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Democracy And FLOSS

Sign at a conference on eGovernment:

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Six Years Of Desktop GNU/Linux In Europe

Europe is a very interesting place for GNU/Linux desktops because governments are cooperating to share the joy. The result is multiple nations have governments at various levels actively migrating to GNU/Linux on server and desktop. Recently, ChromeOS, another GNU/Linux desktop … Continue reading

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Look What Happened To Some Of Those XPed Netbooks

One school district that bought netbooks with XP was having no joy“Students like the faster speeds of the centralized desktop, which runs with 50 percent more RAM and a 33 percent faster processor than any of the netbooks. Boot-up and … Continue reading

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The Low Country Aims Higher

The government of The Netherlands is waking up to the cost of non-Free software. A report on “failed” IT projects includes the following conclusions: “c. The cost savings and societal benefits of ICT policy in general must be made visible. … Continue reading

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Italian Freedom Comes Through A Door Opened With The Thin Edge Of The Wedge

I love it. After the ruling of the high court in Italy that consumers should not have to pay for software they don’t want bundled on PCs, “FSFE, ADUC and ILS have sent a letter to the Italian competition authorities, … Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Software Patents

The nonsensical software-patent that USA has tried to foist on the world, destroying motivation to innovate and taxing true innovation,“back in January, art units at the USPTO rejected applications based on Section 101 of US Patent law only about 24% … Continue reading

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Fallout From Munich

The newly elected mayor of Munich and some of his buddies have raised a furor by suggesting Munich migrate back to M$’s clutches.“The city’s IT department, the city council, as well as third mayor Christine Strobl, support the current IT … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Takes a Bite Out Of That Other OS in Uruguay – 2014

I know statistics lie. Past performance, even recent past performance, says nothing about the future, but you have to appreciate the huge change happening in Uruguay. In the last month that other OS (all versions) has lost 10% share of … Continue reading

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There Are “Others” and Then There Are “Others”…

“Others” is a convenient category to put things in when stuff you don’t care about happens. GNU/Linux is something I care about but not Gartner. They lump GNU/Linux in with all that other stuff that’s not from M$, Apple, or … Continue reading

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South Korea Faces The Bill For Lock-in To Wintel

Sometimes in an accident things happen in slow motion and all the mistakes it took to get to where there is no escape“the Korean government made Redmond’s software a requirement for online shopping and banking; a historically weak spot in … Continue reading

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Good Karma

Karma: “Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.” It’s not often one hears a CEO of a huge global corporation suggest that … Continue reading

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Moodle Takes Romania

Moodle is a PHP script that helps organizations distribute information or deliver courses to students.“The vast majority (85 percent) of Romania‚Äôs 105 universities are now using Moodle, an open source e-learning platform” It’s usually run on LAMP (GNU/Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, … Continue reading

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