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[News] Italy and IDG Give Endorsements to Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Italy and IDG Give Endorsements to Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2010 11:05:15 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Italian court rules free software preference is legal

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| An Italian court has upheld the legality of a 
| law passed by Piedmont Regional Council which 
| expressed a preference to acquire free 
| software when choosing programs for the 
| authority. The Associazione per il Software 
| Libero reports that the law, introduced just 
| over a year ago, had been challenged by the 
| Presidency of the Council of Ministers.


Network World launches Open Source Subnet

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| Open Source Subnet I'm pleased to announce our 
| news. Network World has launched a new Subnet 
| community, the Open Source Subnet. Open Source 
| Subnet will showcase news and blogger opinions 
| for enterprise users of open source software. 
| As you may have noticed, with this addition, 
| we have added three great new bloggers to the 
| roster: Phil Odence, from Black Duck Software, 
| a company that helps enterprises manage and 
| secure their open source tools, is writing the 
| Look to the Source blog. Alan Shimel, a serial 
| entrepreneur who has founded several security 
| software companies (such as StillSecure), is 
| writing the Open Source Fact and Fiction blog, 
| and Amy Vernon, a journalist and social media 
| personality, is writing the Pragmatic Open 
| Source blog.



A landmark decision of the Italian Constitutional Court: granting preference
to free software is lawful

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| In short, according to the Court, favoring
| Free Software does not infringe freedom of
| competition, since software freedom is a
| general legal feature, and not a technological
| aspect connected to a specific product or
| brand. This ruling demonstrates the weakness
| of the arguments of those who, until now, have
| opposed the adoption of rules aimed at
| promoting and favoring Free Software arguing
| that they conflict with the principle of
| "technological neutrality".

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