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[News] Free Software Penetrates Ireland

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Low-cost software used to train up Aer Lingus pilots

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| The airline chose Moodle, a free and open source e-learning management 
| platform, which made the project considerably cheaper than it would have cost 
| with commercial software.  
| Enovation Solutions, a Dublin-based open source consultancy firm, modified 
| elements of the Moodle platform to include Aer Lingus’s courseware, which 
| includes simulator training with procedural and aircraft operation training.  



Ubuntu Ireland goes for open source success

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| Danielski said Ubuntu Ireland wants to encourage everyone to participate in
| the preparations and to share ideas for the event on its wiki page (wikis are
| editable, collaborative web pages) at
| https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/SFD2008.
| The main event will be held at Camara’s offices in the Digital Hub in Dublin.
| Camara is a small charity organisation that together with volunteers takes
| old computers and refurbishes them with open source software before shipping
| these on to developing countries.


Irish Open Source Technology Conference 2008

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| The IOTC 2008 agenda is a multi track multi session affair and we still have
| opportunities for you, the Irish Open Source Community to participate.



Irish IT licensing investment falling short

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| Irish companies are increasingly recognising the value of
| technology licensing but are not investing enough in the process,
| according to Enterprise Ireland.
| Irish companies invested roughly Euro1.4bn in research and development
| in 2006, but only five per cent of this was spent on licensing.


Ireland Votes No with Comments

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| After months of intensive review, analysis and discussion, NSAI has voted
| Disapproval - with Technical Comments, in respect of the OOXML submission.
| This effectively is a qualified yes, whereby Ireland has some technical
| issues with the submission. If the Technical Comments are satisfactorily
| resolved and incorporated into a new draft, the vote is subsequently amended
| to Approval.    


Open Ireland - Open Source Software in Ireland

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| A report funded by the European Commission and recently published
| found that open source software could offer considerable saving to
| organisations with little effect on their business.
| The author of the report ( known as the FLOSS Report), Rishab Aiyer
| Ghosh will lead a panel of distinguished and knowledgeable speakers
| in an an engaging conference.


The 1st Skynet Conference on Computers & I.T.

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| Many of these founders are now developers for large multinational
| companies such as IBM, Intel Sun and Sun Microsystems.


Obama declares war on Ireland over tech tax avoidance

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| President Obama has declared war on Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda, and
| is giving Silicon Valley a long hard stare as he overhauls America's tax
| system to bankroll his campaign pledges.
| The White House has unveiled proposals to clamp down on US firms it reckons
| are hiding profits overseas to benefit from lower tax rates, while claiming
| exemptions for overseas investment on their US tax returns. DC is also
| targeting wealthy US individuals as well as corporations who are evading US
| taxes by hiding their cash in tax havens, such as the Cayman Islands,
| effectively avoiding tax in the US or pretty much anywhere else.


Microsoft subsidiary has €477m pretax profit

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| Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd (MIOL) had turnover of €11.3 billion and
| paid corporation tax of €63.5 million according to accounts just lodged with
| the Companies Office and seen by The Irish Times.

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