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19 Feb

Cuba declares war on Windows

An article on Tom's Hardware points to Cuba's plans to create their own Linux distribution called "Nova".

Quotes from the article:
"In an effort to rid every computer in the country of the American-designed Windows OS, the Cuban government has banned the software and created its own Linux-based operating system."

"Private software can have black holes and malicious codes that one doesn't know about. That doesn't happen with free software" - Cuba University's Information Sciences Director Hector Rodriguez

Read more here

This is not that unusual. China for example has long had various home-grown Linux distributions. Obviously there is both a security aspect as Rodriquez has noted above, but also a large political element to this.

Ier Congreso Nacional de Software Libre/ Ist National Free Software Congress - Panama City, Panama

in Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, PTY1, Misc

The 1st National Free Software Congress is a three-day event that will be held in Panama City on November 18, 19 and 20. The focus will be on Free Software as a tool for education and business innovation.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Friday, November 20, 2009

Location

Panama City
Panama
17 Feb

CIO.com: 7 Reasons Not to Use Microsoft Outlook for Your Company's E-mail

An article from CIO.com criticizing Outlook with a list of reasons why you shouldn't use it. It's nice to see a plug for some open source offerings and especially pointing out the fact MS/Outlook do not comply to open standards.

Some quotes from the article:
"Outlook 2007 takes a new prize in being extra special slow."

"How can you expect Outlook to follow HTML standards when it doesn't even follow e-mail standards?"

"If you need to support all three of these platforms, then look into Mozilla's free and cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) Thunderbird."

The article is here.