Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
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- One school district answers Microsoft's pricing with open source
(CNET 'The Open Road' Blog,
What if your local school district had to choose between Microsoft
software licenses or education for your children? This isn't far off
from the choice Windsor Unified School District in California recently
faced... a $100,000 price tag from Microsoft (half the district's IT
budget) and another $200,000 for security software from Trend Micro
[... Faced with this,] the district's new IT administrator turned to
- Ignoring open source is costing us dear
(The Guardian, Opinion Column,
Schools are not much better, a double tragedy because they not
only don't benefit from savings but also lose the opportunity to
train children in the skills of the future. Equally serious is the
indifference of small companies. This, we were told, was down to a
suspicion that anything that is free can't be any good. This is not a
view shared by Google or Amazon - both huge users of open source. It
was strongly disputed by a representative from Malmaison, the very
cool hotel group which has put most of its operations on to open source
for one simple reason: 'high performance and low cost'.
- EU Commission Study Finds You'll Save Money Switching to FOSS
The EU Commission's Final Report on its 'Study on the Economic impact
of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU'
... [concludes] a transition toward open source reports of savings on
the long term cost of ownership... [and training] costs to migrate to
[open source] are temporary...
- Windows screwup forces Ubuntu shift
A match made in hell: You never quite wrap your head around how
anti-consumer Microsoft's policies are until they bite you in the bum. Add in
the customer antagonistic policies of its patsies, HP in this case, and vendors
like Promise, and you have quite a recipe for pain.
- India State to Dump Windows for Linux
A southern Indian state plans to switch all school computers from
Microsoft Windows to the free Linux operating system... computers used
in some 12,500 high schools in the state of Kerala [will be switched
- OpenDocument Approved by ISO/IEC Members
With adoption of ODF by ISO/IEC now assured, software that implements
the standard will now become more attractive to those European and
other government purchasers for whom global adoption by ISO/IEC is
either desirable, or required. Given the ongoing unhappiness in Europe
with Microsoft over what the EU regards as unacceptable bundling and
other practices, this may be particularly significant, especially when
taken with the desire of many European and other purchasers to use
open source products whenever possible. Offerings such as OpenOffice
and KOffice therefore should receive a boost in appeal and usage,
as well as for-sale versions, such as Sun's StarOffice and IBM's
- UK city to move 5,500 desktops to StarOffice
The Bristol (UK) City Council Thursday made the decision to convert its
5,500 desktops from Microsoft Office to Sun Microsystems's OpenDocument
Format-compliant StarOffice office suite. The city, after extensive
study, concluded that it would save 60 percent of total costs of
ownership over a five-year period by making the switch.
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hints at possibility of Microsoft litigating against Linux
In an interview with Forbes, Microsoft?s CEO Steve Ballmer stops
short of announcing patent litigation against Linux.
- Homeland Security report tracks down rogue open source code
The authors of a US government-sponsored report claim to have delivered
the first reliable guide into judging the safety and reliability of
open source software. The report, backed by the US Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), has evaluated 31 popular open source packages
searching for defects that will cause 'hard crashes' - problems that
leave users open to hackers or cause downtime. [...] the report ... has
effectively given the Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP)
stack a healthy rating. [It] 'showed significantly better software
quality' above the report's baseline[,] with an average of .32 defects
per 1,000 lines of code...
- Linux Allies Rebut Microsoft 'Get the Facts' Campaign
[A] 17-page research report entitled "Get the Truth on Linux Management"
[has been published] that challenges Redmond's claims that Linux has
a higher TCO (total cost of ownership) and systems management costs
than Windows. The study's overall conclusion is that Linux may,
in many cases, be substantially less expensive to own than Windows
- Spyware Barely Touches Firefox
Internet Explorer users can be as much as 21 times more likely to end
up with a spyware-infected PC than people who go online with Mozilla's
Firefox browser, academic researchers [said]. ... [Researchers] sent
their crawlers to 45,000 Web sites, cataloged the executable files
found, and tested malicious sites' effectiveness by exposing unpatched
versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox to "drive-by downloads."
... no domain managed to infect the Firefox-equipped PC in a drive-by
- California Holds Hearing on Open Source Software in Election Systems
(Government Technology Magazine,
Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach, Calif.), chairwoman of the
Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee,
and a candidate for California Secretary of State, conducted a hearing
today to look at how private companies, as well as state and federal
agencies, have begun using "open source software" and where it can
or should be used in California's electoral system.
- Surveys show open source popularity on the rise in industry
A survey conducted by IT consulting firm Optaros and InformationWeek
magazine shows that American companies and government organizations
are saving millions of dollars with open source software. Conducted in
September 2005, the survey is based on responses collected from over
500 companies, government agencies, and organizations. According to
the collected data, approximately 87 percent of American organizations
use open source software within their technology infrastructure.
- XP faster than Linux? Not so fast!
[A recent] Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout ...
