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[News] Add Romania to List Of $100 Linux Laptop Countries

Romania bites the OLPC bait!

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| Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Romania (otherwise, an intelligent guy)
| fell for the One Laptop Per Child project.
| [...]
| In brief, the targeted audience is 1.2 million children, and the
| program is planned to be "operational" (what is this supposed to mean?!)
| on September 15.



A Brief Overview -- Open Source Software in Romania

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| Romania is developing its own Linux distributions. One of the biggest
| is Darkstar Linux, based on Slackware. Furthermore, the open source
| community is translating free software projects into Romanian, e.g.
| KDE or GNOME. The Romanian Linux User Group (RLUG) translates and
| improves the Debian documentation.
| Like many other European countries, Romania has caught a glimpse of
| what Linux and other open source software can do for business or
| private use. Romanian user hope the government will realise one
| day that instead of wasting money on proprietary products, it can
| not only improve the functionality of institutions but also use
| open source software as a way to direct those funds to other more
| important issues.


Romania: Software piracy made us what we are today

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| Experts have called for stronger action from Romanian officials on
| software piracy, with prosecutors encouraged to stop dismissing
| potential cases. The International Intellectual Property Alliance
| in 2006 said dismissals are acting as a disincentive on police to
| clamp down on criminals, who are mostly end-users and distributors.


Australia To Trial OLPC

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| 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. 


Rwanda Commits to Low-Cost Laptop Project

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| Rwanda is the eighth developing country to join the One Laptop
| Per Child initiative aimed at giving away inexpensive
| computers to all young students.


$100 laptop project eyes launch

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| The first countries to sign up to buying the machine include
| Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya,
| Pakistan and Thailand.


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