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[News] Software Freedom Day Comes to Melbourne

  • Subject: [News] Software Freedom Day Comes to Melbourne
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 11:57:50 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Software Freedom Day Bazaar at the Melbourne Town Hall


Another news report from Australia:

Open source yum cha

,----[ Quote ]
| A wise man recently told me open source software was like Chinese food: you 
| just can’t have enough. This makes sense; it’s software that ultimately makes 
| a computer useful and the world of open source software is rich with utility.   


Recent (days ago):

Taking FOSS to the masses

,----[ Quote ]
| A total of 290 teams (as of this writing) will be marking the day in Africa, 
| Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, Central, South and North America and Europe. 
| Linux user groups will be involved as will other organisations which serve as 
| gathering points for hobbyist and business users of FOSS.   



Software Freedom Day 2007 - Bigger than ever! 

,----[ Quote ]
| September 15th marks Software Freedom Day, the world's largest celebration 
| and outreach effort about why transparent and sustainable technologies like 
| Free & Open Source Software are so important.  


South Africa: Dept Celebrates Open Source Software Freedom Day

,----[ Quote ]
| Software freedom day is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open
| Source Software (FOSS).
| FOSS is free and users unlike other software can freely copy and
| distribute it.


Software Freedom Day

,----[ Quote ]
| Marcelo also related how a recent visit to an Internet café--one with
| three Windows PCs and three Linux boxes--illustrated the inroads that
| FOSS has made and the obstacles that remain.


HP launches Linux desktop in Australia

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| The dx2250 HP desktop ships with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop 
| pre-loaded, which includes Firefox, OpenOffice and the Evolution e-mail 
| client. Red Hat will handle technical support for the system.  


Open source developer wins e-commerce tender for Nth Queensland tourism

,----[ Quote ]
| Astralian-owned open source developer, Squiz, won the contract to build the 
| Web site for Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) which covers Cairns, 
| Port Douglas, the Daintree and Cape Tribulation as well as Cape York 
| Peninsula and Mission Beach.   


Linux FlyBuys into financial transactions

,----[ Quote ]
| Linux may be an operating system synonymous with a flightless
| bird, but Loyalty Pacific, the company behind popular retail
| loyalty and rewards program FlyBuys, has announced it will
| jet its infrastructure to open source software.


NSW education strengthens ID management

,----[ Quote ]
| The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) has rolled out
| a department-wide ID management system to increase the speed and
| transparency of its user authentication system portals.
| [...]
| DET conducted a pilot run of the Linux-based management system
| before implementing it over the 2005 Summer leave.


Aussie CIOs get clearer vista on open source

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| Wotif.com's Paul Young told ZDNet Australia that he decided to
| base the company's infrastructure on Red Hat Linux five years
| ago and since that time, his developers have contributed codeb
| ack into the open source community.


School turns to open source to cut cost, foster student thinking

,----[ Quote ]
| The school's workstations operate on the Mandriva 2006 Operating System,
| and run free and open source software options including: Open Office
| for office applications; Mozilla Firefox for Web browsing; GIMP for
| image editing; and Evolution mail for sending and receiving e-mail.
| At the core of the network is a simple HP ProLiant ML 110 server
| running Mandrake 10.1, NIS and NFS, and that connects to the Internet
| via a 1.5Mbps broadband connection. 


Sydney school tames twofold IT shop

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| SCEGGS has about 830 students, 100 staff, 500 desktops, 200
| laptops, 13 servers, and an IT team of eight.
| The school's mail is delivered with the Postfix MTA on Linux and
| gets distributed to GroupWise.
| "We have moved the Linux servers to a clustered file system with
| OCFS2 which is supported natively in SUSE 10 and the data is stored
| in an Apple raid array with 1.8TB of storage,' Ralph said.
| Also in use are a number of MySQL-based applications for learning
| management systems. The school is now moving off one open source 
| application, AUC, which it has used since 1999, to Moodle, a modern
| learning and content management system. 


Australia To Trial OLPC

,----[ Quote ]
| In a surprise announcement, the government of the Northern Territory
| has announced that they are testing the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child)
| machines with a view to launching trials in remote communities.
| The OLPC has been designed for children in the developing world, in
| regions that struggle for basic infrastructure like clean running
| water, and electricity. So it may come as a surprise to some that
| an Australian state government has put up a hand to trial the new
| laptops. 


Linux on BOM's radar

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| The Linux R&D platform will support research in a number of BOM
| divisions including the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre,
| National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre, Space Based
| Observations Section and data management group.


DET considers Linux on the desktop

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| The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) may increase
| the penetration of Linux on its 165,000 desktop fleet because
| open source is "clearly an industry trend".


NSW steers clear of Vista

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| NSW government chief information officer Paul Edgecumbe said that the
| state's CIO executive council, which comprises technology bosses from
| many of NSW's largest computer and communications users, were not
| backing a move to Vista.


Linux powers nation's largest satellite network

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| Some 75 towns across New South Wales have started accessing the
| Internet through Linux-based satellite routers in what is said to be
| largest network of its type in Australia spanning upwards of 800,000s
| quare kilometres.


Office, Vista "too expensive" for SMEs 

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| According to the Sydney Morning Herald, David Hanrahan, of IT  solutions
| and services provider Dimension Data said SMEs are staying away in
| droves because Office is a lot more expensive and facing competition
| from free open software.
`----  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Vista: Costs limit Education Dept deployment

,----[ Quote ]
| After more than eight months of beta testing Microsoft Windows
| Vista, licensing and implementation costs have stymied mass
| adoption at the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET).
| [...]
| DET has one of the largest IT infrastructures in the country with
| 1.3 million users spread across 2,500 locations. Its desktop fleet
| consists of 250,000 devices of which 160,000 are personal computers.M
| acs make up 15 percent to 20 percent of the total, and are more
| common in primary schools.


Office 2007 may be Microsoft's Titanic: former Government IT boss

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| Bill Gates has been talking up Office 2007 ahead of its business launch
| on November 30. However, the recently departed deputy CIO of one of
| Australia's biggest government Microsoft sites believes introducing
| the new version of Microsoft Office may be the company's biggest
| ever disaster.


Feds assess open source

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| Federal government use of open-source software will be examined to assess
| how many agencies have adopted Linux and other systems.


Talking Linux in Sydney

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| There are three major Linux conferences held annually, one each in the
| US, Canada and Australia.
| That alone should provide an indication of the extent to which
| Australians have been, and are, involved in the free and open
| source software community. 


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