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+ - White House petition for free software in schools->

Submitted by gQuigs
gQuigs (913879) writes "There are two days left for it to get 22,000 people. It's not the petition I would have written, but I think it's close enough.

"Each year our educational system wastes billions of dollars for the purchase and support of proprietary operating systems and application software in our schools. The software is rigid and inflexible, opaque in its design and mysterious to our children.

We advocate and propose the gradual replacement of privately owned software with restrictive licensing in favor of open source alternatives with GPL type licenses. In as much as possible we should have our students using software that complies with the definition of free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation.

The GNU/Linux operating system, underlying source code, tools and documentation are readily available to students already. Their use should be encouraged as the tools and code are available cost free.""

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Comment: Lojban (Score 1) 514

by Announ (#42335777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?
Lojban is an engineered language based on predicate logic. Its formal grammar is defined in the YACC language, which is used to describe machine parsers.
It will not help you interact with other people in your work, but if a human language can improve your software development skills, this is it.
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+ - Microsoft stops shipping Office Starter with new PCs->

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nk497
nk497 writes "Microsoft has killed off Office 2010 Starter edition, ahead of the arrival of Windows 8. Office Starter was included in the OEM pre-installation kit (OPK) of software sent to manufacturers, and included ad-supported versions of Word and Excel, but not Outlook or PowerPoint. That will be replaced with an Office 2010 Transition OPK, which will instead push users to download a trial of the Office suite and offer a link to buy the full version. The free Office Web Apps will also be available for users not wanting the full version."
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