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Iceland's public administration and schools moving towards open source

, posted: 22-Mar-2012 06:50

Encouraging news from Iceland, where a concerted effort is underway to move public administration towards open source in a sensible and deliberate manner. Scroll down a little in that article and you will find an interesting chapter about their schools:

"We are also making sure that in our public schools, the national curricula does not restrict the use of free and open source software."

The project is also working on a call for tender to purchase services based on free an (read the entire post)...



Astonishing example of what FOSS software is up against: Teacher confiscates Linux CDs

, posted: 11-Dec-2008 03:57

(Please note the updates at the bottom of this posting...)

From this blog here, we learn about a case where a school teacher sees some kids sharing free Linux disks at school ... and proceeds to confiscate the disks, claiming them to be illegal. The teacher then writes to the father (who provided those disks to the kids):
"... at this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults (read the entire post)...



xfmedia player for Ubuntu - bye bye Audacious

, posted: 9-Dec-2008 09:50

After a recent upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), which works really well for me, I discovered to my dismay that xmms is not in the repositories anymore. That was my audio player of choice, usually always running in the background playing some song for me.

The prefered replacement now is a package called 'audacious', which works well and gives you an xmms-style interface. However, I noticed that audacious uses around 12% to 14% of my CPU just playing an audio file. Not (read the entire post)...



DRM all summed up in a comic strip

, posted: 14-Oct-2008 05:16

XKCD nailed it again with this succinct description of the DRM dilemma, and the only logical conclusion you can draw from it. (read the entire post)...



Software Freedom Day: This weekend!

, posted: 16-Sep-2008 15:24

The Software Freedom Day is coming up this weekend, on Saturday the 20th of September. SFD is an annual and international event, with around 500 teams in 90 countries organising local events. The biggest one in New Zealand will be in Wellington, but there are also events in Auckland, Hibiscus Coast, Christchurch, Waikato/Hamilton, and so on.

What is SFD about?
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)... Our goal in this celebra (read the entire post)...



Why open source has a hard time in government

, posted: 29-Aug-2008 09:14

I wrote some time ago that open source should be the default decision for any IT manager, director and even individual. Proprietary software - due to its many disadvantages - should only be considered under exceptional circumstances and with a very good reason.

Yet, too often this is not the case. Purchasing managers far and wide need to be convinced that open source might be a good alternative, while for some reason still gravitating to proprietary software as a default.

T (read the entire post)...



My disagreement with Richard Stallman

, posted: 12-Aug-2008 06:08

Why is free software important? Software and computers are all pervasive in today's world and thus demand our utmost diligence: The lives we live are run and organised by software, we depend on software, we trust our most intimate data to software systems. Thus, the importance of free software: Only free software can protect our freedoms, gives us control to study and if necessary modify that which governs our lives, and only free software allows us to share improvements with f (read the entire post)...



Richard Stallman in Auckland: On the ethics of free software

, posted: 12-Aug-2008 05:56

This Saturday, Richard Stallman gave the second of his two talks at the University of Auckland. The first one was about copyright, this one was about the ethics of free software.Expecting a similarly packed house as for the first talk I arrived early, just to find that this time the interest was somewhat less - a total of around 100 people showed up. Maybe the fact that it was on a Saturday meant that some students had gone home for the weekend? And the bad weather outside also might h (read the entire post)...



Django Plugables: Tons of plugins for your Django app

, posted: 11-Apr-2008 03:24

It looks like the Django web-development framework and Python programming language are going from strength to strength. As I said here already, Django is probably the most popular and well documented of the many Python web development frameworks. And having been chosen by Google for its App Engine is yet another endorsement.

Today then I found out about another important ingredient to the Django success story: Django Plugables. This site tracks and collects the many ready-to-use appli (read the entire post)...



xkcd about Python

, posted: 5-Dec-2007 22:28

There are a couple of cartoons I check on a daily basis. xkcd is one of them. This one here is about one of my favourite programming languages: Python.

Great stuff! (read the entire post)...



New Zealand Python User Group

, posted: 27-Nov-2007 14:52

Back in September I asked if there is any interest in Python in New Zealand. Well, apparently there is! A New Zealand Python User Group has been founded, and is about to hold its first meeting on Friday, December 14th in Mt. Eden here in Auckland.

You can see their mailing list with the announcement here. (read the entire post)...



No Python in New Zealand?

, posted: 13-Sep-2007 07:42

My favorite language of late is Python. It's powerful and can greatly increase developer's efficiency. Yet, here in New Zealand I don't notice much activity around that language. Not many job openings, no Python user group that I know of. Is there anyone out here that also works with Python? In Australia they have Python user groups, and certainly also in the US and in Europe. You could say that New Zealand is a very small country, but consider that in Australia they even have Python (read the entire post)...



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  • Who I am: Software developer and consultant.
  • What I do: System level programming, Linux/Unix. C, C++, Java, Python, and a long time ago even Assembler.
  • What I like: I'm a big fan of free and open source software. I'm Windows-free, running Ubuntu on my laptop. To a somewhat lesser degree, I also follow the SaaS industry.
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