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Prosecutors launch inquest into Government deal with Microsoft

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| Bulgarian prosecutors have launched a probe into the contract Bulgaria has
| signed with US software giant Microsoft for the acquisition of software for
| the needs of the state administration, Dnevnik daily reported on July 1.
|
| The investigation will seek to determine whether any state administration
| employee has committed any malfeasance, which carries a maximum prison
| sentence of five years, Sofia city prosecution spokesperson Steliana
| Kozhouharova told the daily.
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http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/pro...30282/catid_66

Maybe the Man in the Weater took the PM out for slurpee.???????????? Maybe
it's 'another Hungary' where eggs got thrown at Ballmer amid possible
corruption.


Recent:

Steve Ballmer Receives the Egg-treatment in Budapest

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| Update#2: OK, enough of the fun part. As the story circulates people start
| wondering what may be the background, and since the only sources are in
| Hungarian, here’s a summary of the circumstances:
|
| ¬* ¬* A Hungarian Government bid, worth $25B Hungarian Forints, roughly $157M
| ¬* ¬* was allegedly skewed towards MS. (A ‚Äėcompetitive‚Äô bid with wording that
| ¬* ¬* all but ensures only Microsoft meets the requirements.) A Hungarian
| ¬* ¬* Watchdog Body (sort of like the FTC in the US) challenged the bidding
| ¬* ¬* process via the Court system, and a trial date was set for today. The
| ¬* ¬* trial was suddenly and unexpectedly rescheduled just as Ballmer arrived
| ¬* ¬* in Budapest. So there may be a perception of the Bully lobbying there.
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http://www.zoliblog.com/2008/05/19/s...t-in-budapest/


MSOOXML: What Happened in Hungary

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| If you can't do the math, I think the bottom line is, it's looking like
| Microsoft won't let the world say no to OOXML. It couldn't ram it through the
| usual process, with the folks who understand the tech, even with some very
| odd technical committee chairperson goings on. This is the standard that
| couldn't win on merit, in short. ¬* ¬*
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...70902123701843


Microsoft Office raid in Hungary

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| "Such behavior could lead to the exclusion of competitive products from
| the market and violate European Union rules, according to the authority
| known as the GVH."
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http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/...ap3957835.html


BG: 'Government's increasing use of Open Source inevitable'

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| The Bulgarian government will turn more and more to Open Source software,
| predicts Krasimir Panayotov, coordinator of the GNU/Linux User Group in the
| city of Rousse, the country's fifth-largest city.
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7662/469%20


BG: Bulgaria to review its IT strategy, considers Open Source

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| The Bulgarian government organised a meeting with Open Source companies and
| developers on 21 March in Sofia. Nikolay Vassilev, the minister for State
| Administration, told the representatives of software companies, IT services
| companies and Open Source developers that the government is about to review
| the state's IT system and that it wants to get a better understanding of Open
| Source software. The minister admitted he had once worked with Apple
| Macintosh, but had in the last thirteen years only experienced Microsoft
| applications. He told the Open Source advocates he would listen to their
| views on IT: "We have an open mind and will accept reasonable propositions." ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬*
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7548


Related:

Bulgaria's open administration

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| In France, government agency ATICA has supported the use of open software in
| the French public sector. In a special report to the French prime minister,
| the agency provided an action plan and the requirements for open standards.
| One of the six priorities was the use of open software in the public
| administration. Denmark installed StarOffice in its education system, and in
| addition the program was installed in the homes of students. In Spain, the
| senate, the council for nuclear security, the interior ministry and the
| justice ministry have used server applications with open code. These
| examples, however, are only about separate public structures. ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬*
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http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/bul...27087/catid_23


Sofia, Bulgaria: FLOSSWorld Workshop on Free and Open Source Software Policy

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| Professor Ivan Evgueniev at the Technical University of Sofia presented
| the FP6 Open Trusted Computing project, professor Vencislav Trifonov
| also at the Technical University of Sofia presented their e-learning
| system, Mircho Mirev elaborated the activities of the Bulgarian free
| and open source software community through the Linux for Bulgarians
| portal with over 5.000 hits per day.
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http://www.metamorphosis.org.mk/cont...877/4/lang,en/


President praises Open Source conference in Sofia

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| Topics include a presentation on how to configure a thin client
| infrastructure using the Linux Terminal Server Project, an outline on FreeBSD
| and its new network and transport protocols and a discussion on the uses of
| the Cluster File system. ¬*
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http://www.socialniprava.info/article1894.html


European spend on open source software hits 22 billion Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.
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http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/...yid=single7850
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