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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Accused of Blocking GNU/Linux Again

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Accused of Blocking GNU/Linux Again
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 01:21:52 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft blocks Linux?

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| Hoje, numa tarefa de criar uma conta para 
| um novo serviÃo que a Microsoft anda a 
| disponibilizar online (basicamente MSN para 
| Web mesmo da parte da Microsoft e nÃo de 
| outrÃm, como actualmente existe), notei 
| estranhamente que alguns links nÃo estavam 
| a funcionar, entre eles 
| http://messenger.live.com/ e 
| http://join.msn.com/ (links que precisava 
| para aderir ao tal serviÃo). Today, a task 
| to create an account to a new service that 
| Microsoft made available online walks 
| (basically MSN Web for the same part of 
| Microsoft, and not of others, as currently 
| exists), I noticed strangely that some 
| links were not working between they 
| http://messenger.live.com/ and 
| http://join.msn.com/ (links that needed to 
| adhere to such a service). Tinha notado 
| tambÃm que o Hotmail nÃo aparecia na pÃgina 
| inicial da MSN , mas como nÃo uso hotmail 
| (estava com a conta do cliente), nÃo dei 
| muita importÃncia. He also noticed that 
| Hotmail does not appear on the home page of 
| MSN, but I do not use hotmail (was with the 
| customer's account) does not give any 
| importance. Pensei simplesmente que 
| estivessem com algum problema. I thought 
| they were just some problem. 
| [...]
| Numa espÃcie de âclickâ, e nÃo acreditando 
| que fosse esse o problema, perguntei quais 
| os sistemas operativas que estavam a 
| utilizar e eis que me surpreendo quando 
| dizem âWindowsâ e âMacâ. In a kind of 
| "click", and not believing that was the 
| problem, I asked what operating systems 
| they were using and behold, I am surprised 
| when they say "Windows" and "Mac". Comecei 
| imediamente a desconfiar que os sites 
| estivessem a bloquear pelo facto de usar 
| Linux e fui fazer o teste, arrancando em 
| Windows. Straightaway began to suspect that 
| the sites were to block because I use Linux 
| and do the test, pulling in Windows. 




PT: Advocacy group criticises government portal, builds alternative

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| Portugal's National Association for the promotion of Free Software (Ansol)
| accuses the government Office of Construction and Property (INCI) of having
| broken procurement rules after it admitted on Monday that it had signed a
| 268,000 euro contract with Microsoft for the government's website on Public
| Expenses, Base, without a public tender.


Portuguese Public Administration forced to use Microsoft Office 2003/7

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| The Court of Accounts's Counsil for Corruption Prevention is making a
| mandatory survey on corruption risks in public procurement, which all public
| administrators must reply, by law. However, not only the survey is available
| only in Microsoft's binary format, but they also demand that it is returned
| in Microsoft Office 2003/7 XML format (MS-OOXML).


Portuguese open sourcers decry MS-only gov eProcurement

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| Portuguese open sourcers are a bit miffed that a government "eProcurement"
| platform offers "conditioned access to bid at a public tender", viz: If
| you're not running Microsoft software you're not tendering for anything.



Steve Ballmer Gets the Egg-Treatment in Budapest


Pity the Poor Classmate PC'd Children of Portugal

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| Combine that complete outsourcing of computer systems evaluation with silence
| on the financial terms of the deal and I'm thinking there is a deal in the
| works - cheap Classmates now for lucrative future government orders.
| Shady deals being a hallmark of Classmate sales to date.


Open source tour of Europe: Portugal

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| Many of the countryâs open source projects to date are in the education
| sector, triggered by the governmentâs five-year agreement with Sun, signed in
| 2004, to provide open source technologies â including Linux and
| OpenOffice.org/StarOffice â to Portuguese secondary schools.
| More recently the AssociaÃÃo Ensino Livre (Association for Free Education)
| was founded to increase the use of open source software in education, while
| the Education Ministry launched a new website designed to promote open source
| usage.
| Outside the education sector, the Institute of Technology is migrating to
| OpenOffice, the Ministry of Justice has used an open source system based on
| JBoss, PostgreSQL and Linux for the dissemination of information on
| referendum results and the Ministry of Internal Affairs used JBoss to create
| a new traffic fines management system.


OpenOffice.org being distributed to Portuguese schools

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| I was just made aware of this Portuguese blog entry. CDs including
| OpenOffice.org will be distributed to Portuguese schools again. Great news!


Portuguese Schools Learn About Open Source

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| As Microsoft understands - and as Apple first learned - if you get them
| young, you've pretty much got them forever. So it's good to see efforts being
| made to spread the open source word in the educational world, like this new
| effort by the Portuguese Ministry of Eduction...  

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