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[News] Government of Czech Republic Increasingly Moving Towards Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Government of Czech Republic Increasingly Moving Towards Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 03:02:36 +0000
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CZ: Open source to fix mandatory e-government's service 

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| At least three open source projects in the 
| Czech Republic are working to allow platform 
| independent access to the government's 
| electronic message service. The mandatory 
| service, called 'Datove schranky' (Data 
| boxes) is currently only accessible on 
| computers running Microsoft's proprietary 
| operating system. 



Czech Presidency recommends you to buy Microsoft Word

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| The Czech Presidency recommends you to buy Microsoft Word, Excel and
| Powerpoint in other to read what they are publishing.
| [...]
| No need to say that Microsoft is an official sponsor of the Czech
| Presidency...


et Another Draft EU Community Patent Regulation

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| Despite all odds, the present Czech EU Presidency has prepared another patent
| policy Document 8588/09 titled "Revised proposal for a Council Regulation on
| the Community patent". It conveys a revised Presidency proposal for a Council
| Regulation on the Community patent, based on recent discussions in the
| Working Party on Intellectual Property (Patents). Changes to the previous
| version of the proposal (Document 9465/08) are underlined. The Working Party
| will be invited to have a first exchange of views on this Working document at
| its meeting on 22 April 2009.


Patent change in Europe is unlikely if business leaders remain silent

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| With all that that in mind, Topolanek claimed that he was confident that the
| Czech Presidency of the EU had enabled progress which could now be built on
| by the Swedes, who assume the presidency at the end of June. It all sounded
| very impressive, I have to say - a national leader talking eloquently about
| the importance of patents to Europe's future. Who'd have thought it? Then he
| was asked to explain what the Czechs had done in concrete terms to take
| things forward. He paused for a very brief moment before saying: "I do not
| know, this is not my area." He then got up and left.


Microsoft Launches OnMyWay

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| Microsoft has just launched a program called OnMyWay, by which Microsoft will
| offer training and financial help to young people.
| [...]
| I have a working theory for your consideration. I noticed something striking.
| While the ads are being run so far only in those four countries, and it's
| supposed to be a global branding campaign, if you look at who is on the list
| of those who have gotten help from the program already, you see groups from
| the UK, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland and
| Italy. I took a look at how each country on this list voted on OOXML in
| March.
| The Czech Republic, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway all voted to
| approve OOXML.
| This was a change for each of them. In September, the Czech Republic, the UK,
| Denmark, and Norway had voted to disapprove, so this was a change in
| Microsoft's favor. Finland abstained in September, and it voted to approve in
| March as well.

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