April 2005

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Whether or not FLOSS theories and philosophies could be applied in other intellectual fields
A new course on FLOSS politics at Goteborg University, Sweden has been started. The course focuses on whether FLOSS theories and philosophies could be applied in other fields of intellectual endeavours or not. This is an opportunity to study the philosophical foundations and theories that have developed in the open source/free software field. The course participants will continue their study of the phenomenon and also be given the opportunity to discuss the new issues these development philosophies have given rise to. www.gu.se/English/default.html

Code.google.com – place for FLOSS code
Code.google.com is Google's place for external developers interested in Google-related development. It's where Google publishes free source code and lists of API services. http://code.google.com/index.html

VTU-FLOSS Campaign
This is a very interesting FLOSS Campaign initiated at the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Belgaum, Karnataka State, India. A written online petition addressed to the Vice Chancellor requests opening wider software avenues for students through Free Software in the university. The petition covers benefits and new opportunities FLOSS brings to the users. More and more people from all over the world are signing up this petition. http://bangalore.gnu.org.in/?VTU-FLOSS_Campaign

Open access archiving: an idea whose time has come
Frederick Noronha shared a very informative article by David Dickson written in the context of various burning issues around open access to scientific publications and archiving. The article covers on-going controversy around demands for open access to refereed published research, the viewpoint of publishers and challenges for developing countries.  There is a need that OA archiving should be given much higher attention in policy circles within developing countries that it does at present. It is hoped that a larger consensus on issues will be arrived at during forthcoming second phase of World Summit on the Information Society. http://bangalore.gnu.org.in/?VTU-FLOSS_Campaign

Open Source Law Centre opens doors
An article on 'Open source law centre' was shared with bytesforall members. This article is about $4 million investment made by the Open Source Development Labs, which have created a centre to provide free legal support to free and open source software (FOSS) projects. This article can be found online at the following location: http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3466751

Bangla Firefox
Omi Azad shared this exciting news about new Bangladeshi version of FireFox 1.0.2.  Mozilla Firefox is getting popular day by day as Internet browser.  Looking at FireFox's increasing popularity and to ease Bangla computing for Bangla speaking community, Mozilla has introduced FireFox's Bangla interface to Bangla users and released a Bangla language (bn-BD) extension for Mozilla FireFox 1.0.2. Bytesforall requests all the members to share similar developments in their countries (if any) so that a repository of such initiatives can be maintained at the website. http://firefox.ekushey.org

New Zealand's health ministry dumps Windows for Linux
Sreekanth of mahiti.org shared this news that New Zealand's Ministry of Health is going back to Linux for its mission-critical applications. It is due to windows poor management controls and problems with data centre operations. This can also serve as a reference for any large-scale implementation of open source software.

Freescale makes Linux move in China
Freescale makes Linux move in China by planning to establish a lab based in Beijing to develop complete evaluation systems for the open operating system (OS) and PowerPC core. In addition to establishing the joint lab, Freescale and CSIP are planning a joint PowerPC Linux Developers Forum in Beijing. The forum will provide Chinese OEMs, software companies, universities and government entities hands-on training with PowerPC processor and Linux OS technologies, and it will also update the participants on the PowerPC architecture and Freescale product roadmap.
http://www. reed-electronics.com/electronicnews/article/CA507035. html?industryid=21371


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