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The site is located at ubuntu-ca.org and sports the groupś new made-in Canada logo.
An article in ITBusiness.ca by Sarah Lysecki discusses the Linux lab we reported earlier.
Employee Memberships are similar to regular memberships but are offered as part of Corporate Sponsorships. They entitle a certain number of people (depending on the level of sponsorship) to be designated by the company to receive CLUE member benefits. These memberships are transferrable, at the request of the sponsor's primary contact.
The member priviledges include:
Becoming a corporate sponsor of CLUE is quick and easy:
As CLUE moves forward to accomplish its goals of representing the views of the open source community to policy makers and to the public at large, we are becoming a paid-membership organization starting in June 2006. As a result, the following changes are taking place:
I've been seeing an increasing number of comments suggesting that Microsoft is moving ahead with tools designed to reduce the numbers of unauthorized copies of Windows out there. Blogs such as this one on ZDNet do a good job of describing the possible implementation of this program, which has the potential to shut down a lot of copies of Windows deemed to be illegitimate.
A newsforge article by Bruce Byfield includes:
It is great to see that some members of parliament are taking the time to learn more about FLOSS. While this introduction to the event focuses on using FLOSS to save money, it also provides an opening to discuss some of the policy issues facing our part of the software sector.
I wrote the following as a reply to an ITBusiness.ca article written by Shane Schick titled Truth, justice and the open source way which discussed FLOSS and the patent system.
I believe that FLOSS is to software what the patent system was for tangible inventions of physical things in the past.
Historically we had limited communications technologies and mobility slowing down collaboration. Inventions of tangible things took a lot of time and energy to move from design to prototype to distributable product. Within this context patents solved important problems. Without governments granting a temporary monopoly to the first inventor there would be too much risk to trying to develop ideas, and too much of an incentive to keep the ideas secret. Far too many inventions were kept secret and lost with the death of the inventor. A patent filing required a full disclosure of the invention such that someone skilled in the art could study, replicate and improve upon it, with the 20 year monopoly representing the slower realities of the day.
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