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Open Source Observatory and Repository for European public administrations Monthly Open Source News Service — 29 August 2008

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This monthly alert keeps you updated on news related to the use of Free/Libre/Open Source software (FLOSS) in the public sector in Europe. It includes the latest FLOSS software-related news, activities, initiatives and insights from across Europe and beyond.

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OSOR launch, World Opensource Conferece in Malaga, Spain
The European Commission Directorate General for Informatics (IDABC) organises its Open Source Software Event 2008 on 20 October. The event will be the official launch of the Open Source Observatory and Repository for European public administrations (, actively supporting the sharing of OSS-based eGovernment applications and experiences across Europe.

Presentations include the OSOR Project, the platform and services, a small panel of FLOSS projects already in partnership with the OSOR. One session is dedicated to a workshop on OSOR Guidelines for public procurement and open source software.

CASE STUDY — this month’s features on Open Source in the European public sector:

Declaration of Independence: The LiMux Project in Munich
The German city of Munich is migrating its computers to open source and GNU/Linux, both on desktops and servers. Rather than lowering IT costs, the main motive is the desire for strategic independence from software suppliers. In May 2008, the city released its Wollmux template management system as open source software under the EUPL on the OSOR platform.

Building networks: The Mancomún project in Galicia, Spain
Started in May 2006 as an initiative of the Galician government, Mancomún is designed to support Galicia’s progress towards the information society. The project promotes growth in the regional ICT sector through the advantages of free software and open standards. For the past two years, the Mancomún portal has been spreading knowledge about open source. The initiative has organised numerous projects such as the translation of free software applications into the local language. Now Mancomún is taking the next step, transforming itself into a regional reference centre for open source.

NEWS — this month’s news on OSOR.EU:

Developers of KDE Open Source desktop to assign copyrights [26 August 2008]

HP: ‘Tool will lessen Open Source licence risks’ [26 August 2008]

ISO announces OOXML approval [19 August 2008]

Report: ‘Six drivers for using Open Source'[19 August 2008]

HU: Hearing on Competition Office complaint over Microsoft deal [07 August 2008]

PL: Ministry of Education recommends Open Source [05 August 2008]

EVENTS — upcoming Free/Libre/Open Source Software events:

PL: Linux boat, Open Source software conference (Lodz, Poland, from Aug 29, 2008 12:00 PM to Aug 31, 2008 12:00 PM)
Linux Boat, an annual conference in Lodz, Poland, is intended for all those who want to learn about Open Source software.

FR: Paris Open Source picnic (Paris, France, from Aug 30, 2008 12:00 AM to Aug 30, 2008 05:00 PM)
Parinux, the Paris Linux User Group, is organising a picnic in the Buttes-Chaumont park in Paris on Saturday 30 August, from noon till five in the afternoon.

PT: Encontro Nacional de OpenSuse / National OpenSuse Meeting (Porto, Portugal, from Sep 06, 2008 10:00 AM to Sep 06, 2008 09:00 PM)
The Portuguese OpenSuse community and the Porto GNU/Linux user group hope the Encontro Nacional de OpenSuse (ENSO) will provide an opportunity for Portuguese users of the OpenSuse GNU/Linux distribution to get together, participate in development community events and get updated on the latest OpenSuse developments.

IT: The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems (Milan, Italy, from Sep 07, 2008 12:05 AM to Sep 10, 2008 12:05 AM)
The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems will provide an international forum for professionals from academia, industry and public administration to share research findings and practical experiences on Open Source.

IT: Launch of Plonegov Italy (Ferrara, Italy, from Sep 16, 2008 09:30 AM to Sep 16, 2008 04:00 PM)
The Italian chapter of Plonegov, an international project to develop Open Source e-government applications using the Plone Open Source content management system, will mark its launch with a one day conference in Ferrara.

NL: Holland Open (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from Sep 18, 2008 12:30 AM to Sep 19, 2008 12:30 AM)

FR: European Opensource Lawyers Event (Paris, France, from Sep 24, 2008 09:00 AM to Sep 24, 2008 09:00 PM)
A conference exclusively dedicated to the legal analysis of the GPLv3, taking place during the Paris Capital du Libre conference in September.

FR: Paris Capitale du Libre (Paris, France, from Sep 25, 2008 12:30 AM to Sep 26, 2008 12:30 AM)
A three-day conference on the strategic, political and economic values of Open Source software will take place in Paris, France, at the end of September.

DK: Open Source Days 2008 (Copenhagen, Denmark, from Oct 03, 2008 12:45 AM to Oct 04, 2008 12:45 AM)
Open Source Days is a 2-day community driven Open Source conference, organised at the IT University of Copenhagen

FR: National day of Open Source (Montpellier, France, from Oct 07, 2008 12:45 AM to Oct 07, 2008 12:45 AM)
Adullact, the French organisation for civil servants using and developing Open Source.

DK: Open Source Forum (Kista, Sweden, from Oct 07, 2008 09:00 AM to Oct 08, 2008 09:00 PM)

FI: Openmind (Tampere, Finland, from Oct 08, 2008 12:10 PM to Oct 09, 2008 12:10 PM)
Openmind is a workshop, organised by COSS, the Finnish Centre for Open Source Solutions. The workshop is part of the Mindtrek conference programme.

FR: Lyon Open Source Software Days (Lyon, France, from Oct 17, 2008 12:35 AM to Oct 19, 2008 12:35 AM)
ALDIL, the Lyon Association for the Open Source software development, is organising a conference, celebrating its ten year anniversary.

SW: FSCONS 2008 (Gothenburg, Sweden, from Oct 24, 2008 12:35 PM to Oct 26, 2008 12:35 PM)
This year’s Fcons, Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit, is taking place at the IT-university in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The organisers promise a wide range of lectures and events, covering kernel design, citizen journalism and licensing in the 21st century.

IT: Linuxday 2008 (Italy, from Oct 25, 2008 09:00 AM to Oct 25, 2008 09:00 PM)
The Italian Linux Society is organising LinuxDay 2008 in several cities around the country. The organisation hopes to increase visibility of GNU/Linux and other Open Source applications.

BG: Openfest (Sofia, Bulgaria, from Oct 27, 2008 12:15 PM to Oct 28, 2008 12:15 PM)
Openfest is an annual conference dedicated to free and open source software, free culture and free knowledge share.

FR: Forum Mondial du Libre (Paris, France, from Dec 01, 2008 09:00 AM to Dec 02, 2008 09:00 PM)

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