City of Munich: “Migration to sustainable desktop completed successfully”

30 05 2013

The administration of the city of Munich in Germany has completed the switch to the open source desktop, says Peter Hofmann, head of the migration project last week Wednesday. The IT department is now securing the strategy, to make sure it can be maintained by the city and to sustainably support interactions with citizens, businesses and other public authorities.

Hofmann, speaking at the Linux Tag conference in Berlin on 22 May, is confident that the city’s open source strategy can be maintained because it is focused on sustainability. “We took small steps, instead of a big bang approach. We prefer quality over time and choose making it ourselves over waiting or spending.”

The city is now using a unified desktop system, Limux, its own distribution based on the Ubuntu Linux open source operating system and open source applications, on 14,000 of the total 15,000 desktops, spread over 51 offices across the city. That is 2,000 more than it’s intended goal, using Limux on 80 % of its desktops. Hofmann confirmed that the city will now switch to using the LibreOffice, an open source suite of office productivity tools, replacing the current open source alternative OpenOffice, that is used since 2006.

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Open Letter to fellow ex-Microsoftie Steven Sinofsky « keithcu.com

16 11 2012


Open Letter to fellow ex-Microsoftie Steven Sinofsky

Congratulations on leaving Microsoft. Unless you have bills to pay, you won’t regret it. I left at the end of 2004, and have since studied a vast and amazing — but still flawed – world of computing out there.

For example, I discovered that we should already have cars that (optionally) drive us around and computers that talk to us. And that Linux on the desktop is powerful and rich but failing because of several strategic mistakes. Google claims to be a friend of Linux and free software, but most of their interesting AI code is locked up. Programming should be a part of basic math literacy for every child. The biotechnology world is proprietary like Microsoft, which is stunting progress in new medicines and safer devices.

The most important lesson is that the free software world outside Microsoft is much bigger and richer. No matter what aspect of technology you want to work on, there are codebases and communities out there. Even the large companies who write proprietary software like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter use free software as their base. So you first find out what you want to work on, and then you find the existing codebases and communities to join. In some cases, the are multiple, so you need to decide which best meets your needs.

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Icelandic government prepares switch to open source

24 03 2012

The open source web site of the European Commission is reporting that Iceland’s government has started a project to prepare for the migration of all its workstations to open source software. This project
is scheduled to be completed within a year and according to its leader, Tryggvi Björgvinsson, the city of Reykjavik, the National Hospital and all of the country’s ministries are setting good examples for such migrations.

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http://m.h-online.com/open/news/item/Icelandic-government-prepares-switch-to-open-source-1478484.html?mrw_channel=open;mrw_channel=open;from-classic=1

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Android, Linux Coming Together After Having Forged Separate Paths

21 03 2012

While Google’s Android mobile operating system–like a number of mobile OSes–are based on Linux, Android has forged on a separate path of its own. However, Android and Linux may come closer together now after having gone separate ways as the Android code has been readmitted to a staging area for inclusion the Linux kernel, the core Linux code maintained by project founder Linus Torvalds,’ according to a report by Wired.

Full story at:
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/03/21/android-linux-coming-together-after-having-forged-separate-paths/

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The growth of LibreOffice over Microsoft Office

6 03 2012

LibreOffice after one and half-years as an open source office productivity suite has grown from being just a fork of OpenOffice.org (OOo) and emerged as an independent tool for those who prefer the openness and scope of work copyleft offers over claustrophobic copyright licenses and proprietary software. Following the game-changing split and backing by The Document Foundation (TDF) LibreOffice has over 25,000 code commits and 330 contributors. Secondly, it has over 15million Linux OS users, a further 10 million users are split between Microsoft (90-percent) and Mac OS X (5- percent).

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“We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

22 02 2011

 

Cabinet Office lays down the open source law

Published 15:50, 22 February 11

Monday 21st February 2011 saw the first ‘Open Source System Integrators Forum’ held by the Cabinet Office and I’d like to share a few modest bits of news with you all…

Firstly, the occurrence of the event itself is news. The Cabinet Office assembled all the big System Integrators who make up the majority of UK Government and Public Sector IT spending, currently running between £16 billion to £21 billion every year.

The Message of the day was simple, and delivered with panache by Deputy Government CIO Bill McCluggage and other members of the Open Source team in the Cabinet Office (yes, that’s right – there is an Open Source team and a Director responsible for their plans). The message was “We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

E cá pelo burgo? quando vamos abrir os olhos?

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KDE Software Compilation 4.4.0 (Codename: “Caikaku”) Lançado

9 02 2010

9 de Fevereiro de 2010.

Hoje a comunidade KDE anuncia a disponibilidade imediata do KDE SC 4.4, "Caikaku", trazendo uma coleção inovadora de aplicações para os usuários de Software Livre. Novas tecnológias foram introduzidas, incluindo redes sociais e ferramentas de colaboração online, uma nova interface orientada a netbooks e inovações infra-estruturais como o framework de autenticação KAuth. De acordo com o sistema de bugs do KDE, 7293 bugs foram corrigidos e 1433 novas requisições de ferramentas foram implementadas. A comunidade KDE gostaria de agradecer a todos que tornaram o lançamento dessa versão possível.

Ler as informações de lançamento em português do Brasil