Do what I say, not what I do : Government

Today in ComputerWorld there is a story about the Government being wary about Trusted Computing and DRM protections such as those introduced in Microsoft Vista. At the same time the Government is in the process of drafting and passing legislation in the copyright ammendment bill which will legally protect DRM implementations from reverse engineering that would enable evaluation of security threats for everyone else.

Open Source creating a new software industry

Open source is undermining shrink wrap software and fundimentally changing the software industry claims Ray Lane, a managing partner in Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The software market is in transition from high profit margins of 70% or more to margins more in line with the hardware market at 20%.

While Microsoft have been successfull at selling software at high margins the entire industry is now experiencing a contraction due to the availability of quality open source solutions which can be used with minimal technical experience.

But what about the parents?

Posted on: April 20, 2007 - 23:44 By: carl

Lots of coverage of of a large US software company and their $3 software offer. One angle from the BBC Microsoft aims to double PC base and a slightly more cynical view from The Register Microsoft debuts Windows for the Poor. I'll leave you to pick your preference but I will elaborate on a post I made to one of those sites.

I do a bit of work amongst low decile education institutes here in NZ in the technology adaptation area, mainly kindergartens and childcare centres. During the training sessions they would rant a bit about how the NZ govt. deal with Microsoft didn't cover Early Childhood Education and how unfair it was as they had to fork out around $300 to get an academic use copy.

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