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[News] Canadian Government Wants Free Software

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An open door for open source?

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| Federal government puts out a call for information on free software
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| [...]
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| Some examples of popular open-source software include the Linux operating 
| system, the word processing suite OpenOffice and the web browser Mozilla 
| Firefox.  
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http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/02/12/tech-feds-open-source.html


Recent:

Vietnam to widely use open source software

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| Vietnams Ministry of Information and Communications has instructed that 100%
| of all of Vietnams government agencies servers must run free software by June
| 30, 2009. They also mandate that IT divisions train their staff to use this
| software and require 50% of the drones to be able to use the
| technology “proficiently”.
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http://billyduc.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/vietnam-to-widely-use-open-source-software/


Transparency and Open Government

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| One of the first documents our new President signed within his first day in
| office is this memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.  It is a memo
| that I am personally very happy to see, not only because I agree so strongly
| with its content.  For the last couple of months I have been a member of the
| Technology, Innovation & Government Reform (TIGR) transition policy group
| focusing on innovation and government.  This Presidential memo covers
| precisely the area that we worked on.
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http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog/2009/01/transpar.html


Cuba Launches Own Linux Variant to Counter U.S.

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| A Linux operating system variant called Nova, introduced in Cuba at a
| computer conference on technological sovereignty, is part of an effort to
| replace the Microsoft software running most of Cuba's computers. The Cuban
| government views the use of Microsoft systems as a potential threat because
| it says U.S. security agencies have access to Microsoft codes.
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http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open-Source/Cuba-Launches-Own-Linux-Variant-to-Counter-US/?kc=rss


Russian Federation Commits to Open Source

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| Open source software development in Russia is one of the most important
| directives for Igor Schegolev - the Head of the Ministry of Information
| Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federation. At a key meeting
| with Werner Knoblich, Red Hat Vice President for EMEA, he announced support
| for a Russian Fedora association and for Red Hat development in the Russian
| Federation. He also expressed support for open source infrastructure and
| applications, and the development of a repository for industry best practice.
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http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb1981634.htm


Tories consider IT contract cap

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| Instead of awarding long-term contracts to large IT companies they could open
| up the procurement process to smaller firms using "open source" software.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7853086.stm


Tories Back Open Source Software...They Say

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| Fine words butter no cyber-parsnips, of course, and I'll believe all this
| when I see it. Still, it's a start, and it would be good to see Labour
| finally admitting that its megalomaniacal, monolithic computing projects are
| failures, and adopting the decentralised, distributed approach the Tories are
| advocating here.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=1791&blogid=14


Tories consider open source and limit on size of government IT projects

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| Shadow chancellor George Osbourne is considering a report that recommends
| putting a £100m spending cap on government IT contracts and opening up
| procurement to small firms using open source software.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolbox/open-source/open-source-business/news/index.cfm?newsid=13011


UK Councils to explore Open Source benefits

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| - First-ever UK conference on open source software in local government
| announced - As new US Govt looks at open source, UK called upon to wake up to
| opportunity
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http://www.linuxpr.com/releases/11144.html
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