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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 […]

Government to increase open source in key IT projects

Government to increase open source in key IT projects

The Dutch government wants to increase the use of open standards and source in some of its key IT projects, minister for Foreign Trade Frank Heemkskerk said yesterday. “There is not enough progress in the uptake of this type of software”, said Heemskerk. “We need more perseverance. Using this type of software should be a social objective of public administrations.” […]

Ministry of Education approves open source software for schools

Ministry of Education approves open source software for schools

Open source can be used to teach computer science classes to secondary school pupils, Latvia’s ministry of Education announced on Tuesday. The ministry bases its conclusion on the work of a group of experts, industry association representatives, ministry officials and school representatives. The group in August started looking for open source applications that could be used for computer science classes. […]

Bologna achieves vendor independence for its office applications

Bologna achieves vendor independence for its office applications

The administration of the Italian city of Bologna has almost completed its move to OpenOffice. Most of the 3600 PCs now run this open source suite of office applications. The administration is planning to move more applications to open source, aiming to become less dependent on specific IT vendors. This municipality started its first open source pilot in 2004. It […]

Open source professorship at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Open source professorship at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Germany’s first open source professorship was established at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. First professor of Open Source will be Dr. Dirk Riehle, MBA. The professorship and its research group will focus on the use of open source as a target for developers, and its application in enterprises. The group hopes to develop methods and business models that can support decision-makers in […]

European ministers favour open specifications and open source

European ministers favour open specifications and open source

European ministers responsible for eGovernment policy of the European Union say the open source model could be promoted for use in eGovernment projects, they said in a statement last week in the Swedish city of Malmö. Addressing open specifications, the ministers state: “It is important to create a level playing field where open competition can take place in order to […]

Students line up for new free software master at open universities

Students line up for new free software master at open universities

Two of Europe’s open universities, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain and Open Universiteit in the Netherlands, are about to start the first courses of what will become a Master programme on free and open source software and open standards, The Free Technology Academy (FTA). The program could prove popular, the number of early registrations shows. The registration for […]

FSF works with PayPal to the benefit of the free software community

FSF works with PayPal to the benefit of the free software community

The Free Software Foundation thanks PayPal for responding to its concerns and making its terms more free software friendly. BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, November 23rd, 2009 — Usually when you hear good news about licensing from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), it’s because some noteworthy software has become free software or GPL-compatible when it wasn’t before. Today’s news is […]

Internet monitoring system to publish tools as open source

Internet monitoring system to publish tools as open source

An Estonian government project to safeguard the country’s Internet infrastructure will publish some of the tools it is developing as open source, using the European Union Public Licence (EUPL). The project will be monitoring network traffic in Estonia, aiming to prevent network problems. The project was awarded this summer by the National Informatics Center (RIA) to the Finish IT security […]

Advocacy group protests government’s approving of OOXML

Advocacy group protests government’s approving of OOXML

April, a French free and open source software advocacy group, is protesting the French government’s approval of Microsoft’s OOXML as a government document standard, alongside the open document format ODF. France on 11 November published its Référentiel Général d’Interopératibilité (General interoperability framework for public administrations and local governments, RGI). To allow public administrators to exchange documents without trouble, the RGI […]

Open source key to software re-use of public administrations

“Free and open source software enables more effective actions, with a very low cost, when financing small projects for public administrations”, says Osvaldo Gervasi, president of Umbria’s Open Source Competence Center (CCOS) and professor of Computer Science at University of Perugia. “This type of software is key to the re-use of applications by public administrations.” The activities of Umbria’s open […]

Introducing the Open Web Foundation Agreement

Introducing the Open Web Foundation Agreement

The Open Web Foundation was founded to help developer communities collaborate and share technical innovation on the web, bringing to the world of formats and protocols the same successful grassroots approaches established by the open source community. Modeled after the Apache Software Foundation and Creative Commons, the Open Web Foundation seeks to facilitate the creation and implementation of specifications with […]

EU space agency to start a repository for open source applications

EU space agency to start a repository for open source applications

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to build a repository for hosting and developing it’s open source applications, including flight software, ground software and engineering tools. The organisation on 11 November posted a call for tender to start the development of the repository. ESA wants to determine the requirements, architecture and implementation of a repository of space open source software. […]

P4P Remodels File Sharing

P4P Remodels File Sharing

“Peer-to-peer” (P2P) is synonymous with piracy and bandwidth hogging on the Internet. But now, Internet service providers and content companies are taking advantage of technology designed to speed the delivery of content through P2P networks. Meanwhile, standards bodies are working to codify the technology into the Internet’s basic protocols.