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[News] Free Software Pushed for New US Government to Fund, Use, Support

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Change.org: Free Software for the US Government

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| Government expenses could be trimmed by using more open source, while private 
| sector innovation would also be increased due to competition around the best 
| implementations of open standards. It’s a great way for the government to 
| advance its technology innovation platform.   


Is your toilet economically sustainable?

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| Today, your government is sponsoring Adobe and Microsoft through the 
| licensing mechanism (by “generously” installing on the public offices’ desks 
| Microsoft+Adobe, rather than Ubuntu), but it should, instead, sponsor the 
| GNU, Debian and FreeBSD projects. These projects form the infrastructure of 
| practical democracy, they embody the free speech in its most accurate form. 
| Your government/public administration should use them starting yesterday, 
| these projects are offering fully-functional alternative solutions to the 
| onerous pieces of bloatware mentioned above. You can test this statement 
| easily, get Ubuntu on a live CD and play with it without making any 
| modifications to your machine and see how’s it going, and, while at it, write 
| a letter in OpenOffice to your public administration representative, asking 
| him/her to end immediately the funding of Adobe and Microsoft. Then we can 
| talk again about economic sustainability.            


Designing the Obama Presidency

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| As the Obama phenomenon moves from campaigning to governance, the future of 
| citizenship and governance could turn on how the President-Elect chooses to 
| exploit the vast database of donors, volunteers and supporters he has amassed 
| over the past 21 months. Obama’s unprecedented campaign gathered some 10 
| million email addresses and the names of more than 3.1 million donors – a 
| sufficiently important resource that the database has been used as loan 
| collateral.      



Note to Obama: Consider the Open Source Way

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| The product will be much better in the end, and the development process will
| be much more pleasant for all of us. Moreover, we will get more favorable
| press coverage, better reviews, and more fans of our product if our story can
| focus on the product and its benefits rather than negative drama arising from
| its production.


Barack Obama proves the power of Open Source

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| It would be a bit of a stretch to claim that Barack Obama won the 2008
| election because his website ran open source software while John McCain's ran
| on proprietary software. But what is not a stretch at all is that Barack
| Obama's campaign built a powerful synergy between grass-roots politics and
| grass-roots technology, while presenting what many consider to be the most
| disciplined campaign of any candidate in modern history.


Alex Castellanos: Obama the Open Source president

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| CNN analyst Alex Castellanos — one of the Republican pundits on a rather
| large team of political experts on hand on Election Day — made both a very
| interesting and poignant point about the incoming presidency and the
| possibility of its “open source” nature.


How Web 2.0 helped Obama win

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| It became something of a running joke that McCain talked about the need
| for ‘net neutrality’ yet wasn’t someone who even used email himself. His lack
| of technology prowess was lampooned in the press, and at the tech-savvy
| Personal Democracy Forum conference in June, Mark Soohoo, McCain's deputy
| e-campaign director, drew laughter when he said, "You don't necessarily have
| to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country ... John McCain is
| aware of the Internet."


Will Obama be an open source president?

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| Last night during CNN's election coverage, after it was clear that Obama
| would become the country's 44th president, pundit Alex Castellanos wondered
| aloud whether the government under Barack Obama would take on some of the
| grass roots flavor that marked the President-Elect's campaign.


Obama Ubuntu

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| People from the Obama campaign have said that they use Ubuntu 8.04. It seems
| to be used nationally.
| Does anyone know any more about the use of Ubuntu by the Obama campaign and
| can provide us with more details?



Obama Campaign Hopes for Better Web Security

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| The requirements are pretty much what you'd read in any e-commerce security
| help-wanted ad: VPN (virtual private network) and Unix or Linux experience,
| along with a "deep understanding" of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl)
| development. And of course, the successful candidate must be willing
| to "respond off-hours to high urgency security situations."


Obama Voices Support for ODF

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| OpenDocument Format supporters are welcoming presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
| Obama's promise to put government data online in universally accessible
| formats should he be elected.ODF a National Standard in Korea

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