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[News] GNU/Linux Training in Nigeria, 1,500 Educators in Romania Trained to Make Software

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Training in Nigeria, 1,500 Educators in Romania Trained to Make Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2010 09:04:33 +0100
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Linux Training provided to drive growth of Open Source professionals in Nigeria 

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| The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the 
| world's premier Linux certification 
| organization (http://www.lpi.org), 
| announced that its affiliate organization, 
| LPI-Nigeria, has successfully completed a 
| program of free Linux training for youth in 
| an effort to promote workplace development 
| of skilled Open Source professionals. 
| Lifeforte International High School 
| (Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria), the LPI-
| Nigeria affiliate, has undertaken a two 
| year program of training, Linux 
| Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) 
| exam lab events, and other special 
| initiatives with the country's National 
| Youth Service Corps and government agencies 
| to promote this goal. 


1,500 Teachers Will Learn to Create Educational Software

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| The Romanian Ministry of Education and 
| Research has launched the "The Teacher - 
| Educational Software Developer" strategic 
| project that is to be implemented between 
| September 2009 - September 2011 (24 
| months). The target of the project is three 
| million pupils around the country.
| In the project, eighty experts will train 
| 1,500 pre-university teachers from all over 
| the country to develop the competences that 
| they need in order to create their own 
| educational software applications and to 
| improve their ability to use teaching-
| learning interactive methods.



Tatomir, Microsoft: We have more Bentleys than Poland

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| Microsoft Romania, the local subsidiary of world's biggest software producer
| would end the fiscal 2009 (July 1 2008 - July 3 2009) with a 10-15% decline
| in revenues, thus missing the growth estimates made at the end of last year
| by 1 to 4%, stated Calin Tatomir, the company's chief executive.


Romania Issues â100 Million To Microsoft Without Bids

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| The government has announced it will pay â300 million (Â262 million) to a
| Romanian IT company for PCs and Microsoft software licences for use in
| education (see Google translation), while also directly paying Microsoft â100
| million (Â87 million)  for software licences to be used in government
| agencies between 2010 and 2012 (see Google translation). The country is also
| paying â58 million (Â50 million)  this autumn for its existing 2004 to 2009
| framework agreement.
| The problem of contracts that are not tendered properly is rampant across
| Europe, and wastes public funds that could be better spent elsewhere, says
| Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). The
| Swiss government issuing a contract to Microsoft for Â8 million a year,
| without a tender), and cases may be more extreme in Eastern Europe, he said.
| "This decision of the Romanian government seems careless and endangers the
| country's sustainable economic growth by increasing its dependency on
| proprietary software and by wasting funds that would have been better used
| elsewhere, for instance on infrastructure," said Greve.


Microsoft Makes Itself at Home in Transylvania

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| In what is perhaps a sign of desperation, Microsoft is really pushing
| governments around the world to sign up to el cheapo mega-deals that they
| think they can't refuse. The FSFE's Georg Greve points out to me in an email
| that there's an interesting angle to this story in Romania...


RO: Proprietary licence deal draws ire open source proponents

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| The Romanian government is about to spend millions of euro on proprietary
| software, drawing flak from the country's budding open source movement. "This
| government is out of touch with reality."
| The Romanian government announced its renewal of a framework software licence
| with Microsoft in the middle of May. The framework licence deal is worth 100
| million euro in software licences to be used by government agencies between
| 2010 and 2012. Romania will also pay the software giant another 58 million
| euro this fall, as the final payment for the 2004 - 2009 framework licence
| agreement that expired last month.



Status of Ubuntu Romanian Localization Team

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| This is the first post from a series of status updates for the localization
| activity of Ubuntu Romanian  Localization team.
| Right now Ubuntu is translated into Romanian in 27.5 %, with almoust all
| GNOME and configuration utilities translated, including the live cd menu,
| installation program and Ubuntu guides.


"Then, they fight you"

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| I asked the organizers if our Free Software Group could hold a short session
| about the benefits of FOSS in education, with references to Ubuntu, Edubuntu
| and Kiwilinux and we were given a slot after the ones which had already been
| planned a while ago - those of Microsoft, Cisco and a local company that
| sells education software for Romanian schools.
| [...]
| It is sad to know they are resorting to this sort of coercing and that they
| have such influence over the educators but looking on the bright side of it,
| and that's how I perceived it after thinking a bit about it, THEY ARE


OOXML vote in Romania, signs of committee stuffing

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| Today four have joined the committee, all of them seem to be MS partners
| (Fujitsu-Siemens is one of them, the others are local software companies).
| The sad thing is that these companies or people have not shown interest in
| the subject so far, have not participated in the 6 months online debate but
| are probably going to cast their vote in favor of OOXML . What they are doing
| is perfectly legal, after all anyone can join the committe, but it's sad to
| see attempts at public debate and the chances of it changing something
| getting offset by throwing money at the problem at the last minute.
| I'll keep an update on how things are progressing and the results and details
| of the vote when it happens.


Romania says yes to OOXML once again

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| For months, OOXML and Microsoft have taken over any other subject on this
| forum. The pro and con debates were heated, numerous and lengthy.
| In all this time, OOXML supporters have utterly failed to offer any solid
| argument for OOXMLâs adoption, while opposing arguments were abundant. The
| only coherent pro-OOXML statements boiled down to the same tired FUD that
| Microsoft has put together, repeated ad-nauseam, in spite of all the rich and
| detailed counter-arguments.
| [...]
| Therefore I feel justified in believing that âballot-stuffingâ was performed
| by Microsoft-friendly entities with the purpose of swaying the vote to an
| OOXML-favorable outcome.
| [...]
| It will come as no surprise that many of the other recent members are
| Microsoft business partners.
| Therefore I feel justified in believing that âballot-stuffingâ was performed
| by Microsoft-friendly entities with the purpose of swaying the vote to an
| OOXML-favorable outcome.
| I will stress, for the sake of clarity, that there has been neither public
| nor official statement so far regarding the CT210 members. Weâre not supposed
| to even know who they are, officially.
| [...]
| I repeat: thereâs a total lack of transparency. So far, the way I understand
| it (and I Am Not A Lawyer) ASRO seems to put its internal regulations over
| the laws of the state, one of which states: âthe following basic principles
| must be followed in national standardization: [â] transparency and public
| availabilityâ.
| If I am wrong and ASROâs position holds water, it will mean that the Romanian
| states is confortable entrusting its standardization to a body who can act in
| a completely opaque manner should it choose so. A very strange and disturbing
| notion, but there you have it.
| <h3>3. The conclusion</h3>
| The public debate on TIC-Lobby in the months leading up to the March vote
| have shown a staggering amount of arguments against adopting OOXML as a
| standard. There were links, tehnical details, technical experiments.
| The counter-arguments have been weak, obstinate and often repeated. Even when
| begged to do so, OOXML supporters have failed to put together even the
| smallest document containing arguments for their position.
| In the end, CT210 fell victim to ballot stuffing and ASRO is currently
| refusing to disclose any information other than the vote distribution.

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