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New System Makes Household Communication Networks More Versatile

Household network communications is developing so quickly that it is necessary to adapt and change in order to take advantage of the new services and meet the broadband needs that they require. With this objective, a group of UC3M researchers have presented a new proposal for architecture for Residential Gateway or RGW, which is a device that connects a residential […]

Galician government launches a promotion campaign on open source

Galician government launches a promotion campaign on open source

The government of Galicia, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, wants to boost the use of free and open source software by its public administrations and citizens. The regional ministry for Modernisation and Innovation aims to bring together its previous initiatives on open source, it explains in a statement published on 27 January. Previous initiatives on free and open source software […]

Open source to fix mandatory e-government’s service

Open source to fix mandatory e-government’s service

At least three open source projects in the Czech Republic are working to allow platform independent access to the government’s electronic message service. The mandatory service, called ‘Datove schranky’ (Data boxes) is currently only accessible on computers running Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. The open source development projects started following an appeal by a group of 25 Czech companies and individuals. […]

Valencia migrates three open source GIS tools to OSOR

Valencia migrates three open source GIS tools to OSOR

The ministry of infrastructure and transport in Valencia, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, last week began migration of three of its open source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications and projects to the European Union’s Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR). The applications, gvSIG Carreteras, gvSIG Sandbox and gsSIG Mobile, are currently hosted on the gvSIG software development site of the […]

Intel Lifts the Hood on its “Single-Chip Cloud Computer”

Chips that can simulate a supernova or predict a hurricane are yesterday’s goal, if Intel’s recently unveiled 48-core research chip is any indication. Today’s goal is squeezing all the simple but extensive work of a data center onto a single chip. Big IT firms have huge, sophisticated networks of servers, says Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer and director of […]

Patent Office Grants EFF Request for Reexamination of Dangerous VOIP Patent

Patent Office Grants EFF Request for Reexamination of Dangerous VOIP Patent

Another Big Win for EFF’s Patent Busting Project San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won reexamination of an illegitimate patent on voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) that could cripple the adoption of new VoIP technologies. A company named Acceris Communications Technologies, now C2 Communications Technologies, was awarded the bogus patent for hardware, software, and processes for implementing VoIP using […]

Administrations sponsor extension of open source network monitoring tool

Administrations sponsor extension of open source network monitoring tool

Several public administrations in Spain are sponsoring the development of Zorb, an open source extension to Nagios, an open source network monitoring tool. Zorb allows users to fine-tune the processing of events generated from the monitored instances, hosts and services. Zorb has just been published on the OSOR Forge. The development of Zorb is made possible with the help of […]

Danish state administrations to use ODF

Danish state administrations to use ODF

The Danish parliament and the Danish minister for Science this morning agreed that the Danish state administrations should use open standards, including the Open Document Format (ODF), starting on 1 April 2011. A formal vote on the agreement is planned for next Tuesday. Talking to the Danish parliament this morning, Science minister Helge Sander said he was proud that many […]

Open Source GIS systems to be used by Spanish Wine makers

Open Source GIS systems to be used by Spanish Wine makers

Wine makers in Spain will soon be able to use the gvSIG open source geographic information services developed in a large part with the help of several of Spain’s public administrations. The gvSIG association announced on 18 January to start working together with a Spanish provider of commercial GIS services. The two will develop and introduce GIS applications allowing wine […]

Police considers moving to open source

Police considers moving to open source

The Polish Police force wants to increase its use of free and open source software in order to cut costs, announces Andrzej Trela, Deputy Chief of Police and responsible for logistics, in an interview in the Police force’s monthly newsletter, published on 15 January. The Deputy Chief expects moving to open source will not be that difficult. There are only […]

MPAA and RIAA Seek Net Neutrality Copyright Loophole

MPAA and RIAA Seek Net Neutrality Copyright Loophole

Last week the MPAA and RIAA submitted their comments in the FCC’s net neutrality proceeding. As anticipated in EFF’s comments, the big media companies are pushing for a copyright loophole to net neutrality. They want to be able to pressure ISPs to block, interfere with, or otherwise discriminate against your perfectly lawful activities in the course of implementing online copyright […]

Public sector should use open standards

Public sector should use open standards

The Commissioner-designate Neelie Kroes wants the public sector to increase its use of open standards, she said in her appearance before a European Parliament committee on 14 January. “Digital society depends on open standards and interoperability, and with this in mind, public organisations must practise what they promote. If they don’t use open standards, why should citizens? I will pursue […]

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards have been made mandatory for the IT systems of Hungary’s public administrations. The Hungarian parliament voted in favour of amendments prescribing open standards, to a law on electronic government services, on 14 December. The changes received 197 votes in favour, one against and 146 abstentions, according to the Open Standard Alliance, a Hungarian advocacy group that lobbyed in […]

European Parliament restart workgroup on open source software

European Parliament restart workgroup on open source software

A number of members of the European Parliament are about to start an informal cross party working group on ‘new media, free and open source software and open information society’. The intergroup is expected to begin in February, with the support of the European People’s Party (EPP), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (Alde) and the European Greens. The working […]

Will NIEHS Ever “Get” EMFs?

Most managers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) refuse to allow that the EMF­cancer playbook may be different from the one for chemicals. Even now, when there is ample evidence that power line EMFs can increase the risk of childhood leukemia and there is a growing suspicion that cell phone radiation is associated with three different types […]

France warns against using Internet Explorer

France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to protect security. Certa, a government agency that oversees cyber threats, warned against using all versions of the web browser. Germany warned users on Friday after malicious code – implicated in attacks on Google – was published online. But Microsoft […]

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards made mandatory for public administrations

Open standards have been made mandatory for the IT systems of Hungary’s public administrations. The Hungarian parliament voted in favour of amendments prescribing open standards, to a law on electronic government services, on 14 December. The changes received 197 votes in favour, one against and 146 abstentions, according to the Open Standard Alliance, a Hungarian advocacy group that lobbyed in […]

Cenatic campaign: ten reasons for using open source in education

Cenatic campaign: ten reasons for using open source in education

Using open source software offers schools a unique opportunity to advance the information society that is fair and free, says Cenatic, Spain’s resource centre on open source and open standards. Cenatic on Friday published a brochure ‘Ten reasons for using open source in education’, meant to show the country’s autonomous regions the benefits of open source software, and to ensure […]

French Military contributes code to Mozilla Thunderbird

French Military contributes code to Mozilla Thunderbird

The latest release of the open source email client Mozilla Thunderbird contains code from the French Military. The involvement of the Ministry of Defence with the free software email client goes back to 2006 when it defined requirements for added security features to Mozilla Thunderbird . The primary modifications donated by the French military are security features such as delivery […]

Move to innovation park benefited South Tyrol’s open source centre

Move to innovation park benefited South Tyrol’s open source centre

Making the Italian South Tyrol Free Software Centre (FSC) part of the Digital Technologies Area in the innovation centre in the Italian city of Bolzano, has given it the strength to support public authorities as well as companies in the region, says Patrick Ohnewein, head of the centre. The FSC was made part of the Digital Technologies Area of the […]