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Free Software:Ideal for Saskatchewan
Saturday, March 01 2003 @ 09:34 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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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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Most Recent Post: 12/09 03:57PM by Linegod

Indian govt move on to let in Linux
Saturday, December 28 2002 @ 10:41 PM CST
Contributed by: memecast
Views:: 4,717

NEW DELHI: The government of India has started taking precise, wide-reaching steps to usher in a Linux wave in India.

And that cannot be good news for proprietary software vendors like Microsoft. Yesterday, the IT ministry had a meeting of around 70 people, from companies like HP, IBM, Sun and TCS, government agencies like BARC and CDAC, state governments like Kerala, West Bengal and MP to evolve a level playing field for Linux vis-a-vis proprietary software (read Microsoft).

Largo loves Linux more than ever
Monday, December 09 2002 @ 04:26 PM CST
Contributed by: bekwin
Views:: 3,032
Related News The city of Largo, Florida has been using Linux in all its offices for nearly two years now and has it's IT budget down to 1.3% of gross revenues as opposed to 3-4% which is more typical of a city its size using proprietary software. There are now plans to employ a Linux based network in all it's police cruisers.

For the original story on Largo see:

For a recent update see:

MP opens windows to Linux
Monday, November 18 2002 @ 11:14 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,656
Related News BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has shut the door on Bill Gates. The state government schemes will use Linux software. Chief minister Digvijay Singh personally conveyed this to Microsoft boss Bill Gates during an interaction last week in New Delhi.

"For us it is not a question of Microsoft versus Linux. It is just a matter of choosing between a free software and a monopoly. We feel that when we are putting public information out in the open, then it should not be through a proprietary software," Mr Singh told ET.

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Open Source is good for America - US military advised
Tuesday, October 29 2002 @ 09:06 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,696
Related News From The Register:

"A report commissioned by the US military concludes that open source and free software should play a greater part in the infrastructure of the world's remaining superpower.

Mitre Corporation's 152-page study addresses the extent of software libre, or FOSS-licensed software use - FOSS being "Free and Open Source Software", an acronym uncomfortably evocative to this author of dental hygiene - in various branches of the military.

It's all over the place already, conclude the authors, and there should be more of it. "

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Public Administration Can Save Billions using Open Source
Monday, October 21 2002 @ 07:24 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,021
Related News On Thursday, October 10, 2002, the Danish Board of Technology released a report about the economic potential of using Open Source software in the public administration; a report that showed a potential savings of 3.7 billion Danish Kroners (500 million EUR) over four years.

The main suggestion of the report is to use an open exchange format for text document within a public administration so the competition can be enhanced and the price of the software lowered.

Read the full story here

Open IT: Govt to Rewrite Source Code in Linux
Wednesday, October 09 2002 @ 11:30 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,847
Related News NEW DELHI: If the Chinese have IT, get it. The Indian government seems to be taking a leaf out of China's operating system, and is planning a countrywide drive to promote the open source operating system, Linux, as the 'platform of choice' instead of 'proprietary' solutions.

For proprietory, read Microsoft, which controls over 90% of the desktop software market.

Venezuela eliminates govt. software piracy
Tuesday, September 03 2002 @ 01:37 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,890
Related News "Apparently, from now on all software purchased by or developed for the government must be licensed under the GPL. Even software used for Internet access to e-government must run GPL'd apps on a GPL'd operating system. Reasons for the switch include a desire to promote the local development community rather than enriching those in bondage to foreign software behemoths, and of course assisting in the good work of stamping out unlicensed software from government bureaux."

Read the full thing at The Register

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U.S. National Plan for Protecting Cyberspace
Wednesday, August 14 2002 @ 10:38 AM CST
Contributed by: cspotrun
Views:: 2,940
Related News I read an article today that poses questions in my mind that I think we should all be concerned about.

'But the government may soon be doing more than that. As Clarke prepares to
release on Sept. 18 the National Plan for Protecting Cyberspace, he may also
expand to all federal agencies a new U.S. Department of Defense policy that
requires all new IT purchases to be made from a list of independently
certified product lines.'

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U.K.'s Office of the e-Envoy makes OSS support Official
Tuesday, July 23 2002 @ 11:00 PM CST
Contributed by: michael
Views:: 2,999
Related News The United Kingdom has officialy through its Office of the e-Envoy released its findings and recomendations and policy paper on the use of Open Source within the British Goverment, and it appears on a quick read to has some actual teeth to it.

Methinks Boy Tony won't be going out for dins dins with Uncle Bill for a while, First the UK Office of Goverment in Commerce, spanks Boy Tony for "inadvertanly" appearing in a Microsoft commercial and publicly questions the value of the last Civil Service proprieatary upgrade. And now this... This is So Cool, These are both Goverment Depts in the U.K. that we dont really have equivelants of here in Canada....But perhaps we should...
The U.K. Office of e-Envoy can be found here

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