Full steam ahead for Linux in Munich

The capital of Bavaria plans to complete its current migration of more than 80 percent of its desktop systems by 2008 and says that the first users of open software in the city’s administration are pleased with the initial results. On Tuesday, Munich’s mayor Christine Strobel said at the Systems trade fair that “up to now, we are very happy about the results” of the migration currently underways. “I am not a computer geek, but I must admit that it was easy to switch to the new software,” she reported. By the end of the year, some 200 workstations close to Lord Mayor Christian Ude and a number of nearby organizational units will be running on a special LiMux client. If everything runs according to schedule, most of the approximately 14,000 PCs will be migrated to Open Source in the next two years.

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Copyright Wishlist — Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales, founder, board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation asked the Wikimedia community for examples of works we would like to see made free. Here’s the details.

I would like to gather from the community some examples of works you would like to see made free, works that we are not doing a good job of generating free replacements for, works that could in theory be purchased and freed.

Dream big. Imagine there existed a budget of $100 million to purchase copyrights to be made available under a free license. What would you like to see purchased and released under a free license?

Photos libraries? textbooks? newspaper archives? Be bold, be specific, be general, brainstorm, have fun with it.

I was recently asked this question by someone who is potentially in a position to make this happen, and he wanted to know what we need, what we dream of, that we can’t accomplish on our own, or that we would expect to take a long time to accomplish on our own.


Visit this page to share your ideas. You might also want to check out Wikimedia.

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Web 2.0 in education

There’s an article on Digg titled “Detailed analysis of Web 2.0 in education

The article covers: educational blogging, photo sharing, educational podcasting, wikis, video sharing, Web 2.0 courses, School 2.0, and more.

If you aren’t familiar with web 2.0 then make sure to read the article.

Here’s my tongue in cheek Superuser Web 2.0 banner created with GIMP.

Superuser Web 2.0

Frozen Bubble v2.0

Frozen Bubble Homepage

Colorful 3D rendered penguin animations, 100 levels of 1p game, hours and hours of 2p game, nights and nights of 2p/3p/4p/5p game over LAN or Internet, a level-editor, 3 professional quality digital soundtracks, 15 stereo sound effects, 8 unique graphical transition effects, 8 unique logo eye-candies.

More than ever, you really need this game.

It was released a couple of days ago so also check out Pengupop.

Finally a networked multiplayer game in the vein of the puzzle classic Bust a Move/Puzzle Bobble! Beat your friends in this addictive game, or play against a random opponent! Remember to sign up to participate in the score system.


Its available on GNU/Linux MacOS X and windows. I played a few games online, at the end of each round you get to chat with your opponent. All the people I met were Spanish though they all spoke English as well. I learned some Spanish from this Wikibook and a friend who is studying Spanish at Uni so hola,  como estas ? La estudiante es tan inteligente como el profesor. If you let your kids play this game maybe think about introducing the Spanish book.

Pretty is a feature – Mark Shuttleworth

Ubuntu artwork

From Mark Shuttleworths blog

If we want the world to embrace free software, we have to make it beautiful. I’m not talking about inner beauty, not elegance, not ideological purity… pure, unadulterated, raw, visceral, lustful, shallow, skin deep beauty.

Make sure you read the rest of his blog. If you don’t know who Mark Shuttleworth is then visit Wikipedia and read these pages: Mark Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth Foundation, Ubuntu Foundation. For lazy people here’s some info about the Shuttleworth Foundation.

South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth established the Shuttleworth Foundation [1] in 2001, with the aim of driving social innovation in the field of education. The Foundation is built with the belief that education is the key to unlocking the creative and intellectual potential of the youth, inspiring them to believe that “anything is possible”.

Please dont be lazy, Mark Shuttleworth is a real hero so check him out.

The City of Chicago goes Linux, saves over 85%!

The City of Chicago’s announced successful migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for essential government programs including the vehicle registration system online job applications restaurant inspections ethics training and more. The City of Chicago migrated to Red Hat in order to reduce costs and improve support performance and scalability.

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Kids say “Thank you to (Ed)Ubuntu Team”

Edubuntu News:

Weve just installed these two donated computers in a community nursury and breakfast/after schol club in Lincolnshire, England. The machines are 600mhz/128mb/4.2gig and they took about 3/4’s of an hour to install and configure perfectly, and have cost the centre nothing!

The kids absolutely love them, most are from underpriviledged backgrounds and many of them have never used a computer before. As a result they will grow up computer literate. The Nursury just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks for all of the effort and long hours that the community has put into creating this supurb collection of software.

Keep Up the Good work!

From this forum thread

Voices Of Freedom – Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon presents his new song.

An acoustic, upbeat, happy tune written about the free software community. It is all about grouping together to make the world a better place. :)


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Standing beneathe your drifted bones,
The shining green your thrown,
The will to stand above and say,
I won’t live life this way,

Don’t you want to see, the way,
The way we’d be, the life, the you could lead,
Unchained and roaming free,

I believe,
In everything you say,
Our rights have gone away, and you said,
I believe,
In finding people fair, but the road leads to despair,

As one, we stand, so proud and tall,
For freedom never falls,
Below, the hoarders, stash their things,
Trapped by misery,
Freedom stepped aside, stood tall, took back his broken pride,
Designed, to play the game, to never be the same,

I believe,
In everything you say,
Our rights have gone away, and you said,
I believe,
In finding people fair, but the road leads to despair, won’t you say,
I believe,
In everything you say,
But the rights have gone away, won’t you say,
I believe,
In finding people fair, but the road leads to despair.

Some more info:

I actually wrote this song about free software and the people who make it happen. It is about taking a stand and having an impact on the world. The lyrics are all written about the ethos and spirit of the free software community.

Thanks Jono, I enjoyed the song, check out Jono Bacon website and Jono Bacon on Wikipedia.

Social web in support of informal learning and Knowing Knowledge

Social web in support of informal learning

They’ve figured out how we learn and want to work.

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