Microsoft’s Hilf says Windows more reliable than Linux

Posted on: March 16, 2006 - 08:50 By: carl

Interesting article on ITWire in Australia. Bill Hilf is the man who has reneged on speaking at the upcoming Linux World Conf & Expo in Australia, although he did manage a phone conference to the recent GOVIS Open Source Seminar.

I am always intrigued by the selective memory that marketing people have. Bills main argument is that the reason Microsoft products are so successful is that they are integrated, easy to use and tested with a wide range of products. Really? I thought it was because you coudn't buy a computer or laptop from a major vendor that didn't have Windows on it.

NZOSS release response to Legal Issues Guide

Posted on: March 15, 2006 - 09:22 By: Feynmanfan

On Monday the NZOSS released a response to the State Services Commission regarding the guide to the legal risks of Open Source. The response was the result of extensive peer review in the New Zealand Open Source community and cites several concerns about the document. Representitives of the NZOSS will be meeting with the SSC to discuss the response, later this week. Groklaw, a blog by Pamela Jones, has reported the response.

Former government CIO vocal about open source

Posted on: March 14, 2006 - 23:41 By: carl

This is an article in the Australian Computer world about Peter Quinn, the erstwhile CIO of the State Government of Massachusetts and one of the chief proponents of the move to the Open Document Format.

The excellent news is that he is scheduled to speak at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conf & Expo in Sydney. This would be a really great session to attend coming from someone who was definately in the front lines.

Get over there if you can.

Postgres success story

Posted on: March 14, 2006 - 12:31 By: pcreso

The message below is copied from a Postgresql mailing list. A vote of confidence in Open Source.

Brent Wood

The Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) of the Wisconsin Court System has migrated to PostgreSQL for all of its Circuit Court web operations. Eight production databases have been converted, six of them around 180 GB each, holding statewide information replicated real-time from 72 county databases. The central copies support audit functions, statewide statistics and report generation, and this web site:

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/

Given the success of this effort, we expect to be converting the other court databases to PostgreSQL.

$15m for e-education

Posted on: March 12, 2006 - 09:28 By: carl

Good to see some of that heading towards an Open Source project in this article on stuff. Some of the money is earmarked for the OSVLE and modules for Moodle. Interestingly one of the recipients is Telford Rural PolyTech. They were mentioned at the GOVIS OSS as one of the organisations who couldn't afford to participate in any proprietary e-learning environment and had recently set up a Moodle based system. Nice to see that they are looking developing modules themselves. That's what community is about.

Microsoft's EU offer a 'poisoned honeypot' - rival

Posted on: March 10, 2006 - 08:27 By: carl

At last! An article on stuff outlining the real problems with 'shared source' initiatives. I have been especially disappointed with tertiary institutions who have taken up this offer in the past as it has the potential to eat into the very heart of the next generation of OSS developers. The risk in the education sector is even worse as even the fact that you attended an institution who signed an agreement may be an issue although you may never have seen the code yourself.

Conspiracy theorists could have a field day...

IBM Linux head says savings real

Posted on: March 10, 2006 - 08:19 By: carl

A short article on stuff covering the recent visit of Mary Ann Fisher and GOVIS Open Source seminar. Interesting takeaways are:

  • gov.uk saved 2.3 billion euro by switching to a Linux based procurement systems
  • only 2% of companies see benefit in a in a total OSS stack, so hybrid systems are here for a while folks

Still lots of opportunity out there!

MP criticises SSC open source guidelines

Posted on: March 6, 2006 - 23:06 By: carl

This article in Computerworld covers reaction to the State Services Commission OSS guidelines document here. There was a bit of discussion about this at the recent GOVIS Open Source Seminar as well. And of course the NZOSS mailing list has been fairly smoking!

The NZOSS is in the process of formulating a response to the SSC to express our concerns about some aspects of the guidelines.

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