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Powerhouses Of The GNU/Linux Desktop In 2015

What do Italy, France, Spain, Germany and USA have in common? They are all huge, modern economies and they’ve all embraced GNU/Linux on the desktop to the tune of 3.*% share of page-views yesterday.See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Italy … Continue reading

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Dutch Parliament Kicks Butt

It’s outrageous how much governments around the worldGoogle Translation “33 326 Parliamentary investigation ICT projects in government Nr. 21 AMENDING THE MEMBERS OF MOTION AND Oosenbrug Gesthuizen REPLACEMENT IN PRINTED UNDER NO. 19 Presented April 14, 2015 The Room, heard … 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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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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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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GNU/Linux Grows Well In Argentina

Statcounter shows steady growth of GNU/Linux page-views from Argentina, with a sharp increase in slope in 2013. Yes, we’ve seen this pattern before. A government announces a programme to distribute GNU/Linux to schools and it takes a few years to … Continue reading

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Give Terrorists Their Wish, Death

Terrorists are folks who have no respect for human life, even their own.“Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it … Continue reading

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Crime And Punishment

Clearly, the murdering scum of Syria and Iraq need to be punished for their crimes against humanity.“Japan’s prime minister has condemned as "outrageous and unacceptable" a video declaring the murder of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State.” Condemning them … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo. Yes, there’s an app for that…

While I do think those folks went a bit far and had woeful security, I don’t think their intention was to insult“The Charlie Hebdo app features the so-called "survivors’ issue" of the satirical magazine, which sold out within minutes in … Continue reading

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French Ministries and Munich Give Back By Joining TDF

There are many ways FLOSS is funded. Organizations can hire individual developers to contribute, make donations or even join as Munich recently did with The Document Foundation.“In Munich, LibreOffice is now used on 16,000 PC workstations. “The city of Munich … Continue reading

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Slackware, Crux, Pisi, Manjaro, Devuan… Freedom-Fighters Or Luddites?

I’m not alone in disliking systemd. It’s not because systemd is an innovation. I like change and improvements of all kinds, but systemd is a power grab and I don’t like those.“Systemd is a power grab. It puts more or … Continue reading

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FLOSS And Government In India

FLOSS is the right way to do IT for everyone. Governments may feel FLOSS is unnecessary/different/unusual at their peril. Sooner or later“Indian government software applications are set to make the shift to open source, potentially boosting the pace at which … Continue reading

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