Monthly Archives: June 2014

Measuring GNU/Linux

In 2010, Goo Research (now NTT.com) polled 1080 users and found 2.3% used GNU/Linux at home. Meanwhile StatCounter reported about 0.5% of page-views were done with GNU/Linux. That’s a big discrepancy“What operating systems do you have installed on your computers … Continue reading

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Swiss Government Prodded To Consider Using More FLOSS

Governments are huge users of IT and probably the biggest customers of M$’s and “partners” stuff.“Edith Graf-Litscher, representative of the Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz (SP) for the Canton of Thurgau, wants to know if the Federal government has concerns weighing … Continue reading

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M$ Still Messing Up IT In 2014

When M$ forced it’s XML file-format on the world for office suites“For the typical daily use of a connected company or a municipality working with customers, citizens or partners, the inconsistencies around the OOXML standard are likely to cause problems … Continue reading

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Russia Finally Moving To */Linux

Several years ago the Russian government announced a plan to move to GNU/Linux.“Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry plans to replace US microchips Intel and AMD, used in government’s computers, with domestically-produced micro processor Baikal in a project worth dozens of … Continue reading

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In Defence Of Menus

Menus apparently annoy some people. I rather like them.Bruce Byfield: “The modern desktop long ago outgrew the classic menu with its sub-menus cascading across the screen. Today, the average computer simply has too many applications to fit comfortably into such … Continue reading

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ESR Mulls Replacing freecode

The closure of FreeCode has sparked a discussion on ESR’s blog.“We want a central place where people can post project release announcements so other people can monitor and search release activity, which also serves as a searchable index of project … Continue reading

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M$’s Partner Involved In Corruption In Quebec

The “attack-dog” salesmanship widely seen at M$ became“After several months of investigating, UPAC officers arrested Abdelaziz Younsi, an information technology director at the province’s public security ministry.They also arrested businessman Mohamed El Khayat, who is the president and co-founder of … Continue reading

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Ducks!

I hate to blame a dead victim, but if this young lady had time to stop her vehicle and address the ducks, “A woman who triggered a deadly collision near Montreal while helping a family of ducks cross the road … Continue reading

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Google Doing Good

Google has long promised to “do no evil”. They’ve done better than that.“Google announced a $50 million initiative to teach young girls how to code, Google has promised to do all it can to recruit more women into Silicon Valley. … Continue reading

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India’s Crusher For Wintel Grinds Inexorably Onward

Several states of India are moving their governments rapidly to FLOSS in response to XP and just because it’s the right way to do IT. Kerala has recently published a manual. Here’s an excerpt: “1. Equip internal IT teams to … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Wallops Software Patents, Again

SCOTUS again reminds anyone who will listen, that merely doing something via computer is not a patentable invention.“The method claims, which merely require generic computer implementation, fail to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention.” Since few if any … Continue reading

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LibreOffice 4.2.5 Emerges

“LibreOffice 4.2.5, as well as LibreOffice 4.1.6, have been developed by over 800 contributors, who have joined the project since the launch in late September 2010 (source: http://www.ohloh.net). “This is a wonderful achievement”, said Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document … Continue reading

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