This story has been around for a while (it appeared last year here in The Independent!) so its appearance in today’s Guardian is a little puzzling. Much more puzzling is the total absence in these reports and Computer Aid International’s Annual Report of any mention of software.
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… says the headline of this piece in The Noblesville Ledger; does this local newspaper in Indiana know something we don’t? Unhappily not; for the good folk of Hamilton County, NHS is the TLA for Noblesville High School so only a small victory for open source.
Warming to the theme of open source in education, […]
The launch earlier this week in the Houses of Parliament of the National Open Centre is reported by The Reg (including a photo - spot yours truly!), Public Technology, Linux World, and PC Advisor.
In a strongly-worded press release
The UK’s Open Source trade association has criticised the BBC’s plans to limit access to their on-demand television services to Microsoft Windows. The Open Source Consortium (OSC) believes the plans are anti-competitive and will use public money to lock viewers into the technologies of a repeatedly convicted monopolist.
Here is the back […]
The new Web site Me.dium.com is built to change something that most of us probably take for granted: the fact that cruising the Internet is a pretty solitary activity.
Me.dium is based on the opposite idea - that people should be able to check out sites together, much as people get cues from one another and […]
That is the date by which national standards bodies must submit any objections to fast-track processing of the Microsoft Office Open XML specification by the ISO/IEC international standards body. Only qualified “P” member bodies of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (”JTC-1″) have legal standing to submit such objections.
This long and detailed […]
In what may prove to be the most important FLOSS story we have blogged since starting in May 2005:
The European Commission (Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry) has published a research study prepared by Rishab Gosh and his team at UNU-MERIT.
Study on the: Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of […]
Readers who are citizens of the European Union may want to follow up this item on Slashdot:
The Council of the EU has a streaming service so that we can watch its meetings — but the service can only be accessed by Mac or MS Windows users. This is because they employ WMV format for the […]
This story - about Microsoft and OLPC - has been picked up in the UK; apparently the Green Party have put out a hostile press release but it is not on their website yet.
or, in English
And Agored is available free!
“Agored” is Welsh for “open” and “ddim” is “free”, as in “free beer” so guess what this story is about!
We mentioned our soft spot for Wales a while ago. Here is another great open source story from Ping Wales.
… else we shall most assuredly hang separately” said Benjamin Franklin in 1776 when the USA were the little guys facing the over-wheening power of the British government. According to Bruce Perens, the GPL encapsulates these sentiments for free and open source software facing a software patent aggressor. Who could he possibly have […]
… have been an interview with Chris DiBona:
Google’s open source chief talks about the joys of Linux, the cost of Windows and his concerns about the new version of the GPL
and, in the Weekend colour section, a feature about Web 2.0, including interviews with Jimmy Wales and Matt Mullenweg who
began tinkering with open source […]
Blogging for Media Watch is sometimes done in a 250-year old cottage up a mountain in North Wales so here is a recent story from Ping Wales and another rather older, but still current and worth reading.
Highly relevant to FLOSS offerings are two further stories, about the online Welsh dictionary and Welsh language […]
Make what you will of the byline on this piece.
A team of US academics has been given $750,000 to study the collaborative process by which open source software is produced:
The team will focus on the Apache Web server, the PostgreSQL database and the Python scripting language. They intend to collect information from message boards, bug reports and e-mail discussion groups to build up a […]
IBM launched a new Research and Development Management consultancy practise this week which aims to help companies innovate using techniques cribbed from the open source model.
Mel Weems, global practice leader for the new R&D Management practice, told internetnews.com that companies can “create a new game-changing play in the market by bringing together operational innovation, business […]
So say Trend Micro - and they should know, they make anti-virus software - for reasons that go to the heart of the open source development model.
Trend claimed that one reason open source software has fewer security issues is the variety of Linux distributions. Although they use the same kernel, if one distribution is compromised […]
With Gartner predicting a “new wave” of open source software of great use to businesses, new research suggests 95% of the top 2000 companies in the world will have an open source procurement and management strategy by 2008.
Companies are attracted by the low cost, but the availability of technical support is still raising concerns within […]
Continuing the Latin American country’s longtime commitment to open source, Venezuela will today begin registration for free courses on OSS and IT fundamentals.
A program to train over 400 thousand people in open source software - as part of Mission Science - will start on Monday, June 12 in Venezuela. This training program will be […]
Uber-popular distro Ubuntu’s latest iteration, the first to be billed as “Enterprise Ready,” is publicly released on June 1st - get em while their hot.
In a further display of the increasing closeness between Sun and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, the distro is being ported to Sun’s hypervisor, courtesy of Canonical, who will be providing support […]