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Russia installing Linux in every school in the country
Written by Samuknow   
Thursday, 20 September 2007 05:41

According to CNews, a Russian counterpart to CNet, the Russian government is actively pursuing the development of a “Russian OS” to be available to every school in the country. While government-sponsored, the Russian operating system will be based on Linux and will be open source. The initiative will be accompanied by significant infrastructural changes supporting information technology in education.

According to CNews analyst Sergey Shalmanov,

the historically existing model to use software in education in Russia is sure to fail. It has already lost some of its advantages because of widely spread illegal practically free Miscrosoft software. The existing practice to install Windows software on school computers is not profitable both economically, because of discounts for client license, and strategically as it initially ties a young user to the platform and products of one company, although very popular and convenient in operation


More at ZDNet....

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An Idiot’s Tale of Choosing a Linux Distro
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 17 September 2007 22:40

David Risley
PC Mechanic

I am a long-time Windows user. I started using Windows back with Windows 3.1. I went through 95, 98, served a brief prison sentence with Windows ME, moved to 2000, then XP, and now Vista. So, I’ve pretty much used them all. The newest incarnation (Vista) is a mixed bag, to say the least. On my notebook computer, Vista runs pretty well. On my desktop, it can be an annoying experience. I am actually contemplating bringing the desktop BACK to Windows XP Media Center (which is what it originally came with). Windows XP is SO much more dependable.

SCO bankrupt and Free Linux is still FREE!
Written by Daniel   
Saturday, 15 September 2007 10:00
SCO files for Chapter 11
ARS Technica
By Nate Anderson | Published: September 14, 2007 - 04:14PM CT

No business strategy is more time-honored than using a sleepy Friday afternoon to drop some seriously bad news on investors, and SCO has followed the old playbook to the letter. At 3:21pm this afternoon, SCO sent a press release across the wire announcing that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That sound you hear is the giddy chuckling of Linux devotees across the globe.
Linux to finally get REAL ATI support?
Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 07 September 2007 13:36

AMD are working with Novel to flesh out the specs for a full driver interface in open source for their HD 2000 and x1000 series GPUs, the initial release of which will occur this coming Monday.

Microsoft Declares Linux to be a swearword on XBox Live
Written by Dsio   
Tuesday, 04 September 2007 19:11

From The Inquirer:

It would seam that Microsoft has decided that the word "Linux" is now "rude of offensive" under the latest volume of The Grand Microsoft 

Tome of Ethics.  In furtherance of this stance, a fatwah was issued, banning XBox users from using the word "Linux" in their online motto, as a member of Titan Onslaught Forums discovered.  Perhaps for some entertainment, the term "Vista" should be added to the forum swear filter?

Microsoft seam to be taking this whole anti penguin caper a bit seriously these days.

(AOAForums thread)


Linux text editors tested
Written by Danrok   
Sunday, 19 August 2007 11:00

Linux text editors: Do any make the grade?

LinuxFrom ComputerWorld:

Linux buffs tend to scoff at one of the major reasons that Windows users like me haven't switched yet: We don't want to give up our favorite applications. With countless open-source options, plus a rising number of commercial apps for Linux, their argument goes, we can certainly find a replacement for whatever software we're running on XP or Vista.

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