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UN organizes open-source software day across Asia
Wednesday, August 25 2004 @ 06:50 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,892
Related News From InfoWorld:

The United Nations, through its International Open Source Network (IOSN) will organize the first annual Software Freedom Day on Saturday in an effort to educate Asian users about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and encourage its wider use in the region.

IOSN will organize events in Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, setting up stations in public places to give away informational brochures and CDs with selected open-source software, including TheOpenCD and a Linux Live CD.

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German Court Says GPL is Valid
Friday, July 23 2004 @ 01:10 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,011
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"The Munich District Court has ruled on May 19, 2004 that the main clauses of the GNU General Public License are valid under German copyright and contract law. This seems to be the first judgment worldwide proofing the validity of the most popular free software license. The ruling is a confirmation of the preliminary injunction of April 2, 2004. The new judgment gives on 20 pages the reasons for the ruling. It states explicitly that the terms of section 2, 3 and 4 of the GPL are valid under German copyright and contract law. Here is the German text of the judgment; an English translation will be available soon. The judgment comes at the right time to fight those (SCO and others) who challenge the legal validity of the GPL in Europe and elsewhere. The lawyer of the plaintiffs, Till Jaeger from Munich should be granted the Free Software Award."

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U.N. report says open source produces better software
Sunday, February 01 2004 @ 08:08 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,756
Related News From OpenSector:

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has made available an Internet edition of its E-Commerce and Development Report 2003, which features Free and open-source software: Implications for ICT policy and development as a chapter. The report, like many open source advocates, proposes that the open source process produces better software. It argues that open source development's division of labor is more efficient than that of proprietary coders.

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China to invest in Linux-based software
Wednesday, November 05 2003 @ 02:06 CST
Contributed by: kevinmack
Views:: 2,876
Related News The Chinese government plans to throw its financial weight behind Linux-based computer systems that could rival Microsoft Corp's Windows in one of the world's fastest-growing technology markets, an official said on Wednesday.

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Vietnam Embracing Open Source Products
Thursday, October 30 2003 @ 04:15 CST
Contributed by: kevinmack
Views:: 2,605
Related News "The initiative is Vietnam's solution to software piracy, a rampant problem that threatens to derail the country's economic aspirations."

"Open source is especially appealing to developing countries such as Vietnam, which see it as a way to help close the technological divide that separates rich and poor nations."

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Denmark urges govt support for open source
Sunday, October 26 2003 @ 04:48 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,774
Related News Open source software represents a serious alternative to proprietary products, and should be used as a tool to open up software markets to more competition, according to a report carried out under the auspices of the Danish government.

The report, which stirred up controversy when it was published in Denmark earlier this month, was released in English this week by the Danish Board of Technology. While a number of governments in Europe and elsewhere are eyeing open source software as a way of cutting costs and stimulating localised software development, the Danish study goes a step further, arguing that public sector support for open-source and open standards may be necessary for there to be any real competition in the software market.

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Report from the first Oregon open source hearing
Tuesday, April 08 2003 @ 09:05 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,100
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 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 7,847
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. "...open-source, 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 CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 3,408
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 CST
Contributed by: Aristotle
Views:: 2,950
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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