Open Source In an effort to cater to vertical markets and customers who want customized applications that require changes to the Linux kernel, Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to expand support offerings to customers who run the Debian Project's version of the operating system.
"HP Services is working on some projects right now to increase the number and quality of the support offerings that they can provide to customers who want to run Debian," Bdale Garbee, HP's Linux chief technology officer (CTO) told IDG News Service on the sidelines of a Linux conference in Bangalore, India, this week.


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La communauté du logiciel libre
Thursday, December 11 2003 @ 11:37 AM CST
Contributed by: Temitchell
Views:: 2,501
Open Source Looking for more info on the Quebec government and FLOSS (specifically about Open Office) and found this page...

Hall: Protect open source from 'looters'
Wednesday, June 25 2003 @ 06:01 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,608
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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