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[News] Mandriva Voted "Product of the Year 2007" in Russian Exhibition

  • Subject: [News] Mandriva Voted "Product of the Year 2007" in Russian Exhibition
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 06:50:18 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Mandriva Linux selected as "Product of the Year 2007" at the Russian Softool

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| Mandriva has been selected as 'Product of the Year 2007' in the Linux 
| category at the Softool exhibition in Moscow. The 'Product of the Year 2007' 
| competition was held by the department of information technologies and 
| computing systems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Federal Agency of 
| Information Technologies, the publishing house SK Press, and IT-expo.    
| [...]
| Mandriva Linux will also soon be certified by the Federal Service of Export 
| and Technical Control, allowing public sector agencies and organizations 
| dealing with confidential information to use Mandriva Linux.  


The government there is moving to Mandriva Linux, but Microsoft is already
pulling some dirty old tricks (links below).


Russian public agencies choose Mandriva

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| Mandriva development is carried out jointly by Mandriva's offices in Russia, 
| France and Brazil. The Mandriva Linux OS is thus considered a national OS for 
| Russia. The decision of FSTEC of the Russian Federation (RF) implied that 
| Russian public agencies will be authorised to use the Mandriva Linux OS on 
| PCs running confidential information.    


Russian Government Will Migrate to OpenSource

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| Russia decided to follow after EU countries, where opensource
| solutions are more spread then in Russia. Currently, some Russian
| companies can offer their own Desktop Linux OS (the major companies
| are ASPLinux, ALTLinux, Linux-Online and LinuxCenter).


Russian schools abandon Windows after piracy scare 

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| Microsoft says that the incident has nothing to do with them, but it 
| appears that Russian schools in the area are so scared about being shipped 
| off to a Siberian Gulag, that they are buying Linux gear instead.
| [..]
| According to Karpushin, schools would start using freely distributed
| software like the Linux OS, Russky office and Open office desktop apps,
| Ekho Moskvi reports.


Linux Education in America: Inspiration from Russia?

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| The reason that the Russian announcement is funny boils down to the 
| perception over the years that Russia equates to totalitarianism, whilst here 
| in America we're all about Freedom and innovation. Yet our educational 
| system -- the very underpinnings of how we're growing out future 
| technological talent, is based upon the inversion of what one would expect 
| given the respective reputations of both countries.     


Russia is latest country to move towards OpenDocument format and open standards  

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| The stated rationale for this legislation is that “open standards will 
| contribute to an increased number of bidders for government contracts and 
| will increase opportunities for Russian software developers... [and] the 
| problem of interoperability will be addressed as will the ability to access 
| information into the future.”    


Russian Linux (ALTLinux) to be installed in every school in Russia

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| Russian OS is to be installed on every school computer in Russia by 2009. 
| Furthermore, every pupil will get the opportunity to operate the applied 
| software produced in Russia, Leonid Reiman, acting Minister of Communication 
| stated at a press conference. According to Mr. Reiman, that might 
| significantly reduce Russian dependence on foreign software.    


Linux being launched at schools

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| Besides the operating system the package is to comprise some freely 
| distributed programs, close to MS Office by their functionality, which are to 
| be used on computers with the following characteristics: 233 MHz and 128MB 
| DDR.   


Microsoft deals with open source software in Russian schools using Chinese

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| 1999 China government got concerned with dependence on Microsoft, so it 
| decided to develop its own open source software on the basis of Linux, called 
| Red Flag Linux. In Russia a similar program has just been launched. Up to 
| 2009 end all Russian schools are to be supplied with the open source software 
| package, created by the Russian programmers.    


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource. 
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer 
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their 
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone. 
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my 
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.   
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one. 
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics 
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win 
| too.   


