Decision on open source in December

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| If the outcome is positive, 10,000 municipality employees will change to open
| source software.

That's right. All government agents.


Mandriva Shows Off 3D Linux Graphics, Opens Benelux Unit

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| In a separate announcement, Mandriva also said last week that it has
| established a company in Belgium called Mandriva Benelux that will be the
| sole means of distributing and supporting Mandriva Linux in Belgium, the
| Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The new unit will be able to ink its own OEM
| agreements to get Mandriva Linux distributed in the region, and will work
| with local educational institutions and governments to spur the adoption of
| Linux and open source software in those three countries. Mandriva's various
| Linux distributions are available in 80 languages and in 140 countries
| through a combination of direct and indirect channels. ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬*

Ten of the biggest Dutch municipalities say 'enough!' to Microsoft

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| Therefore, the conclusion is, open source in the Netherlands goes
| from the bottom to the top. It might have to do with influence: It
| is far easier for companies like Microsoft to influence/lobby the
| 'one' federal government, than it is to influence about 460
| different municipalities. Slowly and a bit hesitant, but surely -
| and rather unstoppable, open source and open standards are making
| its way in the Dutch government.

Large Dutch cities supporting open source

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| Arthur Buijs from the Dutch community just pointed me
| to this Dutch article. According to the article, a number of large
| Dutch cities including Almere, Assen, Eindhoven, Enschede,
| Groningen, Haarlem, Leeuwarden and Nijmegen have decided to
| support open source. The article says that the cities are
| interested in open source because Microsoft software is being
| perceived as expensive and the software does not not work well
| together with competitive products on other platforms.
| [...]
| Here is the full article: A large number of big cities don't want
| to be dependent of Microsoft anymore. Together they have 1.2 million
| inhabitants. They demand open source software from their suppliers.
| Almost all desktops run Microsoft Windows and also have word
| processors and spreadsheets made by the American software giant
| installed. It has been some time that counties - and not only in
| the Netherlands - try to be less dependent of Microsoft. For some
| time there have been very good alternative programs. Some are even
| free of charge. In real life, they are rarely used because
| ict-companies do not support them. Attempts to force them have run
| into problems with European legislation. Eight large Dutch counties
| have now taken the first step by publishing a manifest calling on
| ict-companies to support open source. In fact Almere, Assen,
| Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, Haarlem, Leeuwarden and Nijmegen are
| giving a message to these suppliers, saying they don't stand a chance
| getting major orders if they don't comply. Some of these counties
| have already dumped their suppliers for that reason. The software
| of Microsoft - and some other leading (database) companies - is not
| only expensive. Another problem is that their data is not exchangable
| with competitors programs. These software giants also invent new
| standards, forcing their clients to buy new software and convert
| their data to those new standards. Dutch government promotes the
| use of open standards and open source by their Ososs program. A
| spokesman of Ososs says the action of these counties is a true
| breakthrough for open source software.

Dutch consumer chief puts Apple through the mill

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| The Netherlands has joined Scandinavian led action
| against Apple's digital rights management lock on
| its iPod device and iTunes software.

ITC's GIS software ILWIS migrates to open source ┬*

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| In order to create better opportunities for the reuse and
| deployment of GIS functionality in a wider community, the
| ITC directorate has recently decided to make current ILWIS
| software free of charge and to migrate it as such to open
| source software under the 52┬░North initiative.

Announcement: MCNLive "VirtualCity" Final

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| Designed to run from a 512 MB USB Flash Drive or from CD this new
| version comes bundled with VirtualBox OSE, an easy to use
| virtualisation software which let you run virtual machines at almost native
| speed. It seems that Mandriva 2007 and VirtualBox are a dream team. Create
| 'Virtual Machines', run existing VM's from your hard disk. Use this Live CD
| (or Live USB) in combination with a USB hard drive, packed with your
| favorite operating systems. The perfect mobile solution. Or just use it to
| discover what this virtualisation is all about.

Nonux 4.1 Relased (Dutch)

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| 28-01-2006: De Nonux 4.1 CD is beschikbaar. Deze bevat onder andere een
| nieuwe Linux kernel, nieuwe versies van en Firefox en
| vereenvoudigd beheer van draadloze netwerkverbindingen (WiFi).

New thin client series runs Linux

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| Acropolis updated its Linux-based thin-client OS earlier this month.
| Its NLX (New LinuX) 5 OS is based on Debian, and is available on an
| IDE flash plug-in module suitable for turning old PCs into modern
| thin clients.

Dutch open source language project gets official certification

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| According to Brouwer, more than 10 Dutch and Belgian volunteers, including
| linguists, harvested words from various sources to create the list. "These
| are people who like to be engaged in language and are supporters of the open
| source software model." In January, the project published a beta version of
| its language files, which got a lot of attention in the Dutch language area.
| The current word list includes more than 140,000 entries. ┬* ┬*

Linux STB used in award-winning eldercare product

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| Dutch telecom operator and Internet service provider KPN has
| bestowed an award for innovation on DataBalk's ZorgTV
| ("CareTV" in English) product. The product is based on
| Amino's Linux-based Aminet110 set-top box (pictured at
| left), and aims to help elderly people "stay independent"
| longer, according to DataBalk.