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- Netflix: Why we use and contribute to open source software
(Netflix Tech Blog,
Our budget, measured in dollars, time, people, and energy, is limited
and we must therefore focus our technology development efforts on
that streaming video software that clearly differentiates Netflix and
creates delight for our customers. These limits require that we stand
on the shoulders of giants who have solved technology challenges shared
in common by all companies that operate at Internet scale. ... We do
utilize some commercial software but there is often the alternative
choice of utilizing open source software, preferably open source
software that implements an open standard. ... he great thing about
a good open source project that solves a shared challenge is that
it develops it's own momentum and it is sustained for a long time by
a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement. At Netflix we jumped on
for the ride a long time ago and we have benefited enormously from
the virtuous cycles of actively evolving open source projects. We
benefit from the continuous improvements provided by the community
of contributors outside of Netflix. We also benefit by contributing
back the changes we make to the projects. By sharing our bug fixes and
new features back out into the community, the community then in turn
continues to improve upon bug fixes and new features that originated
at Netflix and then we complete the cycle by bring those improvements
back into Netflix.
- Office of the State [of California] CIO IT Policy Letter: Open Source Software Policy
(California Office of the State Chief Information Officer,
The purpose of this Information Technology Policy Letter (ITPL) is to: Formally establish the
use of Open Source Software (OSS) in California state government as an acceptable practice ...
This policy provides guidance on the use of Open Source Software (OSS) ... The OCIO permits
the use of OSS.
- French army sides with Mozilla in Microsoft email war
A new email client unveiled by Mozilla this week contains code from an
unusual source -- the French military, which decided the open source
product was more secure than Microsoft's rival Outlook. ... France's
military chose open source software after an internal government debate
[...] culminated in a [...] directive requiring state agencies 'Seek
maximum technological and commercial independence.' ... The French
government is beginning to move to other open source software, including
Linux instead of Windows and OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office.
- New [US Department of Defense] Memo on Open Source Software
'Misconceptions and misinterpretations... have hampered effective
DoD use and development of OSS.' The new memo tries to counter those
misconceptions and misinterpretations, and is very positive about
OSS. In particular, it lists a number of potential advantages of OSS,
and recommends that in certain cases the DoD release software as OSS.
- IBM and Ubuntu roll Linux for U.S desktops vs Windows 7
IBM and Canonical are now announcing the launch of Linux and
cloud-based desktop software in the U.S. The effort was originally
announced more than a year ago, in August of 2008 as the Microsoft-Free
PC effort. The basic idea is to have an Linux OS, with IBM smart
client applications called Open Collaboration Client Solution software
(OCCS) (Lotus Symphony and Notes) for enterprise apps.
- EvriChart: A Linux Success Story
Tony Maro, CIO of EvriChart, a hospital records management and
archiving business, successfully migrated his company's Windows-based
line of business document management extranet application and his
employees' 40-odd Windows-based desktops to a 100 percent Linux-based
server and desktop infrastructure.
- [Ontario] researchers tout cheap eHealth alternative
Researchers at Hamilton's McMaster University say they have devised an
electronic medical records system that can be implemented by physicians
across Ontario for two per cent of the money the provincial government
has spent on eHealth Ontario. [...] Around 600 doctors across the
country -- including 450 family physicians in Ontario -- currently
use the software. The software is open-source, which means users are
allowed access to its basic code. Users are free to add to or modify
the software without fear of legal repercussions... Because it's
open-source, OSCAR is free. The costs to set it up come in the form
of servers, hardware and support staff. [...] [In] a report released
Wednesday, Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter said the province had
wasted [a $1 billion investment] and eHealth had little to show for
- IBM Throws Out Microsoft Office
360,000 IBM workers have been told to stop using Microsoft Office and
switch to the Open Office-based software Symphony. ... IBM's management
have obviously decided to practice what they preach. 330,000 IBM
workers already use Symphony...
- Microsoft Acknowledges Linux threat to Windows client
The move is an acknowledgment of the first viable competition from
Linux to Microsoft's Windows client business, due mainly to the use
of Linux on netbooks, which are rising in prominence as alternatives
to full-sized notebooks.
- U.S. Postal Service Gives Stamp of Approval To FOSS [Free and Open Source Software]
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has switched 1,300 of the servers
that manage its package tracking system to a Linux environment. The
move has taken the better part of a year since all the original system
code was written in Cobol and had to be converted for Linux -- a less
expensive option than rewriting it altogether.
- The Hidden Cost of Using Microsoft Software
Detractors of free software like to point out it's not really 'free,'
and claim that its Total Cost of Ownership is often comparable with
closed-source solutions... [yet] they never include a very real
extra that users of Microsoft's products frequently have to pay:
the cost of cleaning up malware infections. For example, the UK city
of Manchester has just paid out nearly $2.5 million to clean up the
- City of Vancouver embraces open data, standards and source
Vancouver city council has endorsed the principles of making its
data open and accessible to everyone where possible, adopting open
standards for that data and considering open source software when
replacing existing applications. ... About 15 members of the public
signed up to speak about the motion. All who spoke were in favour,
Reimer said. "The only sort of negative [comment] was 'Can't you go
further? Can't you do more?'"
