BE: French parliament Brussels considering more Open Source

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| The French-speaking Brussels Parliament (PFB) is considering to increase its
| use of Open Source, said Joël Tournemenne, director of the parliament's IT
| department, without giving more details.


Photos: Prince of Belgium visits Microsoft

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| As home to the European Commission, Belgium has primarily been linked to
| Microsoft through the various antitrust investigations into the company's
| business practices. There was no direct mention of those issues in the public
| remarks by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after he met with Prince Philippe and
| Belgian officials. Speaking to a large group of Belgian media, Ballmer said
| they discussed the tech industry in Belgium and the possibility of "extended
| collaboration" between Microsoft and Belgian companies, in areas including
| health-care technology. Ballmer cited the possibility of a follow-up
| discussion when he visits Brussels in April. * * * *


Gates blackmailed Danish government

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| Microsoft boss Bill Gates threatened to kill 800 Danish jobs if
| Denmark opposed the European Computer Implemented Inventions
| Directive, reports today's Danish financial daily Børsen,
| quoted by

Belgium Government Deploys IONA's Open Source FUSE(TM) ESB

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| The system which was developed with ETNIC, the information technology agency
| of the Belgium French community, is using IONA's FUSE ESB (Enterprise Service
| Bus) to integrate the multiple applications, servers and databases to
| facilitate real-time registration and validation of over one million student
| records. * *

Intalio's open source suite used for Belgium schools

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| Intalio Inc. said Monday its open source business process management suite
| has been deployed by the Belgium Ministry of Education to manage more than
| one million student records.

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.

Adult coaching in Open Source in Belgium

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| Our school has always maintained high standards and is proud to
| present itself as the only school in Belgium where beginners and
| experts can learn Linux.
| Subjects include Linux Initiation, Sendmail, Samba, Apache, PHP.
| Of course we do not forget, Firefox,
| Evolution/Kmail or Thunderbird.

Governments slammed for anti-competitive software tendering practices

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| A leading Australian open source advocate has called for an end for to
| tender lock-outs of competitors to Microsoft, claiming the practice
| is costing Australian taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each
| year.

Feds revise IT procurement model

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| The federal government has launched version two of the SourceIT
| model contracts and user notes aimed at simplifying procurement of
| information technology 12 months after the first version.