Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests

From: Klepas.org

Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests

Posted: June 14th, 2006, 11:48pm EST by Pascal

The press release just came in across the Linux Australia mailing lists:

Linux Australia, Australias peak Free and Open Source Software community group, announced the launch of a petition today calling on the federal government to resist pressure to abandon consumer and competition rights when drafting anti-circumvention laws. New laws are required under the terms of the Free Trade Agreement negotiated between Australia and the United States.

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Downtime

In-between looking for work, my volunteer work and moving house I’m not sure how often I’ll be online over the coming weeks. I might use the chance to unplug for a while, I’m not sure about my plans yet so if you want to volunteer to keep the blog moving along then please do but be quick

That shirt looks so old and faded. Here’s a pic of my mate Mike, you probably have to visit the blog and check out the shoutbox to see why its funny. HAHA cop that Mike. The best things in life are GNU.

Take care everyone. Happy Learning.

Participatory Culture Foundation

Participatory Culture Foundation

A truly healthy society enables everyone to participate, engage, and benefit. PCF is dedicated to creating technologies, services, and communities that ensure a more collaborative, inclusive world.

The Democracy Internet TV Platform

The Democracy internet TV platform is a free and open way to watch, share, and broadcast video on the internet. You can read about it below or get right to it: Get Democracy.

The site claims that Internet TV is here and gives you the tools to create your own channel. Well worth checking out.

Software Freedom Day

Thanks for reminding me that this is coming up Noiesmo.

software freedom day

From the Wikipedia Entry for Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). SFD is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of Free and Open Source Software, but also to encourage its use, to the benefit of the public.

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ICA05 deconstructed

Peter Shanks teaches information technology subjects at Bathurst TAFE NSW. He released a beta version of ICA05 deconstructed on Sourceforge.

The Austrailian ICA05 IT training package – deconstructed from the original PDF and put back into a MySQL database for further tinkering. Currently we support the creation of moodle modules, XML, and tiddlywiki output for individual subjects.

Visit the TAFE ICA05 project page.

Part of his announcement on a mailing list.

I’d like to invite any LAMP developers out there to download and play with the source for the ICA05 web app I announced last week.

If you have time, download the source and see what you think.

Mold the Ubuntu Gnome desktop into anything you want it to be

Issue 13 of the Free Software Magazine has an article on how to transform the stock Ubuntu desktop into whatever you like. Here’s screenshots of the Mac look and the windows look. Check out this post on Pascal Kleins Blog. lol.

Apple + knife + GNOME + boredom…

GNOME apple

…equals?

Although I messed up the first toe’s size so this foot only has three toes instead of the usual five the apple still tasted good.

A Five Minute Guide to Opposing DRM

I’ve been covering the Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Designcampaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies since its planning stages. Starting from scratch, in less than three months, the campaign has grown to 7000 members. This number is impressive.

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/five-minute-guide-opposing-drm

Blackboard Patenting Educational Groupware

This is really sad. Here’s the links:

There’s links and comments by bloggers on those pages for you to follow up on.

A while back with the pro teachers we spent some time looking at software idea patents, it doesn’t seem so irrelevant now so here’s some more info.

Spanish Region Goes Entirely Open Source

More Blockquote Goodness from Slashdot.

greengrass writes to tell us TechWorld is reporting that the Spanish region of Extremadura has decided to go completely open source with their day-to-day operations. While the region has long been a supporter of open source software, within a year it will be a requirement that all officials use the ODF and PDF formats for all documents.

From the article:

“Extremadura, Spain’s poorest region, made headlines following a 2002 decision to migrate about 70,000 desktops and 400 servers in its schools to a locally tailored version of Debian called gnuLinEx. The government has estimated that the total cost of this project was about 190,000 euros (£130,000), 18 million euros lower than if the schools had purchased Microsoft software. “

Web Badges/Buttons

Zwahlendesign has a nice list of Web Badges/Buttons that are generously available under GNU GPL thanks to Christian Zwahlen. The site also has a lot of info on design, Unix/Linux and office. When I get a spare moment I’ll to put together a block of web badges and create a few. I also noticed a nice news post.

Switch to Linux! A new website campaign has been started for people who wanted to switch from Windows to GNU/Linux or just Linux.

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