Linux is Everywhere

26 12 2013

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” Linux is Everywhere. From Space Stations to Microwave Ovens, Linux powers everything.” You might have heard that a lot and have always wondered ” Is that just a phrase or is it actually true ? “  Be assured, it is true. World’s biggest companies use Linux in one way or another but you are not going to believe unless I take names. Well, get ready for a roller coaster ride across the globe where I show you where and how Linux is used
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Most of the Governments use Linux, which is pretty obvious for two major reasons. It saves money and provides the flexibility no other OS can . Below is a comprehensive list of Governments around the global using Linux -:

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The Halloween Documents: Microsoft’s Anti-Linux Strategy 15 Years Later

31 10 2013

It’s almost Halloween—which marks 15 years since Eric S. Raymond published the first leaked “Halloween Documents” documenting Microsoft’s (MSFT) secret strategy to compete with Linux and open source. A lot has changed since then, when terms such as “fear, uncertainty and doubt” (FUD) first exploded into the lexicon. But how much remains the same? Do Microsoft and open source play nicely today?

The Halloween Documents, so-called because the first one leaked in October 1998, don’t actually have much to do with Halloween itself—which I find sad, as an avid fan of the holiday. But for understanding the historical relationship between Microsoft and open source, the memos are vital.

They were the first to reveal the particularly nasty “tricks” Microsoft planned in its effort to contain the open source movement, and to prevent Linux in particular from cutting too deeply into its revenue. One key strategy for the company was implementing proprietary protocols to lock customers into Microsoft software. Another was touting Microsoft software as offering lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, even though the documents showed that Microsoft itself found Linux to be the cheaper overall solution in many cases.

History, however, has proven Microsoft’s strategy largely wrong. Fifteen years after Raymond published the first of the documents (he subsequently added several more to his site, along with extensive commentary), which Microsoft later acknowleded to be authentic, Windows and Linux continue to coexist. And while Linux and open source never became an existential threat to Microsoft, as the Halloween Documents suggest executives at the company once feared, it’s hard to deny that they have significantly curtailed the company’s share of important markets, like servers operating systems and applications, for many years. Microsoft might be a richer enterprise today if it had achieved the goals it articulated in the Halloween Documents.

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French police move from Windows to Ubuntu Linux

7 10 2013

Summary: The big reason the French Gendarmerie made the Linux move? It saved them 40 percent in total cost of ownership over Windows.

There are many reasons to switch to a Linux desktop from Windows. Better security; not having to worry over possible built-in privacy leaks; and, last but never least, Linux is cheaper… a lot cheaper.
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That’s the big reason why the Gendarmerie, which with the Police Nationale, serves France as a national police force, has been slowly, but surely moving to a customized version of Ubuntu Linux, from Windows XP.

In an European Union report for government administrators, Major Stéphane Dumond of the French Home Office is reported to have said at the Evento Linux conference that, “Using an open-source desktop lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 40 percent in savings on proprietary software licenses and by reducing costs on IT management. Using Ubuntu Linux massively reduces the number of local technical interventions.”

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Kubuntu Linux Emerges From Ubuntu’s Shadow

5 09 2013

The KDE desktop variant of Ubuntu Linux gets its own commercial support as it begins life away from Canonical.

Thanks to support vendor Emerge Open, the Kubuntu Linux distribution now has its own commercial support for those users and enterprises that need or want it. Kubuntu is the KDE desktop version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution that is commercially supported by Canonical. The primary Ubuntu Linux distribution is based on the GNOME Linux desktop.

“Canonical used to provide a commercial support service for Kubuntu but dropped it last year,” Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell told eWEEK.

Riddell explained that Kubuntu is one of the flavors of Ubuntu and, along with the flagship Ubuntu Desktop, it gets server infrastructure to build packages and host Kubuntu distribution.

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Open-Source LibreOffice Gets Commercial Support

5 09 2013

Developers from SUSE Linux join the effort to provide support for LibreOffice, an OpenOffice fork.

Growing the Business

LibreOffice as an open-source software suite is available today for free. The plan for Collabora Productivity—which is self-funded—is to find new business opportunities, both online and through partnerships with resellers and service providers.

“We’re aiming for steady, organic growth both of ourselves and the wider LibreOffice ecosystem,” Meeks said. “Collabora Productivity is here for the long term, and we have plenty of runway to build a sustainable business that delights

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New Zealand bans software patents

29 08 2013

softpatents Summary: The passage of a new patent law marks end of years of debate and lobbying.

By | August 28, 2013 — 10:54 GMT (03:54 PDT)

 

New Zealand has finally passed a new Patents Bill that will effectively outlaw software patents after five years of debate, delay, and intense lobbying from multinational software vendors.

Aptly named Commerce Minister Craig Foss welcomed the modernization of the patents law, saying it marked a “significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand”.

“By clarifying the definition of what can be patented, we are giving New Zealand businesses more flexibility to adapt and improve existing inventions, while continuing to protect genuine innovations,” Foss said.

The nearly unanimous passage of the Bill was also greeted by Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) chief executive Paul Matthews, who congratulated Foss for listening to the IT industry and ensuring that software patents were excluded.

Matthews said it was a breakthrough day “where old law met modern technology and came out on the side of New Zealand’s software innovators”.

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Valencia region government completes switch to LibreOffice

24 08 2013

The administration of the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia has completed its switch to LibreOffice, a free and open source suite of office productivity applications. Last week Friday the region’s ICT department announced that the office suite is installed on all of the 120,000 desktop PCs of the administration, including schools and courts. The migration will save the government some 1.5 million euro per year on proprietary software licences.

Apart from economic benefits, the commitment to free and open source software brings other advantages, including having the solutions available in the Valencian language as well as in Spanish, and IT vendor independence, which encourages competition”, the ICT department’s Director General, Sofia Bellés, said in a statement. “We also have the freedom to modify and adapt the software to our every need.”

Director Bellés says that the Valencia region’s migration began in the second half of 2012. It has already helped to save 1.3 million euro that would otherwise have been spent on licences for a proprietary office suite. The switch is part of measures taken by the region’s council to reduce the cost of ICT, in particular by saving on proprietary software licences.

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