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350,000 Linux (Virtual) Desktops Land In Brazil 109

Posted by timothy
from the rip-helio-gracie dept.
xufem writes "Millions of Brazilian schoolchildren will soon be 'brought up right' running Linux on over 350,000 seats each using PC sharing hardware and software from Userful and KDE. This is world's largest virtual desktop deployment and probably also the world's largest Linux deployment, and seems to have been selected over OLPC by Brazil. Definitely a moment to celebrate — and just in time for Brazilian Carnival which starts tomorrow!"
Democrats

+ - Democratic Party to exclude GNU/Linux users 2

Submitted by questro
questro (802656) writes "I am a registered democrat with plans to vote for Barack Obama this fall and I am saddened to see that the Democratic convention intends to use restrictive technology that will exclude me and many others from viewing the online content of the convention. I have recently read of plans by Aaron Myers, the DNCC's director of online communications, to use a proprietary Microsoft product called "Silverlight" for video streaming. The article can be found at this URL: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,146806-page,3-c,webservices/article.html# This technology will purposefully EXCLUDE millions of democrats and others who choose to use the free and open source GNU/Linux operating system. "Silverlight" is not compatible with GNU/Linux and is only available for Win32 or Mac. While Microsoft touts a product called "Moonlight" for GNU/Linux, it is not the same technology and contains a restrictive license that is incompatible with many GNU/Linux distributions. This is by Microsoft's design. Even Senator Obama understands the value of using the free and open source GNU/Linux system as evidenced by the fact that www.barackobama.com is hosted by a Linux system according to Netcraft. http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=www.barackobama.com I urge the Democratic Party to reconsider this technology choice before millions of citizens are excluded."

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