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Software patents - yet more confusion

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com

In a press release, the UK-IPO has highlighted Mr Justice Patten's decision of today (not yet on BAILII) to overturn the UK-IPO's decision to refuse an application by Symbian, on the grounds that it consisted solely of a computer program.

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Microsoft ‘tax’ on Linux in schools must end says Becta

http://www.computerworlduk.com

Becta has recently shown that it is unafraid of speaking out on behalf of schools. Unhappy with the value for money schools were getting regarding software licencing they first referred Microsoft to the government’s Office of Fair Trading then sent shock waves through schools when it issued its advice not to upgrade to Windows Vista or Office 2007.

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Social inclusion with Xubuntu: A tale of free software changing lives

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

"M6-IT, a Community Interest Community in the UK, are part way through a project to equip socially excluded families with computers running Xubuntu. I was recently able to interview Richard Rothwell of M6-IT about this project and its progress..."

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The £99 laptop: how can it be so cheap?

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk

A new laptop computer for just £99 sounds like the kind of offer found in a spam e-mail or on a dodgy auction website. But the British company Elonex is launching the country’s first sub £100 computer later this month and hopes to be making 200,000 of them by the summer. It will be aimed at schoolchildren and teenagers, and looks set to throw the market for budget laptops wide open.

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A sad state of affairs: open source in the UK

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I stated yesterday that open source had not been widely adopted in the UK without really backing the statement up. Fortunately SiriusIT, the UK-based open source services firm, has revamped its site with a blog entry explaining the situation with the example of open source adoption in the schools sector.

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UK Government: Closed Minds on Open Source

http://www.computerworlduk.com

To its eternal shame, the UK Government uses far less open source than most. Worse, it seems to have a closed mind to the whole idea.

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Firefox, Software of the Year 2007 by PC Pro in the UK

http://standblog.org

"I am sure this means a lot to the Mozilla community at large. It does to me, at least! I'm hoping this will help us increase our market share in the UK, which is half of what is is on average in the rest of Europe..."

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Germans ramp up U.K. open source support

http://www.linuxworld.com

British open source advocates will be boosted by the news that German support vendor Credativ is expanding its open source center (OSSC) to support all distributions of Linux in the U.K.

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U.K. agency takes Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading

http://www.zdnetasia.com

Becta, the United Kingdom government's adviser on IT in schools, has taken Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading over anti-competitive practices--but open source campaigners say Becta is still effectively promoting Microsoft.

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MP attacks government over Microsoft policy

http://news.zdnet.co.uk

A Liberal Democrat MP has launched a stinging attack on the government's IT strategy, saying that it has given Microsoft too much control.

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Has Microsoft lost patent power over Linux in UK?

http://www.businessreviewonline.com

Microsoft claims that Linux infringes 235 patents, but if it wants to fight it out in a UK court, it had better think again.

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PC superstore unhinged by Linux

http://www.theregister.co.uk

PC World admitted it had made a mistake and told us it will provide a full repair once the firm has made contact with the customer

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Lawyer: Microsoft patent claims won't affect UK

http://news.zdnet.co.uk

Microsoft's claims that open-source software infringes its patents do not apply in the UK, according to a top lawyer.

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Open source apathy damages UK prospects

http://www.cbronline.com

The UK's position as the open source laggard of Europe is preventing the growth of UK software industry and skills, according Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management company. Alfresco is a UK success story, counting top investment banks and the European Commission among its customers, yet only 5% of its business comes from its home turf.

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Retailer Refuses Hardware Repair Due To Linux

http://yro.slashdot.org

Today I visited PC World (London, UK) because my 5-month-old laptop has developed a manufacturing fault: the hinge to the display has started to crack the plastic casing. Anyone in the know will know that this is due to the joint inside, and it means that in time the screen will separate from the keyboard.

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