Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
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- Veterans Dept checks open-source options
(Australian Financial Review,
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs is considering
installing open-source software on its desktop computers as it
continues a wide-ranging technology revamp that has taken in almost
all of its information systems. If it goes ahead with the proposal,
the move would again put Veterans Affairs at the forefront of computer
and communications technology adoption, continuing several years of
intense change at the agency. It would also cement the department's
position of one of the country's most advanced users of open source
software, including the Linux operating system.
- Government says Finnish with IE 6
A government agency in Finland is urging the country's citizens to
avoid use of Internet Explorer until Microsoft has patched the Bofra
vulnerability. ... Microsoft has yet to announce when it will release
a patch for the vulnerability, which was published at the beginning
- UK Council Dumps Microsoft for Open Source
The local authority estimates that the move will save it some 1.4
million (US$2.6 million) over the next five years. ... According to
the council, as well as saving money, the project aims to ensure a
more consistent use of software systems across its departments and
services where a mixture of products are currently used.
- Norway reports additional benefits from move to Linux
In the midst of a migration to Linux, the city of Bergen, Norway
has reportedly expanded its estimates of the cost savings and other
benefits it expects to achieve in switching from Microsoft Windows
technologies. In a report at ZDNet published last week, Bergen CTO
Ole-Bjorn Tuftedal says he expects to save 30 percent on hardware costs
alone thanks to the efficiency of Linux -- this, in addition to cost
savings associated with licensing fees and other economic benefits he
had expected prior to testing open source for city-wide deployment.
- Linux in Government: Stanislaus County Does Linux with a Best Practices Slant
A couple of years ago, meeting government officials interested in
Linux surprised me. Recently, the incidence of inquires has become
somewhat commonplace, especially with initiatives being introduced
in states such as Massachusetts, Virginia, Mississippi, Rhode Island
and Utah. People in government work want to know how they can join
the march to open-source. ... As Robinson and I discussed Stanislaus
County's other accomplishments, such as the server consolidation to
Linux and the migration of major law enforcement applications, he said
his next initiatives involved finding a Linux desktop and moving the
eGovernment Web sites to Apache on Linux.
- Centrelink continues its crawl towards desktop Linux
Centrelink, the Australian government agency responsible for
distributing social security payments [has made] another step on the
organisation's path that seems to lead to the ubiquitous deployment
of Linux. ... 'We can scale all the way up to mainframe class systems
and provide a universal operating system that is almost divorced from
the hardware. That gives customers the ability to mix and match their
hardware rather than being tied into a particular box on a particular
operating system,' [manager for Novell's government accounts said].
- UK report says Linux is 'viable'
The software could 'generate significant savings,' according to the [UK]
Office of Government Commerce. ... The pilot schemes found that using
Linux can extend the life of equipment and limit the number of servers
need to run programs.
- Singapore government switches to OpenOffice.org
The Ministry of Defence in Singapore has decided to switch from
Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org, a move which could involve 20,000
PCs, according to reports.
- Citizen Microsoft
While Microsoft promotes the positive impact of success, all this
growth has placed a heavy burden on our schools, roads, and overall
livability. ... Recently, Forbes ranked Seattle as the most overpriced
city in the country. Our school class sizes are the fourth largest
in the nation. Washington's percentage of residents enrolled in
college ranks 46th out of 50 states. Seattle teacher salaries rank
97th out of 100 major cities. Our traffic is the 17th worst in the
country. And let's not forget more than 167,000 Washington children
without health care and the growing ranks of homeless citizens staking
out highway off-ramps in search of handouts. ... Seven years ago,
Microsoft opened a small office in Reno, Nev., to collect the money
it got from PC manufacturers that installed Windows and Office on
the computers they sold. In the years since, Microsoft has sheltered
more than $60 billion in royalty revenue in Nevada, a state with no
corporate income tax, costing Washington an estimated $327 million in
unrealized tax revenue.
- Virus puts brakes on licensing for the week
(The Denver Post,
State driver's licenses and identification cards won't be available
for the remainder of the week because of a virus that has crippled
the computer system since Friday. As many as 20,000 Coloradans may
be inconvenienced by the computer down time.
- License issuance still idled
(The Denver Post,
State driver's licenses and identification cards won't be issued
again today, inconveniencing thousands of Coloradans for a second
straight day. An unidentified computer virus forced the Colorado
Department of Revenue to close the system at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and it
hasn't been up since...
