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Open Source and the Canadian Election

Open Source and the Canadian Election - As most Canadians know at this time, we're in the middle of an election campaign, the vote is January 23.

I don't know whether you consider open source to important enough of a public policy matter to make it an election issue, but consider this: The Green Party actually has as specific policy the goal to:

Require federal departments and agencies to transition to open source or free software for general applications, and provide free tech support to Canadian companies who also use this software.

Cleaning Up Copyright

Cleaning Up Copyright - With both prospective Canadian Heritage Ministers accepting copyright
lobby cash (see The Sad Reality of Copyright Policy In Canada, Campaign Contributions, Tipping Point, That's What Friends Are For) and the funders making it clear that they are in the market for more (see Business As Usual), it is time to clean up copyright in Canada.  The election campaign provides the perfect time to do so.  The short term solution
is obvious - Bulte should cancel the January 19th fundraiser and apologize to her constituents and the Canadian public.

Why UserFriendly went private again

Why UserFriendly went private again - For many in the computer industry, the UserFriendly comic strip is the first Web page they open in the morning. However, only its most loyal readers are aware that, over the past five years, the company behind the cartoon has wandered into the public equity market, only to return to the status of a private company. Recently, I talked about this journey with JD Frazer, the creator of the strip, and David Barton, vice president of UserFriendly.org. Their account is a practical lesson in the difficulties involved in such business maneuvers -- to say nothing of a testimony to their collective ability to keep their business, ethics, and audience intact. [Newsforge]

Signatures to the Petition for Users' Rights still needed...

Signatures to the Petition for Users' Rights still needed... - Today I received 8 signatures for the Petition for Users' Rights from Waterloo, Ontario. It is important that we continue to collect signatures and have them tabled in the new parliament. Some of the people will be new, and we need to ensure that they are aware that, contrary to the misinformation in press releases, that Canadians (including Canadian creators) are not behind the extreme views of the Canadian branch plants of foreign intermediaries like CIRA and CAAST.

Who's in charge of these user groups anyway?

Who's in charge of these user groups anyway? - They may be powered by passion and a love for technology, but it's often the vendors that keep these organizations alive. We talk to leaders about how they deal with the conflict of interest issues. Also: Are LUGs immune? [ITBusiness.ca]

Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux

Canadian open source community association looks beyond Linux - CLUE relaunches to tackle social policies around technology choices [ITBusiness.ca]

Do LUGs still matter?

Do LUGs still matter? - Commentary -- There is no question that LUGs -- Linux User Groups -- have been important to the rapid growth and adoption of Linux. In the early years, a typical LUG brought together early adopters from every walk of life who had a missionary zeal for Linux. Today, most members are IT professionals. Given that, I wonder, do LUGs matter any longer? [Newsforge]

Merry Christmas from CLUG!

Merry Christmas! -

Hard to believe we're coming up on the end of another year. On behalf of the executive, and all CLUG members, we'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! [Calgary Linux User Group]

Postal

Postal codes by federal ridings (2003 representation order) file (PCFRF) tools - I have had a few people ask about it, so I decided to publish the tools I created. If you use this, please let me know and please send any enhancements.
Please also consider lobbying the government to fix the fact that this database is excessively expensive rather than it being free and shareable.
See the CivicSpace posting for details.
Download tools (updated periodically): digital-copyright.ca/pcfrf/pcfrf.tgz

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