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[News] The The Free Software Pact Launched in Europe

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Open Source joins European election battle

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| THE FREE SOFTWARE movement is trying to recruit European election candidates 
| to fight big software business interests in Brussels. 
| Campaign group The Free Software Pact has already recruited 96 candidates in 
| France and Italy. This week it appointed open source operator, Mark Taylor, 
| to lobby candidates in the UK. It is also establishing campaigns in Germany 
| and Spain.   
| Mark Taylor told the INQ: "A massive amount of the politics that's relevant 
| to free software happens in Europe. Its phenomenaly important for people who 
| care to ask their MEP candidate to sign the Free Software Pact."  


The Free Software Pact

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| As regular readers of these posts will have noticed, politic issues are 
| starting to impinge more and more on the world of free software and openness 
| in general. I think that's the result of two trends.  



British Transport Police Choose ISM Web Open Source Intranet GIS Solution

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| The British Transport Police (BTP) has chosen Spatial Technology’s ISM Web
| Open Source based GIS mapping solution for deployment across its whole
| organisation. Significantly this decision follows close on the heels of the
| Government’s latest pronouncement on Open Source software which recommends
| more widespread consideration and adoption across the public sector.


Linux s'il vous plaît: French Gendarmie say oui to Ubuntu

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| The Gendarmie Nationale – France’s national police force – has been slowly
| introducing open source software to its 105,000+ policemen since 2005. In
| 2008 the decision was made to use only Ubuntu for all new workstations. A
| year on shows this has been a great success with happy users, a better
| network and cost savings of over seven million euro per year.

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