Quebec government sued for buying Microsoft software

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FACIL, a non-profit association which promotes the collective appropriation of Free Software, has filed a motion before the Quebec Superior Court contesting the purchasing methods of the Quebec government. Between Feb and June 2008 the government purchased proprietary software from Microsoft worth in the region of 25 million dollars. In Quebec the government has a public market policy which requires them to stimulate competition and look for local alternatives. Going direct to Microsoft without going to tender is clearly going against the very rules the government themselves set out.

Free Software utilization in public administration could potentially create thousands of jobs and significantly lower the costs of software licensing. Quebecs government have refused to cooperate thus far with regards to implementing Free Software. FACIL hope that by bringing this matter to the attention of the court, the public market law will be respected in future.

Happy Birthday to GNU

Happy birthday GNU πŸ™‚ Thank you to all the GNU hackers that write free software, thank you for giving me so much freedom when I use my computer and thanks from my friends who I share it with πŸ˜€

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September 2, 2008 by Bradley M. Kuhn – SFLC

Twenty-five years ago this month, I had just gotten my first computer, a Commodore 64, and was learning the very basics (quite literally) of programming. Unfortunately for my education, it would be a full eight years before I’d be permitted to see any source code to a computer program that I didn’t write myself. I often look back at those eight years and consider that my most formative years of programming learning were wasted, since I was not permitted to study the programs written by the greatest minds…Read more

Mike Linksvayer, September 2nd, 2008 – Creative Commons Weblog

One of the movements and projects directly inspired by GNU is Creative Commons. We’re still learning from the free software movement. On a practical level, all servers run by Creative Commons are powered by GNU/Linux and all of the software we develop is free software.

So please join us in wishing the GNU project a happy 25th birthday by spreading a happy birthday video from comedian Stephen Fry. The video, Freedom Fry, is released under a CC Attribution-NoDerivatives license…Read more