Seeteufel (1736784) writes "A political group in the European Parliament tests the migration to Debian Parl. Parl is a taylored version of the Debian Linux distribution. Other groups are interested, esp. the Liberals with Mr. Torvalds senior. The free software migration debate got special attention from Parliament members after the Snowden revelations indicated their security and communications has been compromised." Link to Original Source top
Don't get me wrong: I'm all for serious privacy ethics, for privacy sensitivity, for privacy by design. But I'm not a fan of privacy-bureaucracy-drag. Europe, as one would expect, developed the world's most extreme form of bureaucracy-drag, when it invented the notion of bureaucratic "prior approval" for new technologies. That means that a new technology is dependent on a bureaucracy's prior approval before being launched.
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "On 5 February 2013, an ongoing renegotiation around Microsoft's "Open Bar" agreement with the French Ministry of Defence became public. A first contract had been concluded in 2009 without any call for tender, and it was not in full compliance with WTO procurement principles. Concerned about national security Free Software Group APRIL wrote to its political contacts, to the Minister of Defence, to Members of Parliament, and to the Senators from the Defence Commission. They hope to raise their awareness and demand utmost transparency." Link to Original Source top
In fact, Google’s search engine, as well as Microsoft’s (Bing), both ignore the Do Not Track header even though both companies helped implement this feature into their web browsers. Yahoo Search also ignored Do Not Track requests. Some websites will politely inform you, however, of the fact that your Do Not Track request has been ignored, and explain that this has been done in order to preserve their advertising revenue. But not all websites, by a long shot, do this.
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Is it possible to get rid off bad patents. The FFII tried in 2004 and picked the Amazon one-click gift patent. Today the European Patent Office scheduled an opposition hearing on the infamous invention. The chamber again revoked the patent because of lack of inventive step but Amazon is able to appeal once again." Link to Original Source top
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is now officially pronounced dead in the E.U. The European Parliament broadly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement a while ago, but there was still a court case pending at the European Court of Justice about the legality of ACTA. The Commission was open about its intent to reintroduce ACTA raticication to the Parliament after a positive Court decision. Now we learn the Commission has withdrawn its questions to the Court." Link to Original Source top
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Christian Ude (D), mayor of Munich, migrated the Bavarian capital to Linux and Libreoffice ("LiMux"). Now the charismatic Ude candidates as a Prime Minister of the Free State of Bavaria. He announced it wouldn't be an immidiate switch to open source but he is encouraging other Baviarian communities to follow the Munich model." Link to Original Source top
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Openoffice.org "started to rot under Sun and the Oracle. Sadly, instead of donating the code to the Document Foundation, Oracle and IBM decided to increased some overload on the Apache Foundation and donated the code to them." What is your own opinion? How do you view the Libre vs. Apache split?" Link to Original Source top
Libreoffice supporters defend their Freiburg deployment
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Libreoffice proponents aim to change the mind of the city administration in Freiburg, Germany. The city administration proposed the City Council to switch to Microsoft Office. Libreoffice supporters wrote a letter. Currently multiple cities consider to migrate to Libreoffice despite the massive lobbying from competitors. The decision of the City Council is a political one." Link to Original Source top
Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Bad news for Pfizer. The Canadian supreme court declared their Viagra patent void: "the disclosure in the specification would not have enabled the public “to make the same successful use of the invention as the inventor could at the time of his application”." Link to Original Source top