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+ - Munich Council say talk of LiMux demise is greatly exaggerated->

Submitted by ndogg
ndogg (158021) writes "The rumors of Munich city going back to Microsoft seem to have been greatly exaggerated. There was a review of the city's IT systems that was called for by the mayor, but it wasn't solely just to decide on whether to move back to Microsoft. And while there have been complaints about LiMux, they mostly seem to concern compatibility with, which may well be resolved by switching to LibreOffice."
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+ - IRS denies non-profit status to open source group->

Submitted by ndogg
ndogg (158021) writes "The IRS has denied the non-profit status of Yorba, which develops Shotwell and Geary, stating, “You have a substantial nonexempt purpose because you develop software published under open source compatible licenses that authorize use by any person for any purpose, including nonexempt purposes such as commercial, recreational, or personal purposes, including campaign intervention and lobbying.”"
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Comment: Re:Not malicious but not honest? (Score 1) 447

by ndogg (#46730149) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

To a certain extent, you're right, but open source lives and breaths on its reputation, and I'm fairly certain that the coders behind OpenSSL are employed somewhere in their capacity to actually write code. I'm not certain that they're necessarily employed to write OpenSSL code, but it wouldn't surprise me. On top of that, many employers of open source developers often offer paid support for what their employees are coding up.

And so to the extent of their reputation, and any paid support provided, they will be held to account.

+ - Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Over at Microsoft on the Issues, Microsoft continues to lament the computer programming skills gap of American kids, while simultaneously lobbying for more H-1B visas to fill that gap. Saying that states must do more to "help students gain critical 21st century skills," Microsoft credits itself and partner for getting 30,606,732 students to experience coding through the Hour of Code, claiming that K-12 kids have "written 1,332,784,839 lines of code" (i.e., dragged-and-dropped puzzle pieces), So, if it's concerned about helping students gain programming skills, shouldn't Microsoft be donating fully-functional desktop versions of MS-Office to schools, which would allow kids to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)? While Microsoft's pledge to give 12 million copies of its Office software to schools was heralded by the White House and the press, a review of the "fine print" at Microsoft suggests it's actually the online VBA-free version of Office 365 Education that the kids will be getting, unless their schools qualify for the Student Advantage program by purchasing Office for the faculty and staff. Since Microsoft supported President Obama's call for kids to "Don't Just Play on Your Phone, Program It", shouldn't it give kids the chance to program MS-Office, too?"

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by ndogg (#46655467) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Did he mention anywhere that he's apologized for what he did?

Did he mention anywhere that he's changed his position?

Did mention anywhere that he would try to make up for what he did in the past?

I'm pretty sure he didn't do any of that. Sure, he said that Mozilla would continue to be inclusive, but he said nothing about his own views.

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