Cringely the Unemployable on the fallacy of Web 2.0, Microsoft ruthlessness,
and the CB radio of our decade

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| Davidson: Which software company would you hate to compete against? What 
| makes you single them out? 
| Cringely: Microsoft of course. They have the deepest of pockets, unlimited 
| ambition, and they are willing to lose money for years and years just to make 
| sure that you don't make any money, either. And they are mean, REALLY mean.  
| Davidson: Why do you think Microsoft is mean? Are you implying some kind of 
| malicious intent rather than just ruthlessness? 
| Cringely: Maybe "mean" is the wrong word to use for Microsoft. "Ruthless" is 
| good. The company is built in the image of Bill Gates and Bill is a guy who 
| gets caught-up in the game of business and doesn't typically see its personal 
| cost. To use what might seem to be an obscure example, just look at all the 
| various partnerships and industry consortia that Microsoft has announced 
| through the years that never produced a product or even a usable 
| specification. There have been literally dozens of these operations that are 
| intended solely to freeze the competition until Microsoft can figure what the 
| heck it actually wants to do. To Microsoft its a PR exercise that helps them 
| compete but to customers it is just a damned lie. That's ruthless. There are 
| plenty of other examples I can give but you get the point. I represent the 
| concerns of users, not vendors, and Microsoft doesn't really care about 
| users.            


Microsoft Spent $4.8M Lobbying

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| Microsoft Corp. spent $4.8 million to lobby the federal government in the 
| first half of the year on visas for high-tech workers, software piracy and 
| numerous other issues.  


Microsoft trying to derail Google/DoubleClick deal by lobbying congress

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| Microsoft has hired lobbying firm Patton Boggs LLC to do work on "competitive 
| issues surrounding Google/DoubleClick [sic] merger." 


Gates blackmailed Danish government

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| Microsoft boss Bill Gates threatened to kill 800 Danish jobs if 
| Denmark opposed the European Computer Implemented Inventions
| Directive, reports today's Danish financial daily Børsen,
| quoted by NoSoftwarePatents.com.


Conflict of interests of political party president in softwarepatents issue
in the EU

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| It now appears that Lehne works as a Brussels lobbying consultant
| for multinational corporations who are the main clients of one of
| the leading lawfirms for patent litigation in Europe, which is
| also itself involved in patent lobbying and closely connected
| to lobbying organisations.


How Microsoft distorted the facts in the Vienna conclusions

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| Lately, many signs exist showing how Microsoft's monopoly power
| extends to government and media. We can add a new example to this
| list: The "Vienna conclusions". It seems, their power even
| extends to distorting findings in official UN documents. The
| story contains all usual elements: Sponsorship, not willing
| to participate in public discussions, a conflict of interest
| of one of the members of the committee, and a Microsoft PR
| worker making a ridiculous statement. After that, of course,
| Microsoft denied most of it and ignored the rest.


Study: open source needs official support; Lobbyist
disagrees with "flawed" conclusions

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| The study, commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate
| General Enterprise and Industry, is but a small part of the larger
| FLOSSPOLS project that aims to keep the EU a leader in global
| development of open source software.
| [...]
| Now, the ISC is widely regarded as a shill for Microsoft, although
| the member list also includes companies like Intel, Autodesk, and
| RSA Security (now an EMC subsidiary). The 300-strong member list is
| mostly padded with lesser lights such as Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi(
| Turkey), ThreeSixtyDegreez (Pakistan), and Datoprogrammu Apgads
| (Latvia). The institute pushes hard for the right to patent
| software, alongside regular bashings of open source businesses.


Changing the Report, After the Vote

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| That agreement was nearly imperiled last weekend, though. Gerri
| Elliott, corporate vice president at Microsoft's Worldwide Public
| Sector division, sent an e-mail message to fellow commissioners
| Friday evening saying that she "vigorously" objected to a paragraph
| in which the panel embraced and encouraged the development of open
| source software and open content projects in higher education. 


Politics and tech companies: follow the money


Changing the Report, After the Vote


Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

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| It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into
| a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within
| 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were
| pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations
| (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974. 


