Wednesday, November 14, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 14 November 2007

In the News

PC Mag reports, "The long-awaited gPhone is still a pipe dream for the Google faithful, but the search engine giant took a step toward realizing that goal Monday with the introduction of the Android open-source platform for mobile devices."

From Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet, "
This is the first in a series of pieces I plan to write about the values driving open source, and by extension the Internet....Transparency may be the most important open source value."

Computer World shares, "While Eclipse tools may have first appeared in some companies after grass-roots efforts by individual developers working on isolated projects, the open-source developer community is now squarely 'business-oriented,' according to the results of a recent survey (download PDF) released today." posts, "A new software as a service (SaaS) offering from open source software purveyor OpenLogic is taking aim at the freewheeling usage of open source in the workplace with OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX) Enterprise Edition -- a solution that provides businesses with an approval and governance model for adoption."

All the way from the Jankarta Post, "In an effort to support the ASEAN Go Open-source initiative, Indonesia is set to hold the ASEAN Workshop on Open Source Software on Nov. 7-8 to promote the use of legal and free-to-download office computer software."

PC World reports, "Apple has released the Darwin source code behind its Leopard operating system to developers."

The New York Times states, "Advocates of Linux, the free open-source operating system, like to say that buying a standard-issue computer involves a Microsoft Tax... New versions of Linux and inexpensive hardware like the new Everex gPC TC2502 make that tax avoidable."

On the Blogosphere

Ars Technica posts an article entitled, "Game-Changer: Asus EE PC a Win for Intel and Linux, at Microsoft's Expense."

From The Ledger, "Mr. Rubin is one of the primary architects behind...(a) product that...smacks of potential ├╝ber-coolness — the Google Phone. As Google’s “director of mobile platforms,” Mr. Rubin oversees dozens of engineers who are developing the software at the company’s sprawling campus here. " Read more about him!

"As we know Ghost is a software used to image your Windows installation, in other words it help you to have a complete backup of a PC for later restore or replication in environment such as School,University, Computer Training lab, and so on." Geek2Live reports that there's now an open source alternative.

Windows Updated reports, "Mandriva, based in France, had agreed to supply a customized Linux OS for 17,000 Intel Classmate PCs, which are rugged laptops aimed for educational use in developing countries. But in an unorthodox twist after the deal was completed about three weeks ago, Nigeria has since decided that it will strip the OS from the Classmate PCs and install Microsoft's Windows OS instead..."

Free and Open Source Software in Education shares, "(On) Halloween, four developers holed up in a room in the Hotel@MIT and hacked away on what would become a working version of local apps running on an Edubuntu thin-client!" Very big news!!

From C News, "The project to install open-source software at schools has been launched in Russia."

Fsckin w/Linux reports, "This week, WalMart has begun selling a new computer called the gPC for the price of $199. Instead of using Microsoft Windows, this incredibly inexpensive Linux-based computer runs an operating system which is fittingly called 'gOS'." G, of course, stands for Google.

The Norfolk Blogger writes, "After years of the government telling us all to install Microsoft software in school without hesitation,Becta, a (U.K.) government agency have at last announced that schools should be very careful about signing any deals with Microsoft and should review whether open source software might be a better option.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 8 November 2007

In the News

Business Wire reports, "...(A) study reveals Feds increasing appetite for open source 71 percent of respondents note that their agency can benefit from open source... The full study is available for download at"

From The NonProfit Times, "...the race is on to 'open' the various systems so that they can integrate with software from other vendors."

PC World reveals, "Autodesk recently announced plans to donate its coordinate system (CS) and map projection technology to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)."

On the Blogosphere

In the second of a three part series, Serdar Yegulalp, writes, "In the first post in this series, I talked about how open-source operating systems were one of a galaxy of three major and complementary forces. The second, and in some ways more important force, is open-source applications."