Down With The Fences! - The Struggle For The Global Commons - May 1st - May
11th

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| Bristol Radical History Group's May events focus on one of the current
| burning issues within our city - the ownership of public space.
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| Hot on the heels of last October’s Radical History Week 2007, Bristol Radical
| History Group return this May with ten days of events dedicated to the
| Commons then and now.
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http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/688248


Recent:

UK: Major cost reduction result of Bristol's switch to Open Standards

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| Bristol City Council's switch to StarOffice in 2005 has led to a major
| reduction of IT costs, says Gavin Beckett, the council's ICT Strategy
| manager. *
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| StarOffice is Sun Microsystems' proprietary suite of office applications,
| which is based on the Open Source OpenOffice. In 2006 Bristol took the
| further step of adopting the ISO-approved Open Document Format (ODF). *
|
| Speaking at a conference on ODF in the Netherlands last month, Beckett said
| that implementing StarOffice for 5,500 desktops in Bristol saved 1.1 million
| GBP (1.4 million euro) in comparison to the total cost of implementing
| Microsoft Office. "The licences for StarOffice cost us 186,000 GBP (243,000
| euro), in comparison to 1.4 million GBP (1.8 million euro) for MS Office." * *
|
| These major savings were offset slightly by extra time needed for
| implementing StarOffice. Implementation cost the city council 484,000 GBP
| (632,000 euro), double the estimate for MS Office. This was due to document
| conversion and training, said the IT Strategy manager. Explaining and
| troubleshooting the new office applications took several months more than
| planned. * *
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7409