Politicians in Microsoft's Pocket

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| Continuing on the theme of which politicians are receiving money from 
| who. Here is a list of candidates who took money from MSFT.


Microsoft's China boss quits to head NBA in China

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| Microsoft said its global vice president, Zhang Yaqin, would take over as 
| acting Greater China chief while it sought a permanent replacement. 


OOXML, ODF and UOF: What's Up in China?

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| Microsoft has seemed to be flying high in the Peoples Republic of China 
| lately. Bill Gates spent several days in Beijing earlier this year in 
| meetings with high-level officials, after hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao 
| the spring before at Gate's own home.   And legitimate copies of Microsoft 
| products appear to be at last gaining ground in comparison to pirated copies, 
| albeit at the price of discounting them to almost unimaginable levels 
| (students can now reportedly obtain a Windows/Office bundle for the 
| incredible price of $3).   Many credited Microsoft's pragmatic decision to 
| accept Chinese realities and not insist on having everything its own way.         


Microsoft ‘monopoly’ comes under fire

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| We are calling on the government to veto the OOXML format at the 
| International Organization for Standardization (ISO).” The OOXML format is a 
| file specification released by Microsoft in December last year for its 
| Microsoft Office 2007 suite. It is currently in a fast track standardization 
| process with the ISO and will be subject to voting next month. Unlike the 
| current ISO digital document standard ODF (Open Document Format) and China’s  
| national standard UDF (Unified Office Document Format), Microsoft’s OOXML 
| format can only be run on a Windows platform.      
| It is also criticized for containing many proprietary technologies that can 
| only be fully supported by Microsoft’s Office products.  


An open document standard for China

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| Another standard that Microsoft does not support, is the 
| RFC 3987 specification, which defines UTF-8 capable Internet addresses.
| Consequently, OOXML does not support the use of Chinese 
| characters within a Web address.
| Microsoft also did a bad job in creating a document format
| for the whole world, which is an important requirement for an ISO standard. 
| Considerations for users in Israel and many Muslim countries were excluded in 
| the specification of OOXML. For any locale, the function 'Networkdays()' will 
| always return Saturday and Sunday as the weekend. However, this is wrong for 
| Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Bahrain, Qatar, Bangladesh, Israel, Jordan, Libya, 
| Pakistan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. ODF handles this correctly.     
| There are many more examples why OOXML isn't a suitable candidate for an ISO 
| standard yet. From my point of view, Microsoft should stop, as soon as 
| possible, bringing more redundancy into office document formats.  
| It would be much better if Microsoft takes the good ideas and technologies 
| from OOXML, and tries to join an effort to unify ODF, UOF and OOXML. For 
| those interested, the blog of IBM's Robert Weir, is a good source to get 
| informed about the issues of OOXML.   
| I hope China will not support OOXML in its ISO voting, but force Microsoft to 
| consider talks for one harmonized office document standard for the whole 
| world.  


McCain comes out against Net Neutrality; Says would hire Microsoft CEO Steve

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| In another move that was sure to infuriate many geeks, the 70 year 
| old presidential hopeful also said that he would ask Microsoft CEO 
| Steve Ballmer to serve on his cabinet to deal with technology issues 
| if elected. He did not however say what position Ballmer might be 
| hired in, but did joke that he might consider him for a diplomatic 
| position, such as ambassador to China.


Treachery In The Trenches

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| I believe that most people do not grasp the immense entity of Microsoft.
| This is an organization and a man who commands the attention and bidding
| of world leaders. On a recent trip to America, the President of China
| spent his first evening in the United States, not with our President,
| but Bill Gates. He was the guest of the Gates mansion that first
| evening and the guest of honor for a dinner attended by over one
| hundred people. Why? To ask him to crack down on Software piracy
| and to insure that his computer manufacturers put Microsoft Windows
| on thier newly made machines instead of shipping them with no OS. He
| didn't see the President of the United States for over 36 hours...he 
| spent that time with Bill Gates at his home and at the Redmond
| Campus.


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