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European Commission Open Source Software Strategy 2014-2017

I’d say the EC has a great strategy: “For all future IT developments, the Commission shall promote the use of products that support recognised, well-documented and preferably open technical specifications that can be freely adopted, implemented and extended. Interoperability is … Continue reading

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M$ Hammers Loyal Customers

Yep. All the bad things M$ did to lock-in consumers with exclusive deals with OEMs and retailers are “Over one-third of the 436 councils surveyed across the UK have been subject to at least one software licence review in the … Continue reading

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Discovering GNU/Linux

Every user of GNU/Linux either has it imposed on them by some higher power or has an “AH HA! moment”.“This is pretty cool. Can I keep it, please?See Zorin OS: Can I keep it, please?.” I’ve both seen the “Ah … Continue reading

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Yes, Using That Other OS Can Hurt Your Business

Yes. For years my business was education, K-12. I switched to GNU/Linux because that other OS would not work for me and my students: refusing to boot, re-re-rebooting, picking up malware, slowing down, freezing, etc.“A few days ago in the … Continue reading

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2015 – The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop

There has been a lot of good news in the web-stats of GNU/Linux this year. It’s become clear to me, despite what others write, that the Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop can happen and it is happening this year. The … Continue reading

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Russia’s Silver Lining

Hmmm… There’s not a lot of good news out of Russia these days what with them assassinating leaders of the opposition, invading their neighbours, and “the overall IT market in Russia declined 16% in 2014 and an even more dramatic … Continue reading

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Legacy PCs A Niche Market Where GNU/Linux Thrives

2014 was an amazing year in IT, but it was only the beginning.“As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion’s share of the total SCD device market, with the combined desktop and notebook categories accounting for about 52.5% … Continue reading

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Another School Finds GNU/Linux Desktops Work For Them

This was exactly my experience with XP in remote northern schools in Canada.“In comparing the use of Linux to Windows 7 on the same hardware, the kids overwhelmingly preferred Linux for speed, look and feel, and general stability. Although our … Continue reading

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Viet Nam Shows Explosive Growth In Use Of GNU/Linux On The Desktop

This is getting to be the normal course of affairs, GNU/Linux drifts along for years not accomplishing much increase in share, then doubles in the first quarter last year and now doubles this quarter… IDC reports, “Vietnam is the only … Continue reading

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Paving That Other OS With openSuSE, Fedora, Ubuntu…

While That Other OS keeps breaking, GNU/Linux keeps getting easier to install and to maintain.“I started Windows Update as usual, and it chugged along looking normal (deathly slow). No error messages, no problems, no update failures. When it had finished, … Continue reading

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Greens Put German Foreign Affairs On The Hot Seat Over FLOSS

I’m not particularly fond of politicians. They have a habit of saying one thing during election campaigns and another when in office…“The Greens question the validity of the main argument used by the Foreign Ministry for the return to the … Continue reading

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Yes, Folks, The Reign Of Wintel Has Ended

It used to be that Wintel could count on 10% per annum growth year after year, reflecting utter dependence by the world’s population. Today, the story is much different. There have been years of lower growth and now IDC forecasts … Continue reading

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