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Submission + - White House petition for free software in schools (whitehouse.gov)

gQuigs 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."

Comment Re:Bluetooth? (Score 1) 223

I'm genuinely curious, how would you end up hitting more than 6 keys at once? Maybe flight sims?

Rhythm games.
The hardest songs on O2Jam, for example, would often require you to press more than 6 keys at once.

Also, split screen multiplayer games played on the same keyboard.

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Submission + - Microsoft stops shipping Office Starter with new PCs (pcpro.co.uk)

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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