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Icelandic government releases a policy on Free and Open Source Software

http://eng.forsaetisraduneyti.is

The Icelandic government has released a policy on free and open source software. In short, the policy states that when buying software free and open source software should be considered on an equal footing with proprietary software, that software based on open standards shall be chosen, that lock-ins to specific vendors should be avoided (choosing free software is one means to achieve this), that bespoke or customized software shall be reusable (and free and open source software achieves this), and finally that students of Icelandic educational institutes shall have the opportunity to learn about and use free and open source software on a par with proprietary software.

This policy applies to all state institutions and organizations operated with public funds.

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EU to consider buying open-source software

http://www.iht.com

The European Commission will propose in the next few days to buy more of its computer software from open-source developers, a commission spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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Open source: the key to sustainable savings in public sector IT

http://www.computerworlduk.com

The UK's budget is looming and the public sector is charged with increasing spending on front line services by 4% while budgets go up 2%. Free and open source software is a way of saving millions of pounds in licensing fees and delivering often better products, this article argues.

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Kerala shuts windows, schools to use only Linux

http://www.indianexpress.com

Kerala is all set to become the first state in the country to completely banish Microsoft and allow only GNU/Linux free software to be used in the mandatory IT test at the state SSLC examinations that half a million students will appear for from next week. Till last year, they could take the exam using either free software or the Microsoft platform. Not anymore.

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Tux for president

http://www.tuxparty.com

The election season is upon us once again. The rabble have largely dropped out of the race and we’re left with just a few candidates. So who am I? I’m Tux. And I’m throwing my hat into the ring. I might as well, I can’t keep the thing on my silly head.

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Government/corporate project declares plan to promote OSS within the EU

http://www.linux.com

An ambitious initiative that aims to bring open source software to a new level in Europe hopes to make competition with US companies more interesting. QualiPSo is a four-year project partly funded by the EU. Its mission is to "bring together the major players of a new way to use and deploy open source software (OSS), fostering its quality and trust from corporations and governments."

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DFAT rolls out Linux-based management appliances

http://www.computerworld.com.au

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has started deploying Linux-based Opengear console servers to remotely monitor and manage its international locations, including Australian Embassies, Consulates, High Commissions and territories.

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Sri Lanka to introduce one laptop per child

http://www.sundaytimes.lk

Director OLPC Europe, Middle East and Asia Matt Keller, in an interview with The Sunday Times FT, said the World Bank has stepped into fund a pilot project to introduce laptops as an educational tool in nine provinces in the island.

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Support the House in the Last Stand Against Telecom Immunity!

http://action.eff.org

On February 12, the Senate passed a terrible surveillance bill granting immunity to lawbreaking telecoms, putting the House and Senate at the brink of a face-off. Show your support for the House to keep telecom immunity out of the final bill! Call or email your Senator now to stop telecom immunity!

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Ministry of Justice updates open-source policy

http://computerworld.co.nz

The policy indicates open source should be looked at first and if it doesn’t meet requirements then commercial options should be considered, says NZOSS president.

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Open Source Software in Serbian

http://metamorphosis.org.mk

The Serbian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society organized the localization of several popular open source packages. The Linux operating system, OpenOffice package, the Mozilla Firefox internet browser and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client are among these software packages.

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Dutch government software tender favours Microsoft software

http://lxer.com

Recently the Dutch government adopted a plan called - translated - 'Netherlands Open in Connection' * which describes how the system of tenders should be changed to migrate to open source software and software conforming to open standards. However, the very same Department of Finance that wrote this plan - because the parliament asked for it - has written a 'closed' document covered under copyright for a closed tender which is called 'GOUD' (Gold). For a large part, the tender indirectly only allows Microsoft software it seems**. Last time there was a closed tender, Microsoft was awarded a deal of €156M worth of software and Michael Robertson's Linspire €6M alternative was not even considered***.

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23,000 Linux PCs forge education revolution in Philippines

http://www.computerworld.com.au

Providing high school students with PCs is seen as a first step to preparing them for a technology-literate future, but in the Philippines many schools cannot afford to provide computing facilities so after a successful deployment of 13,000 Fedora Linux systems from a government grant, plans are underway to roll out another 10,000 based on Ubuntu.

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Justice for open source in Italy?

http://blogs.the451group.com

News that the Italian Corte dei Conti is adopting Red Hat Enterprise Linux is interesting. Even more so when you consider the role the Corte dei Conti plays and recent complaints regarding the apparent re-allocation of state funds previously committed to open source development.

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UK looks to relax restrictive copyright laws

http://www.linuxworld.com

The U.K. is looking to change copyright laws that make it illegal to copy music for personal use and for libraries to archive material under copyright.

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