- UN backs drive for free software
The UN's International Open Source Network (IOSN) helped promote
the first annual Software Freedom Day on 28 August, giving out CDs
and booklets about the technology. ... In many developing countries,
widespread access is difficult due to the high costs involved in
setting up computer systems, buying licences and software support.
IOSN tries to encourage countries to adopt affordable software so that
the digital divide can be overcome.
- Linux saves Singapore's national library 30% over Windows 2003
The National Library Board of Singapore has migrated to Linux as
part of a move to counter end-of-life support issues with Windows NT and
save an estimated 30 percent over a move to Windows 2003...
- UN organizes open-source software day across Asia
The United Nations, through its
International Open Source Network (IOSN) will organize the first annual
Software Freedom Day on Saturday in an effort to educate Asian users
about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and encourage
its wider use in the region. ... 'FOSS ... represents an opportunity
for these countries to adopt affordable software and solutions toward
bridging the digital divide.'
- Opt for open source codes for better software security: Kalam
[India's president] advised
defence scientists to shun proprietary systems and opt for open source
codes to enhance software security in defence networks.
- U.S., citing security concerns, steers consumers away from IE
of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team touched
off a storm this week when it recommended for security reasons using
browsers other than Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer. ... The
particular virus initiated this week ... allows keystroke analysis of
user information. The target is believed to be credit card numbers. CERT
estimated that as many as tens of thousands of Web sites may [have been
infected with the malicious code, via a vulnerability in Microsoft's
'Internet Information Services' webserver software].
- Mississippi Launches Linux-Based Safety System
The state of Mississippi has launched a Linux-based,
mobile public safety system that links police, fire and emergency
services to a single DB2 database.
- Munich Linux decision official
Linux has officially won 14,000 municipal desktops
in Munich, Germany, after a year-long decision process that saw
Microsoft reduce its pricing and merited a visit from Microsoft CEO
Steve Baller. The 82-member city council formally votes tomorrow on
a proposal to dump Windows NT for Linux.
- Massachusetts Builds Open-Source Public Repository
Massachusetts [has unveiled] a new software repository designed to let
government agencies make more efficient use of open-source software. The
repository will be managed by the Government Open Code Collaborative, a
newly formed group of seven states and four municipalities that will
contribute and download open-source software and proprietary software
designed by government agencies for their use.
- [Australian] Tax [Office] to open up software policy
The Australian Tax Office will adopt an open-source software policy for
the first time, opening its Microsoft-dominated standard operating
environment (SOE) to products such as Linux.
- Microsoft in human rights row
An Amnesty International report has cited Microsoft among a clutch of
leading computer firms heavily criticised for helping to fuel 'a dramatic
rise in the number of people detained or sentenced for internet-related
- Open Source in Government: Newport News, Va.
What if you ran a city government and had to upgrade your infrastructure,
productivity applications, comply with new homeland security standards, and
do it in the midst of a budget crunch[?] ... In this interview, Andy provides
us with insights to what problems local governments face and how they can
deploy open source components in the enterprise.
- [Australian Capital Territory] set to adopt open source bill
The Australian Capital Territory is set to become the first jurisdiction in the country to adopt a bill which says that public bodies should, as far as practicable, consider the use of open source software when procuring computer software. ... 'Since June this year, the ACT government has paid almost $15 million to Microsoft for software licence fees. Open source software was available that could have done the job more cheaply and provided local jobs...'
- [Britain's National Health Service] may ditch Microsoft on costs
'Our evaluation of the Java Desktop System holds the promise of allowing a
greater share of NHS funding to flow directly towards improved levels of
patient service...' [L]icense cost savings would come to tens of millions
of pounds directly.
- Faster, Better, Cheaper: Open-Source Practices May Help Improve Software Engineering
(National Science Foundation,
[Formal studies are] finding that, in many ways, open-source development can be faster, better and cheaper than the 'textbook' software engineering often used in corporate settings. ... [Open Source development] represents a new approach based on community building and other socio-technical mechanisms that might benefit traditional software engineering. ... The researchers also report that open-source development is better because of, among other features, its informality, which enables continuous system design and more agile development processes. And open-source is cheaper because the development tools are often open-source themselves...
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