- Dvorak Likes Linux
'I'm tired of dealing with Windows malware, patch Tuesday, and the
never-ending deterioration of the OS as it clogs up like a drain
in a greasy-spoon restaurant. I can't take it anymore.' ... 'the
biggest differences between Ubuntu and Windows are the cost and the
subsequent headaches, because Microsoft is constantly fretting over
bootleg copies. The company monitors machines to make sure they are
running legal copies of software. There have already been instances
of computers shut down by Microsoft HQ because of some glitch in the
cloud. This is simply unacceptable. I don't want to rely on a system
like that.' ... 'If I had a small or mid-size company, I'd probably
use only Linux and open-source software, just to stay out of the way
of the software police and their onerous "audits" — another
abhorrent situation that, to me, is intolerable.'
- HP Opens Up Open Source for Small Businesses
HP is approaching this market with both fists flying. Wednesday,
it announced two new open source products, geared to small businesses
and educational institutions.
- Move Your Business from Windows to Linux
Windows XP is available only as a costly 'downgrade' from Windows Vista...
If that feels like a waste of your small business's precious IT budget,
and you're still looking for an alternative to Windows Vista, look no
further than Linux. The latest distributions are free, easy to install,
and highly customizable; they harness your existing hardware without
overtaxing it; and they include a wealth of productivity applications
and utilities. ... Linux is different from Windows, but it isn't
an alien life form. The human investment you make in transitioning
away from expensive Windows and Office licenses may pay for itself
quickly. More important, you'll be free to run the desktop and server
software of your choice, on hardware you can afford.
- Linux captures the 'green' flag, beats Windows 2008 power-saving measures
Independent tests show that Red Hat Linux pulls as much as 12%
less power than Windows 2008 on identical hardware. For this test,
we examined power consumption as a way to judge whether Windows Server
2008 or Linux is, in fact, the 'greener' operating system. As the price
of power hits record heights, power reduction mechanisms shipping within
an operating system should play a key role in you energy conservation
plan. Our tests point to Linux as the winner of the green flag by
margins that topped out at 12%.
- KDE on Linux now de facto platform for Brazil primary school education system
(SMB Tech Advice.com,
Brazil has made KDE on Linux the official computing platform of the
primary education system. [...] [I'm] elated to see that 52 million
young people will grow up in a free (as in freedom) environment where
they will learn and flourish without the trappings of proprietary
- Geneva schools completely switch to Open Source
((IDABC) Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens),
About 70,000 students and their 7,000 teachers in the Geneva school district will gradually be moving to Open Source.
- Ubuntu breathes new life into school's abandoned hardware
Implementing a kiosk mode Kubuntu setup allowed Westall Secondary
School, located in eastern Melbourne, to save money, exact greater
control over security measures, and extend the life of older and
discarded hardware without sacrificing performance. But according to
[the school's IT support magager], the 'huge amount of flexibility'
offered by the Linux operating system was the primary motive behind
- Canadian school district serves up lessons on the power of Linux
For two large school districts -- in Canada and the U.S. -- Linux
and other open source software is the plat du jour on the education
menu. ... The largest Linux implementation is running close to 200
diskless clients in a single school. ... 'We get better support with
open source software: online wikis, forums, mailing lists etc are
much faster and better to get support than phoning up Microsoft and
listening to someone read off answers from flash cards.' ... 'We give
everyone FreeNX access to their Linux desktop from home so they can
get all the same programs without having to install Linux at home.'
- 9000 PCs in Swiss schools going Linux only
Beginning this September, all 9000 computers [in Swiss schools]
will run only [the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, and other] free and
open source software. While officials are happy to be saving money on
licensing, the Department of Public instruction largely made the move
out of what they considered best practices for student education...
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- True or False: E-Waste
True or False: Switching from a Windows-operated computer to a
Linux-operated one could slash computer-generated e-waste levels by
50%. The answer is: TRUE
- 13 reasons why Linux should be on your desktop
Vista is a Wagner Opera that is usually late to start, takes too long
to finish, and is spoilt by floorboards creaking under the weight of
the cast. Mac OS X Leopard, meanwhile, is the late show in an exclusive
nightclub where the drinks are always too expensive. In contrast,
the Linux desktop is the free show in the park across the street --
it imposes some discomforts on the audience, but provides plenty of
- The Next Leap for Linux
(New York Times,
Unlike Windows from Microsoft and OS X from Apple, Linux is not owned,
updated or controlled by a single company. Thousands of developers
around the world work on Linux, making improvements and issuing new
versions several times a year. ... Because Dell does not have to
pay a licensing fee for the operating system, the computers are $80
cheaper than PCs with Windows Vista Home Premium or $50 cheaper than
the stripped-down Vista Basic edition. ... Thanks to open source
developers, there are thousands more free programs. An Add/Remove
function actually makes finding programs easier with Linux than it
is for Mac and Windows. Without having to go to Web sites, it lets
you browse through categories of software. It took me only seconds
to find several additional music players, a PDF reader and other
programs. ... with prices starting as low as free, you certainly cannot
complain about the price.
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