[declared] that 'Microsoft handily beat the open source
platform.' The basis for this judgment? 'OS boot time and application
load times' on two different PCs. ... For starters, you're not
comparing operating systems at all, you're comparing the loading time
of two office suites. How fast they load has a good deal to do with
the applications themselves, not with the operating system.
- Open source gives South African farmers a leg-up
From the list of attendees, it was obvious that open source in Europe
is A Really Big Thing(TM) - several hundred delegates from the UK and
continental Europe converged on Amsterdam's classiest hotel to receive
the wisdom there imparted. Nevertheless, it was still a surprise to
see that the Limpopo Provincial Government's department of agriculture
had sent a representative to the show.
- UK school switches to Linux
The Mall School in Richmond has replaced its aging Windows 2000 PCs
with a state of the art Linux thin-client network, offering access to a
wealth of educational software at a fraction of the cost of an upgraded
Microsoft-based solution. Educational organisations, including BECTA,
have recently been pointing out the enormous potential benefits to
schools of open source software such as Linux. The Mall School is
starting to make these benefits a reality.
- Back to School, Linux Style
'This groundbreaking initiative makes it possible for schools to
afford computers for every student, something that makes a huge impact
on their overall educations.' A new shipment of computers is set to
roll out to pilot school districts this month. If the Indiana Access
Program is successful, a total of 300,000 Linux machines could be
deployed in the near future...
- Schools ink deal for open source
The Education Ministry has signed an 18-month software licensing
deal with Novell New Zealand, the ministry's first deal to provide
open source software to schools.
- Study: Cost Not Only Open Source Driver
Price isn't the driver of the decision to use open source software,
according to a report by Evans Data. ... Stacey Quandt, principal of
the IT analysis firm Quandt Analytics, agreed. "Many users gravitate
toward [open source] or consider it because of the perception of lower
cost," she said. "But, when someone chooses open source software,
they're choosing it based on technical requirements." ...
Among software developers, Evans Data has found a rising trend toward
including open source modules. While 38.1 percent said they used OSS
modules in their applications in Spring of 2001, in the most recent
survey, 56.2 percent said they had.
- Behind The Numbers: Linux Gets High Marks For Security
The IT world may be an insecure place, but don't blame Linux. In fact,
very few IT pros participating in InformationWeek Research's Linux
and open-source survey say Linux has introduced security problems into
their IT environments. ... One thing appears to be working in favor of
Linux adoption: the speedy availability of software patches and bug
fixes, essential components when adversity strikes. Two in five of
246 sites using Linux on servers report that fast access to patches
and fixes is prompting them to speed up their adoption of Linux,
while fast access is driving 44% of 155 sites deploying Linux on PCs
to move to the operating system faster.
- Norwegian Minister says that all public sectors need to make a plan for the use of Open Source by 2005
(IDABC (European eGovernment Services),
The Norwegian government is taking large steps in their software
policy: everybody in the public sector has to develop a plan for
use of open source solutions within 2006. The Norwegian Minister of
Modernization, Morton A. Meyer, presented new plan for information
technology in Norway called "eNorge — the digital leap",
where one of the points concerned open standards and open source.
- Open source given the thumbs up as viable alternative by Whitehall
Open source software should be considered alongside proprietary
software in IT procurements and a combination of both open source and
proprietary approaches should stimulate creativity and innovation, the
report said. [...] It highlighted examples of successful open source
implementations in government, including the Ministry of Defence's
Defence Academy, where open source was chosen for its functionality,
and Powys Council, which had "dramatically reduced" the number of
- Norwegian Minister: Proprietary Formats No Longer Acceptable in Communication with Government
The Minister, as part of the plan, has charged all government
institutions, both at the national and local level, to by the end
of 2005 have worked out a recommendation for the use of open source
code in the public sector. Further by the end of 2006 every body of
the public sector in Norway must have in place a plan for the use of
open source code and open standards.
- The BBC News website - under the bonnet
The BBC News website serves 3 million users and 24 million page
impressions every day. We try to make sure that the site is available
for everyone round the clock. ... The servers themselves are running
Apache web server software on either the Linux or Solaris operating
- Detroit high school opens its desktops
The school had about a hundred older computers running Microsoft
Office 97 and Windows NT, and some kind of upgrade was clearly
required. It would have been an easy decision to simply upgrade to
Microsoft Office 2000, but that would have required replacing all the
computers with more powerful systems -- a large expenditure which could
be better spent on other technology needs. Hansknecht had a better idea:
OpenOffice.org. ... Realistically, upgrading the older PCs to Windows
XP would require a complete hardware replacement. As an alternative,
Hansknecht thought the older PCs could be converted to Linux terminals
using software from the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP). Although
it would be necessary to purchase Linux servers to support LTSP clients,
no PC replacements would be required. The cost analysis was compelling
-- the Linux option could be implemented for around $21,000, more than
$100,000 less than the Microsoft Windows alternative.
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