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Telecom industry dials into open source potential

There is an article in ITBusiness.ca by Grant Buckler talking about Open Source telephony software such as Asterisk and SIPx. It includes discussion of an industry panel that had unsurprising mixed reviews. As vendors of telephony systems, some of what Open Source offers can come in direct competition with what they offer.

e-gov in Canada is a myth

Today I received two pieces of information. One was my copy of Computerworld in which there was an article about how Michigan aims to emulate Canadaś e-gov. The second piece of information was in a note from Russell McOrmond about the slow response to petitioning against Bill C-60.

Vancouver Community College phases in more Linux

An ITBusines.ca article by Sarah Lysecki includes:

A B.C. post-secondary institution said it intends to grow the number of Linux machines in its data centre as it replaces older hardware infrastructure with blade servers.

Vancouver Community College made the switch to Linux from a mixed environment of NetWare and Windows operating systems one year ago when it purchased IBM blade servers, which came with Linux pre-installed, to replace its aging infrastructure.
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Because the new system uses browser versus Windows-based forms, Dougan said it will help to make it easier to move towards a Linux desktop environment.

Re: [u-u] Unix Unanimous meeting - Wed 13 Sep 2006

On Mon, Sep 11, 2006 at 03:16:59PM -0400, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> Robert Brockway wrote:
> > I suppose GTALUG is also scheduled so as not to conflict with NewTLUG too
> > badly. NewLUG occurs in the 3rd week IIRC.

Re: [u-u] Unix Unanimous meeting - Wed 13 Sep 2006

On Mon, Sep 11, 2006 at 03:16:59PM -0400, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> Robert Brockway wrote:
> > I suppose GTALUG is also scheduled so as not to conflict with NewTLUG too
> > badly. NewLUG occurs in the 3rd week IIRC.

Feds put open source into active service

An ITBusiness.ca article by Shane Schick includes:

The Canadian government is planning to use GForge as the starting point for asset management. A Treasury Board director walks us through the process and identifies the applications that will be tackled first.


If you live in Ottawa and want to find out more about this project, you may want to attend a GOSLING Gaggle.

State in India moves 1.5M students to Linux

Given the accounts on this site about the approach of Canadian politicians educational officials towards open source in the classroom, it's interesting to see what's happening elsewhere. A recent announcement indicates that the Indian state of Kerala is expediting a move to completely replace MS-Windows with Linux in its 12,500 high schools, serving about 1.5 million students.

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.

Letter to ITBusiness.ca Re: proposed changes to government procurement policy

The following letter was sent in reply to CATA appoints government relations exec to take on procurement.

CATA is dealing with problems that are similar to those experienced by Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) companies. The government wants to skip intermediaries when procuring products that originate from a single source, but seem to forget the value added by these intermediaries. What ends up happening is that if the single source is a vendor that also offers related services that the government is effectively bypassing procurement policy intended to protect competition.

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