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CDN Desktop Virtualization saves schoolboards money

A desktop virtualization software product developed by an Calgary-based company is teaching students at an Illinois middle school some pretty impressive multiplication lessons.

Several students at Danville School District 118 (up to eight) are able to gain simultaneous computer access to a single Linux PC using the Desktop Multiplier for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10), developed by software firm Userful Corp. and distributed by Omni Technology Solutions Inc., or Edmonton.

Education Ministers' Copyright Proposal Needs a Rewrite

Education Ministers' Copyright Proposal Needs a Rewrite - As thousands of children across the province return to school tomorrow, nearly everyone will be asking "what did you do this summer?" If the question were posed to Education Minister Sandra Pupatello, her candid reply might be that she was working with her fellow Provincial Ministers of Education on reforms that will have damaging consequences on Internet use in Canada.

Brandon Elementary transformed by K12LTSP

In light of the Toronto District School Board discussions, I thought this recent news item appropriate and very encouraging:

Brandon Elementary transformed by K12LTSP - Two parent volunteers at an Atlanta district school have revolutionized technology use there by replacing Windows workstations with Linux on thin clients, using K12LTSP. [Newsforge]

Ex-Mac Users Migrating to Linux

Each time I see a MacBook Pro or black MacBook, I want one. Then I sit down at my Linux desktop machine and do a little research about OS X and Apple and I always come to the same conclusion: choice on Apple hardware is limited. It would seem others are beginning to come to the same conclusion:

Census now available to Linux Users.

It would seem that the right thing has been done:

http://www22.statcan.ca/ccr02/ccr02_003_e.htm

Canadian Census controversy continues

Canadian Census controversy continues - Linux User Groups (LUG) and Canadian elected officials are responding to the news that the Canadian online census forms block free software users from participating. Last week's story helped uncover the fact that the software used for the online census seems to violate several government policies and treaties. [Newsforge]

Canadian 2006 Census - A Lack of Standards Compliance

Canadian 2006 Census - A Lack of Standards Compliance - The Vancouver Linux User Group (VanLUG), in conjunction with other Linux user groups from across Canada, is co-ordinating an effort to draw attention to the 2006 Census web site's lack of standards compliance and to the detrimental effect this has on the ability of Canadians to participate in the census.
Please also read followups to Critical policy failures of the Canadian online Census for more detailed information.
[Digital Copyright Canada]

Canadian census debacle

Canadian census debacle - http://trends.newsforge.com/trends/06/05/04/233250.shtml
contains a lively debate about the Canadian Census vs open source.

http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/2425 is another review of the situation.
I too am very frustrated with the situation. As soon as I realized that the
Java applet involved was in fact Entrust's TruPass, I realized what had

Critical policy failures of the Canadian online Census

Critical policy failures of the Canadian online Census - I have seen this issue covered in a variety of locations, and is being discussed in a number of different forum. On Thursday there was a Newsforge article by Bruce Bayfield with the headline "Canadian online census discriminates against FOSS". A few citizens have written letters to their member of parliament about this embarrassment to Canada.
I thought I would weigh in on this issue as a technical, policy and security consultant.

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