A City Without Windows – Nineteen Year Old Candidate Wants to Make
This "Vision" Happen with Linux

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| That's what Mayoral candidate Ryan Kopf, 19, of Muscatine wants to see
| happen. Kopf, who runs a campaign focused on bringing more open source
| software into the city government, wants to see more Linux and other open
| source operating systems being used.
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http://www.pr.com/press-release/58335

This is already happening in Korea (see below).


Related:

First phase of Korea's open-source city is high success

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| Following the trend of open source adaptation in major cities worldwide,
| one of the major Korean cities, Gwangju Metropolitan City, successfully
| jumped onto the open source transition, receiving spotlight from related
| industry.
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http://www.zdnet.co.kr/etc/eyeon/ent...9154182,00.htm


The cost of monoculture

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| Korea will only get beyond this problem by 1) applying Korean laws
| on open standards to the certificate authorities, 2) reassigning new
| certificates which work with open web standards to all Koreans, 3)
| reprogramming all Korean websites to support 128 bit SSL which will
| allow for a heterogeneous marketplace of operating systems and web
| browsers. This is a herculean task and thus Korea stays hostage to
| Redmond.
|
| Fascinating history. Unintended consequences and de-facto monopolies
| create costs too high to calculate and must be borne without question.
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http://www.kanai.net/weblog/archive/...h53m55s#003095


Consumers in No Hurry for Vista Upgrade

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| In a survey of 4,144 members of Danawa.com, a price comparison site,
| only 14 percent of respondents said that they will immediately upgrade
| to the Vista platform when Microsoft releases it on January 30.
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http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/biz/...8214111890.htm


Korean government warns against Vista upgrade

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| The Ministry of Information and Communication said that it wished it
| could tell a private company like Microsoft to postpone the release
| of Vista, but it can't. The best thing, an official said, was not to
| install Vista before you know what you're getting into.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37159


Korean court rebuffs Microsoft in patents case

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| Microsoft has taken another slap from the authorities in Korea, after
| a court decision in a patent dispure raised the prospect of Officeb
| eing taken off the shelves in the country.
|
| Microsoft said it was continuing to dispute the patent's validity.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/27/ms_korea_court/


Consumers in No Hurry for Vista Upgrade

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| In a survey of 4,144 members of Danawa.com, a price comparison site,
| only 14 percent of respondents said that they will immediately upgrade
| to the Vista platform when Microsoft releases it on January 30.
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http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/biz/...8214111890.htm


Haansoft Teams Up with Redgate, Targets Linux Market in Asia

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| Haansoft said on Wednesday that it had teamed up with domestic
| security firm Redgate to reinforce security for 'Asianux.'
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http://english.etnews.co.kr/news/det...d=200701110004


Is MS Overcharging Koreans for Vistas?

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| Microsoft?s Windows Vista program is selling in South Korea at
| prices up to 70 percent higher than in the United States or
| Japan, with Microsoft blaming Korea's immature market
| for the price difference.
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http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/2007...8202953460.htm


South Korea's ETRI develops advanced Linux desktop search system, puts end to
erroneous results

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| On 21st, South Korean R&D firm ETRI announced that they have developed new
| Linux desktop search system, 'antbear'. The antbear can analyze and run
| advanced text searches, producing more accurate results by precisely
| analyzing the search words.
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http://www.zdnet.co.kr/etc/eyeon/int...9154048,00.htm


An open source development project 'Winter of Code' just got launched!

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| Soonseon Kwon, who runs KLDP (Korean Linux Documentation Project)
| said, "This is the first ever open source event in Korea and I hope
| it will serve as a good opportunity to promote the open source to
| Korean students. I also hope that both the students and resulting
| projects can put a positive effect on the open source community."
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http://www.zdnet.co.kr/etc/eyeon/ent...9153660,00.htm


'Genome Project' Led by Open Source HPC

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| The BLAST tool module is highly compatible to run on Linux
| platform with advantage of considerably faster result compared
| to running on other platform.
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http://www.zdnet.co.kr/etc/eyeon/ent...9153485,00.htm


Army Considers Shift to Open-Source Programs

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| Following the trend of the nation's government agencies, universities
| and post offices, the South Korean military is considering jumping onto
| the open-source bandwagon.
|
| Open source refers to programs, of which source codes are available for
| use or modification by anyone. The codes are not owned by an individual
| or company.
|
| [...]
|
| The Army has shown interest in open-source programs, such as Linux, over
| the past few years, and it began two pilot runs with Linux recently.
|
| It plans to invest up to 400 million won this year to build an education
| center for open-source software and establish systems to run war-game
| simulations based on Linux.
|
| In addition, Army computer officials met with Linux experts at the
| state-backed Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA) late last month
| to delve into the feasibility of its Linux scheme.
|
| "At the request of the Army, we visited them to explain Linux in late
| August," a KIPA official said. "We hope it deploys Linux as its main
| operating system."
|
| "If the Army that puts security and stability first selects Linux, it
| would provide momentum for the country's open-source initiative since
| the decision would assure people of the reliability of Linux," he added.
|
| Linux is free software that offers an alternative operating system to
| the closed-door Windows operating program owned by Microsoft, which
| today dominates the global market.
|
| The Korean government is working to reduce its reliance on Windows by
| strengthening the presence of Linux and other open-source programs.
|
| Korea Post, the country's postal service provider, last year started a
| four-year program to install a Linux-based operating system on thousands
| of PCs in its nationwide branches.
|
| A new online information system for schools, dubbed the National
| Education Information System, also opted to use Linux-powered platforms
| on its 2,331 servers last year.
|
| In addition, earlier this year, the government designated Kwangju City as
| a Linux city and the Gangwon Provincial University as a Linux university.
| The two organizations have installed open-source software as their primary
| operating systems.
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http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/2006...7155210440.htm