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Ten of the biggest Dutch municipalities say ‘enough!’ to M$

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In February 2003, the program “Open Source and Open Source Software (OSSOS) for the Dutch government” started, funded by the Dutch government. One of the main tasks was to make the government independent from single software suppliers, among which are Microsoft and SAP. After three years, the effort starts bearing fruit. Ten big municipalities – together 2,7 million inhabitants and including Amsterdam and The Hague – signed a manifest. I’ll try to explain what’s in the manifest, what that might mean for the future, and for the monopoly of Microsoft in the Dutch government.In the OSSOS program, big municipalities have discussed what the demands for software tenders should be in the future. It became clear, interoperability and independence from software supplier should be the most important aspects for such tenders.

Therefore, the municipalities Almere, Assen, Eindhoven (home of Royal Philips), Enschede, Groningen, Haarlem, Leeuwarden en Nijmegen published a manifest, in which those demands were summarized. At the same time, more municipalities were invited to join them and sign the manifest too. After some doubts, Amsterdam (the capital) and The Hague (the political capital, like Washington is to the USA) also signed the manifest, and more municipalities, but also other government agencies may still follow them.

Nonetheless, open source software isn’t mentioned in the manifest. This is done deliberately. Instead of asking for open source, the manifest explains what the goals of that ‘open source’ should be; making it harder for suppliers to abuse the term ‘open software’, and label their closed software ‘open’. There are four terms of ‘openness’ in the manifest:

  1. Supplier independence
  2. Interoperability
  3. Transparency and verifiability and
  4. Digital durability

Source: LXer


Written by syazli7

Fri, 29 Dec 2006 at 01:56:17 +0800

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51% of Open Source users feels it reduces their piracy urges

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The Question
“Has open source software resulted in you not needing to pirate / pirating less?”

Two answers, Yes vs. No. Very little room for interpretation and this is not a topic that is going to be influenced much by a potentially biased readership – which this has been accused of being before. It’s quite a standard question – has open source software reduced the need/market for pirating applications.

The Results


More of the rest of the article at

Written by syazli7

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 at 23:50:38 +0800

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UNDP, IBM and Oracle to Help APAC Countries adopt Open Computing Standards

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——– Forwarded Message ——–
> From:
> Reply-To: FOSS – Policy and Development Implications
> Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 21:55:09 +0700
> UNDP, IBM and Oracle to Help Asia-Pacific Countries Create Strategies
> and Policies for Adopting Open Computing Standards

> BANGKOK, 19 December 2006 – United Nations Development Programme
> (UNDP), IBM and Oracle today announced a joint research initiative to
> help Asia-Pacific countries share and create strategies, blueprints
> and policies for adopting the right blend of open standards and
> technology services. The goal will be for more countries to develop
> universally compatible applications and networks to make internal and
> external government services and transactions more automatic,
> affordable and efficient.
> The UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP-APDIP)
> will facilitate the development of Government Interoperability
> Frameworks (GIFs). Many countries around the world have developed GIFs
> to guide the development of government-wide systems and policies that
> permit electronic transactions and data and information exchange to
> take place seamlessly across agencies and jurisdictions.
> Today, many e-Government initiatives show that new systems are very
> often developed from scratch at both central and local levels. New
> systems are developed with specifications and solutions that match
> goals and tasks relevant to a particular administration, but without
> adequate attention to surrounding government institutions and
> information and communications technology (ICT) systems. The result is
> a patchwork of ICT solutions that are not always compatible with each
> other, reduced efficiency and duplication of effort.
> UNDP-APDIP, IBM and Oracle, together with the International Open
> Source Network (IOSN), have teamed up to conduct a thorough review of
> how governments in the region and beyond are promoting efficient,
> government-wide sharing of information and data by focusing on
> automatic technology services provided by computing networks, rather
> than individual technologies. For instance, this project will examine
> how existing GIFs are focused on a service-oriented architecture.
> The objective is to identify promising practices around
> interoperability, then document case studies of those practices in
> action, and ultimately develop and recommend guidelines. Over the next
> year, UNDP-APDIP will hold workshops to share experiences and findings
> of the project with interested groups, and publicly release studies
> and reports at various stages of the project.
> “UNDP believes that interoperability based on open standards reduces
> vendor lock-in and consequently reduces costs, ensures data and
> application longevity, and most importantly, simplifies technology for
> citizens and governments,” said Shahid Akhtar, Programme Coordinator
> “The governments involved in this exciting project have a unique
> opportunity to find out how they can make a real difference for their
> citizens,” said Bob Sutor, IBM’s Vice President of Open Source and
> Standards. “IBM is pleased to participate in this initiative, share
> what we know, and share what we have learned from others that have
> adopted a neutral and truly open approach to their computing
> infrastructure.”
> “Oracle is pleased to join with UNDP-APDIP and IBM on this important
> initiative that will help ensure governments obtain maximal benefit
> from their investments in ICT systems,? said Dr. Donald Deutsch,
> Oracle?s Vice President of Standards Strategy and Architecture, ?Open
> Standards provide the key foundation for interoperability of ICT
> systems and enable efficiency and innovation in enterprises of any
> size.”
> Further information will be announced on
> as and when it becomes available.

Written by syazli7

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 at 11:57:08 +0800

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Linux mirror updates

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This post is specifically targeted for Cyberjaya campus students who are looking for a place to update their Linux OS with a locally hosted mirror. These mirrors are either hosted in campus or in Cyberjaya and should serve as a better reference to update your OS if you’re living inside or nearby. Currently available Linux OS updates are: CentOS, Fedora Core (4-6), Debian, Slackware and Gentoo.

If you’re not living in campus, then VPN or bring your laptop on to campus at the Wifi spots.

For on campus, we currently only have a CentOS server repository which updates the OS. Please edit the following in your yum config:

name=CentOS-$releasever - Base
gpgkey= -GPG-KEY-centos4

#released updates
name=CentOS-$releasever – Updates
gpgkey= centos/RPM-GPG-KEY-centos4
For the Cyberjaya mirror, which currently supports updates for Fedora Core (4-6), Debian, Slackware and Gentoo. See the Open Source Competency Centre Cyberjaya mirror for more information.

Written by syazli7

Thu, 7 Dec 2006 at 22:30:24 +0800

Posted in MMU

Adobe efforts in Open Source

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Learn about a new open source project, hosted by the Mozilla Foundation, that uses code powering the ActionScript Virtual Machine.

Source: Adobe

Written by syazli7

Thu, 7 Dec 2006 at 20:12:30 +0800

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PC Fair KL 2006 (1 – 3 December 2006)

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For those who are heading for PC Fair, and would like to learn more about open source or like to get software loaded in your thumb drive for free, as well as CD’s, do come and drop by the Free Open Source Software booth at the PC Fair in KL, being held at the KL Convention Centre. You may check out the PC Fair website for more information.

Thanks for supporting the Open Source movement in Malaysia and choosing freedom, by dropping by our booth.

Written by syazli7

Fri, 1 Dec 2006 at 06:52:16 +0800

Posted in Events