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Govt minister goes geek for FOSS day

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Armed with a One Laptop Per Child computer and kitted out in a Geek Freedom League t-shirt, South African deputy minister of science and technology, Derek Hanekom, opened Saturday's Software Freedom Day event at the departmental offices in Pretoria

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Local Recycle & Reuse Hits A Bureaucratic Roadblock

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This scenario is unfolding in Berkeley where the Alameda County Computer Recycling Center and its Director, James Burgett, is having to fight for its life. All because of some red tape that "supposed" to do exactly what the group are trying to do: protect the environment.

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Cuba is preparing to quit Windows and avoid Microsoft

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It’s a measure aimed at breaking the dependence on programs that are under the control of US owners and also anticipating any claims by the patent’s owners for the use of this system in Cuba.

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The Canadian Labour Congress Switches to OpenOffice - Saves almost $60,000!

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The Canadian Labour Congress chose to use OpenOffice.org from now on as their suite of business applications. They had two options to replace their old WordPerfect installations: the widely used Microsoft Office or the free OpenOffice.org. The decision they took was clearly a financial one, saving approximately $60,000 in licensing fees.

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Minister champions open source endeavour

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At a meeting on Sunday, South Africa's minister of public services, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, accepted an invitation to be a patron of the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA).

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Vietnam Government switches 20,000 machines to OOo

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More than 20,000 computers from Party offices nationwide will switch to using OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office from early 2008. The Central Party’s Office is taking advice from enterprises for the project.

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Government Backsliding on Open Source Promises

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The Liberal Democrats have hit out at the government's failure to use more open source software, three years after it pledged to avoid 'lock-in' to proprietary systems. The government published a policy document, 'Open Source Software: use within UK government' in 2004, promising to consider open source alongside proprietary products in IT procurements...

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UK Parliamentarians to discuss Open Source software

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The economic impact of Open Source software will be discussed with parliamentarians and senior government officials on Wednesday 12th September at the Westminster eForum, held at the Palace of Westminster.

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Linux isn't the only platform this would-be senator is standing on

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James Purser, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) supporter, committee member for Linux Australia, and ICT consultant, is running for the Senate in the next federal election as an independent for New South Wales. With limited resources, Purser's campaign is fueled by the power of Linux and the Internet, which he is using to build networks and communicate with the public.

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Microsoft Still a Monopoly, 7 State Attorneys Say

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Seven state attorneys say key provisions of the final antitrust judgment have had little impact on competition with Microsoft.

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APStates seek more oversight of Microsoft

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A group of states led by California said in a court filing Thursday that ending oversight of Microsoft's business practices in November would not allow enough time to consider the antitrust implications of Windows Vista

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FSFLA Currently Fighting Two Battles

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The Free Software Foundation - Latin America is currently fighting two battles.

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Hungarian Standards Institution to reconsider its vote on OOXML

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Mr János Kóka, Minister of Economy and Transport, has sent a mail to György Pónyai, General Director of Hungarian Standards Institution (HSI), about its the Hungarian vote on OOXML issue.

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Aussie state to adopt open source CMS

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The Department of Human Services in the Australian state of Victoria has implemented MySource Matrix as its content management system (CMS).

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Public Sector Warms to Open Source

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Public sector and government organizations around the world are adopting increasingly mature open-source products, with Australia at the front of the trend.

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