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[News] Olswang Summit Covers Free Software, European Schools Gravitate Towards Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Olswang Summit Covers Free Software, European Schools Gravitate Towards Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 19:17:20 +0000
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Olswang Open Source Summit

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| On 1st December Olswang held their third 
| and final Open Source Summit in London. 
| For one reason or another I'd been unable 
| to attend the 2007 and 2008 events and was 
| glad to last week be finally able to make 
| it along. Olswang are a law firm and so as 
| you would expect the summit focused on 
| open source legal matters. We were treated 
| to a keynote from Bruce Perens and the 
| overall quality of the event was very 
| high. Numerous topics were covered over 
| the course of the morning and a few notes 
| follow.


ES: Cenatic campaign: ten reasons for using open source in education

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| Using open source software offers schools 
| a unique opportunity to advance the 
| information society that is fair and free, 
| says Cenatic, Spain's resource centre on 
| open source and open standards.
| Cenatic on Friday published a brochure 
| 'Ten reasons for using open source in 
| education', meant to show the country's 
| autonomous regions the benefits of open 
| source software, and to ensure they 
| consider the use of this type of software 
| when schools modernise their programs.
| The brochure will be sent to all of 
| Spain's secondary schools.
| In favour of free and open source software 
| are objective arguments, technical, social 
| and cultural, explains Miguel Jaque, 
| Cenatic's director in a statement. "Open 
| source is a model in itself, free, 
| democratic, sustainable and 
| technologically competitive. It helps to 
| educate people to be free, independent and 
| critical and shows them that they are able 
| make their own technological choices."



An Open Source Tool for Every Task

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| For the last several years, Iâve organized
| sessions on open source software (OSS) at ed-
| tech conferences. But this year was markedly
| different, with an awareness of these tools
| among educators that Iâd never seenâa result,
| perhaps, of restrictive school budgets (there
| are no licensing fees with OSS). There may
| also be a growing understanding of the concept
| of open source, in which contributors, who do
| not expect compensation for their efforts,
| write software for which the actual
| programming code is âopenâ and freely
| available. Personally, I think that Wikipedia
| has made a big difference. While the online
| reference isnât software, but rather âopen
| content,â Wikipedia demonstrates the potential
| of volunteer contributors to create a serious
| project for the benefit of all.


DE: Open source professorship at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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| Germany's first open source professorship was
| established at the Friedrich-Alexander-
| UniversitÃt Erlangen-NÃrnberg.

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