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Quebec broke law in buying Microsoft software
Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 11:00 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Justice Quebec's government broke the law by buying software from Microsoft without considering offers from other vendors, the province's Superior Court has ruled.

The decision was in regards to a suit filed in March 2008 by Savoir Faire Linux, a small Montreal-based firm that deals in open-source software.

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A Linux consulting company is suing the Gouvernement du Québec
Thursday, March 11 2010 @ 11:08 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 71,030
Justice First of all sorry, but most of the information is in french. So to make it quick, the Régie des Rentes du Québec (Social insurance program) migrated all of their workstation from Windows XP to Vista and upgraded Microsoft Office to 2007. Savoir-faire Linux, a Montreal based compay specializes in free software services. Savoir-faire Linux has made several requests to the Régie des rentes du Québec but the organisation is maintaining its decision to renew their software without launching a call for tenders. Savoir-faire Linux is now calling upon the courts to declare that the Régie cannot proceed in this manner and that it must give all suppliers, including free software suppliers, the chance to bid.

Changing IT in Education
Saturday, April 25 2009 @ 03:31 PM CST
Contributed by: pogson
Views:: 71,380
Linux For years education has been using what everyone uses for IT, that other OS on thick clients. It doesn't work for education because IT is seen as an expense to be minimized rather than a means to generate revenue. Education can use IT to do the things that are best done with IT:

Response to the GC RFI on "No Charge Licence Software"
Sunday, February 22 2009 @ 03:37 PM CST
Contributed by: pogson
Views:: 127,478
Open Source Response to the Government of Canada's RFI - NO CHARGE LICENSED SOFTWARE Response to the Government of Canada's RFI - NO CHARGE LICENSED SOFTWARERobert Pogson2009-2-7 Abstract: In response to this RFI, it is proposed to deal with “NO CHARGE LICENSED SOFTWARE” in two streams:

• Free Software which the government is free to use, examine source code, modify source code and to distribute changes including source code

• Non-Free Software which may have a no-cost licence but which does not allow copying, examination of source code or distribution.

Free and Non-Free Software have different technological risks, levels of reliability and flexibility. The Government should respect these differences to make the best use of information technology.

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No news is good news
Monday, January 19 2009 @ 05:57 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 71,542
General News The site is still alive, but not much is going on.

AliXe 0.11b -- Linux Bilingue Québecois
Thursday, January 03 2008 @ 11:34 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 71,136
Linux Over the past year or two I’ve been drifting away from Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva towards distros derived from Slackware for desktop use. The reason is simple: these distributions tend to have the best performance I’ve found, particularly on older or limited hardware. Slackware itself lacks some graphical tools and user friendly features that more popular distros have but is outstanding in terms of stability and reliability. A number of Slackware derived distros retain those benefits while offering the ease of use many of us have come to expect. AliXe is such a distro, albeit one designed to be small and compact, making it particularly suitable for older hardware. True to it’s Canadian heritage, AliXe also offers full support for both French and English despite it’s small size.

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Canadian banks put the brakes on open source
Wednesday, July 11 2007 @ 01:08 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 71,681
Open Source From

Linux-based and Unix-based apps are becoming commonplace in the enterprise, but some sectors are still holding out. IDC and Info-Tech explain why our financial institutions are reluctant to take the plunge. Also: a consultant tells us where they could be missing out

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Overwhelming opposition to adoption of OOXML as standard, Canada wants ODF
Saturday, May 26 2007 @ 10:55 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 72,030
General News From LXer:

The Standards Council of Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to adopt Office Open XML (Open XML or OOXML) as an international standard. So far there are over 130 comments to this proposal and the message is clear. People don't want OOXML.

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The open source attitude
Monday, April 02 2007 @ 07:33 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 76,367
Open Source From

Open source has always been the underdog on the software scene, but it continues to draw intense interest from users and vendors alike in North America. Users want to avoid vendor lock-in and are attracted to potential cost savings. And vendors and value-added resellers see opportunities for innovation in the software market

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Saskatchewan to provide free wireless Internet access
Monday, February 26 2007 @ 12:10 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 77,639
General News Residents and visitors to the downtown business districts and post-secondary institutions of Saskatchewan’s four largest centres will soon be able to access the country’s largest wireless Internet network, free-of-charge. Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister responsible for Information Technology Andrew Thomson made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

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