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Hoosier Daddy? Indiana Schools Adopt Linux

Considering the matter of Toronto schools and access to FOSS, it was interesting to see this Information week article on Indiana switching more than 20,000 students to Linux.

More CopyCamp information

The CopyCamp website has been updated with answers to many questions, providing more information for those thinking of attending this event in Toronto from September 28 to the 30'th. This event will bring together people from the arts community, the Free/Libre and Open Source Software community, and others interested in creativity and copyright together in one conference. The full list of questions includes:


  • What is CopyCamp?
  • What is an unconference? What is a camp? Is this one?
  • Who is running CopyCamp?
  • Is it free? Is it expensive?

BSD, The Best Software Program Ever Written: InformationWeek

While the InformationWeek article does talk about Unix/Linux in general as the top entry of its 12 greatest software programs of all time, it singles out BSD4.3 as the heart of the system's greatness and global significance.

Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage

An article by Stephen Shankland, Staff Writer, CNET News.com includes:

Intel has released open-source software to give Linux full-fledged support for 3D graphics, a move that could give its graphics chips a leg up over rivals.

OSDL Signs Up Xandros to Accelerate Adoption of Desktop Linux

An August 09, 2006 ODSL and Xandros press release includes:

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux® and open source software, and Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, today announced that Xandros is joining the Labs to help drive the adoption of desktop Linux. Xandros will participate in OSDL's Desktop Linux (DTL) working group with a specific focus on advancing standards-based usability and consistency.

Xandros is has headquarters in New York, offices in Frankfurt and Mumbai, and research and development facilities in Ottawa.

FACIL monthly presentation: downloading, copyright and the recent infamous DADVSI French law

FACIL, is holding an event on Friday the 11th of August 2006, 18h00 at the CRIM (550 Sherbrooke O., suite 100, near metro McGill).

Read the English translation of the announcement. I will be there to help clarify where Canada differs from the French process and law.

FACIL is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of Free Software in Quebec.

Torvalds' comments on GPLv3 committees refuted: Looking for feedback.

A NewsForge article by Bruce Byfield includes:

Torvalds' comments should probably be read in the context of his statement that his particular concerns, notably the mention of DRM, have not been addressed. Yet, in fact, they have been. In an interview with NewsForge, Eben Moglen, who heads the revision process, specifically mentioned that some changes in the second draft were specifically made in response to Torvalds' concerns. Apparently, the changes were not enough to satisfy Torvalds, who has ideological differences with the FSF, but that is no reason to condemn the process itself as hypocritical.

Whose hardware is it anyway?

With the recent launch of the Petition to protect Information Technology property rights at the Ottawa Linux Symposium (French translation in progress), we now move to the harder stage of explaining the petition not only to those who we want to sign it, but those whose activities we wish to influence. It is not only politicians who must help protect our property rights, but also software authors who we want to discourage from working with monopolies in the hardware manufacturing and content industries to circumvent our property rights.

Brandon Elementary transformed by K12LTSP

In light of the Toronto District School Board discussions, I thought this recent news item appropriate and very encouraging:

Brandon Elementary transformed by K12LTSP - Two parent volunteers at an Atlanta district school have revolutionized technology use there by replacing Windows workstations with Linux on thin clients, using K12LTSP. [Newsforge]

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