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.
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. “
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.
Paul “Rusty” Russell, Australian Linux kernel hacker, visited Humbug on Saturday, gave a talk on the possible consequences of Australia’s obligations under the FTA. You can read the information, listen to his audio and view the slides.
On Klepas.org there’s an article What rights do I actually still have? explaining things in a way that may help the average person understand how this issue affects us.
Please sign the petition at http://linux.org.au/law and talk about these issues with friends family and business partners. Make your digital rights an issue for yourself and your government representative.
A couple of weeks back Noiesmo set up Xgl and compiz on my
system and quite a few people have been really impressed by it. Some
people no matter what they do they just want to look good while doing it
while others couldn’t care less. Below are a few screenshots, I
probably should have changed the black background to make it look a bit
cooler but till you see it in action its hard to get a good idea of what
its really like.
Noiesmo recently updated his Xgl howtos, for both Nvidia and ATI video cards. They have his guides on freenode kubuntu bot which means in irc chat you can type a message !xgl in #kubuntu channel and it links to his howtos. How good is that. Its nice to have his help. Thanks Noiesmo from everyone, this is a really cool thing for kids to play with. You can have a closer look at these images on the gallery.
I was discussing the Games that Empower project with some
hardcore gamers and they said something like “but there aren’t any real
games on Linux” so I just wanted to share some info about some of the
other games that you can play. Some of them you have to pay for and some
don’t make the source code available. Here’s some of the well known
ones that we can play together.
I wrote a Fedora Core 5 review on the wiki. Its really short, it describes the install and has screenshots showing the Gnome desktop environment. If your totally clueless about the GNU/Linux desktop then this should give you an idea of what it looks like and some of the applications you can run.
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Australia starts today.
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Australia, is the worlds leading trade show and conference for management and IT professionals, to learn about Linux and open source applications, solutions, ROI and Total Cost of Ownership.
Here’s some other interesting info from digging through a few sites.
NSW State Revenue Office claims 83% reduction in costs under Linux “The tax collection agency has declared it would rather switch desktop operating systems than lock itself into Microsoft’s licensing regime…” “As soon as support ends for XP, we will look at moving to Linux [desktops],” Babhoota said…
Linux 40 per cent cheaper than Windows, exclaims IBM “Linux’s total cost of operation (TCO) is typically 40 percent lower than Windows, according to an IBM-sponsored report from the Robert Frances Group (RFG), publicized by IBM last week…”