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Open Source Reaches the Mainstream

July 9th, 2005 Benjamin Horst

FTP Online announces its opinion that open source has become mainstream.

“Linux has made serious inroads into the financial sector, if testimonials from LinuxWorld Summit are anything to go by. As reported by eWeek, a panel of enterprise Linux users, drawn primarily from the outfits that handle very impressive revenue streams, were united in their opinion that switching to Linux yielded huge cost savings and stability. The CTO of a worldwide travel company said that their Linux system ran three times faster and was 90 percent cheaper than the Unix mainframe had been.”

BBC: “How schools can get free software”

July 8th, 2005 Benjamin Horst

Parrs Wood High School in south Manchester, UK, is making a gradual move to open source software, according to the BBC.

“Schools using open source software can develop their information and communication technology (ICT) as they think best, without worrying about software costs and licensing because OSS is usually free.

The software a school needs to keep its computer network running and secure, send and receive e-mail, access the internet, protect users from viruses, spam and unsuitable content and carry out office tasks such as word processing is all available free by using OSS…

The schools get a service second to none, at a price they can afford. Expertise is shared without any interference from software vendors.” Newsletter – June 2005

July 6th, 2005 Benjamin Horst

The June 2005 newsletter is online.

The issue covers a number of success stories and links to many articles discussing OpenOffice or reviewing it against its Microsoft Office competitor (it does very well in this juxtaposition). For example, from The Times (UK): Give Office the push.

Also, Poynter Online: Trying OpenOffice.

Downloads of OpenOffice from the project’s website have topped 42 million. Extensions

July 1st, 2005 Benjamin Horst

On NewsForge, Marco Fioretti proposes a method for improving the creation and distribution of extensions.