For three years, Matthew Burton has been trying to get a simple, useful software tool into the hands of analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency. So now, Burton’s releasing it — free to the public, and under an open source license.Read more »
Survey finds only 2 of 87 departments are conforming to federal open document regulations. Research published this week suggests that the majority of federal government departments in Germany are ignoring requirements to implement Open Standards.Read more »
Gujarat government is gearing up to use Linux operating system in schools in the state, but a city-based foundation has been teaching use of this system to students in Karjan for the last one year now.Read more »
Neelie Kroes is IT Chief for Europe and a staunch proponent of Open Source Software. A previous Linux Journal article made mention of her recent comments on OSS vs. proprietary software:Read more »
In an effort to cut costs, British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on state officials to submit proposals on how to save the government money. The newly published list includes migrating entirely from Microsoft products to Linux and other open source softwareRead more »
New reminder of how Microsoft corrupted international standards and a call for action in the United KingdomRead more »
As the mission of the Free Software Foundation is to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users, they also have to defend against ill-conceived and misguided laws.Read more »
What ideas does her Majesty's Treasury follow in those days to reduce costs? First they asked 600000 people working for the government about that, got 60000 ideas out of it (that equals one idea per 10 people asked), processed them and put that into 31 proposals. Two of them deal with Free Sofware.Read more »
The administration of the Bolzano region in Italy will discuss its IT strategy with advocates of free and open source. The director of the IT department has accepted an invitation by the regional Linux user group (Lugbz) and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).Read more »
Switzerland's Federal Administrative Court yesterday decided that a government organisation's renewal of its proprietary software licences without a public tender does not harm the business interests of open source software service providers.Read more »
A. [French delegate:] You think in EU we live in a totalitarian state? Is France a dictatorship? Have you no rights in France?
Q. That is not my question.
A. I am telling you it will comply with EU law. Are you saying EU does not comply with fundamental freedoms?
Dear Minister Roberto Bizzo, on 25 May 2010 the regional government authority of Bolzano decided to spend 2.2 million EUR over the next three years to renew software licenses from Microsoft Ireland, and to buy additional licenses. All this was done without a public call for tender, making it impossible for competing suppliers of similar software to make offers of their own.Read more »
The European Commission plans to rewrite ICT industry rules to make sure dominant technologies, like devices with always-on connectivity, do not lock consumers into supporting monopolies and hamper innovation, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for the Digital Agenda, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.Read more »