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+ - What do you REALLY think about MS vs Open Source?->

Submitted by psychgeek
psychgeek (838231) writes "What people believe and what they think they believe can sometimes be very different things. The Implicit Association Test is a tool that psychologists use to measure this type of hidden, unconcious bias and prejudice. Project Implicit, at Harvard university, provides a website with an online version of the Impicit Association Test that you can use to measure your own subconcious associations, and the current "featured" test is "Microsoft vs. Open Source". It would be interesting to know how many slashdotters really feel what they think they do — do you really believe in FOSS, or are you just here for the Kool-Aid?"
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Linux Business

+ - Venezula to produce its own Linux PCs->

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christian.einfeldt writes "The Venezuelan Government announced the roll-out of four different models of Linux-powered consumer computers, consisting of three desktop models and one notebook model. Brand-named "Bolivarian Computers", these computers will be will be produced by a joint venture of a Chinese company named Lang Chao and the Venezuelan Ministry of Light Industry and Commerce. The goal of the project is to jump start a domestic IT industry and become an IT exporter. According to Chris Carlson of Venezuelanalysis.com,

'Until now Venezuela has always imported computers both from well-known brands and generic brands from the developed world. With this new venture the Venezuelan government hopes to diversify national production, integrate national productive chains, and work towards technological independence for the country.'
The computers will first be assembled in Venezula out of Chinese-built parts, but the joint venture plans on substituting domestic-made parts by the end of the year."

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