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Apple: A Bigger Open Source Enemy Than Microsoft?

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Even before Linux was created, Microsoft has been scorned by members of the free-software community. Its products are decried as defective by design, and its sometimes questionable business practices as an obstacle to technological innovation. That’s old news. What amazes me is Apple’s track record for openness is even worse than Microsoft’s.

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #113

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #113 for the week October 12th - October 18th, 2008.

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Why Open Source is good for Academic Institutions?

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Open Source with its promise of distributing source code and allowing anyone to modify it or derive other software from it, makes it an excellent choice for learning computer science, technology and engineering of software.

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Open Sustainability Network Event in San Francisco, this weekend

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North by South will be participating in the Open Sustainability Network camp in San Francisco this weekend. OSNCamp is “a BarCamp style conference about free content and knowledge sharing in sustainability, international development, appropriate technology and solutions to poverty.”

It will be happening this weekend, October 18-19, at San Francisco State University.

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Venezuela adopts ODF as a national standard

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"Speaking at the Second ODF Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday, Carlos Gonzalez of the National Center of Information Technologies, announced that the Venezuelan government had formally adopted ODF as a standard for the ‘processing, exchange and storage of documents’.” Venezuela joins a number of other countries who have adopted this open standard, along with Brazil, Uruguay, Sout

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Create Striking Themes for Drupal Websites using New Book from Packt

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A new book that teaches users to create and modify themes for Drupal websites has been announced today by Packt. Written by prominent Open Source and Content Management expert Ric Shreves, Drupal 6 Themes helps users create a striking new look for their Drupal websites with clean layout and powerful CSS styling.

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SERPRO chooses Debian GNU/Linux

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Brazilian state IT company SERPRO (US$ 1 billion annual revenue) has selected Debian GNU/Linux as their preferred distribution for its thousands of GNU/Linux development and production servers. The announcement occurred during Debian Day in Porto Alegre.

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Open Source and the Financial Meltdown

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Dana Blankenhorn makes some good points in a post from today titled Open Source in a Time of Recession. One of the better points is that, despite the incredible turmoil in global markets and economies, we actually haven't met the official definition of a recession yet here in the U.S., which would be two consecutive quarters without economic growth.

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Days at Sun Draw to a Close for MySQL's Axmark

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Yesterday Computerworld reported that MySQL cofounder and lead engineer David Axmark has resigned from Sun Microsystems. Axmark indicated that he felt he would be "better off in smaller organizations" and working with MySQL and Sun on a "less formal basis."

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Improving the democratic process with free software e-voting

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As countries around the world modernize their public elections process, the big problem with electronic voting machines is that the market is moving slow to provide equipment which fulfills all of the requirements for a fully democratic election. In many cases, printed proof of a citizen’s vote is still needed, in case the machine has buggy software or if there is suspicion of fraud.

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Brazil begins using the Open Document Format

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The Brasília Protocol (now translated to English) started the process of implementation of the Open Document Format (ODF) within the Brazilian Government.

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Ekiga 3.00 aka “The Scheherazade release” available

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Ekiga is a free Voice over IP softphone allowing you to do free calls
over the Internet.

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Interview with Daniel Oliveira from the UTUTO project in Argentina

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The UTUTO Project is a non-profit volunteer organization that incubates other free software/knowledge projects from Argentina. They maintain a GNU/Linux distribution all translated to Spanish, they keep their own packages repository and you can search for packages on their site. The UTUTO community also maintains various documentation projects as well as a multimedia server.

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BrOffice, the Brazilian OpenOffice, with a life of its own

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Continuing our series of bringing information about the free software movement in Latin America to English readers, North by South interviewed Cláudio Filho (original in Portuguese), one of the people responsible for starting the OpenOffice.org project in Brazil (pt-BR), known in the country as BrOffice.org.

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The necessity for open source drivers

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Open source drivers will become an imperative, rather than a choice, for device manufacturers who want to break into new markets and extend their user base

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