Open Source

Ministry of Education approves open source software for schools

OSOROpen source can be used to teach computer science classes to secondary school pupils, Latvia's ministry of Education announced on Tuesday. The ministry bases its conclusion on the work of a group of experts, industry association representatives, ministry officials and school representatives. The group in August started looking for open source applications that could be used for computer science classes. According to the group open source software will be able to fulfil all requirements of the computer education curriculum in primary and secondary schools. ...
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Wireless Phones Can Affect The Brain, Swedish Study Suggests

A study at Örebro University in Sweden indicates that mobile phones and other cordless telephones have a biological effect on the brain. It is still too early to say if any health risks are involved, but medical researcher Fredrik Söderqvist recommends caution in the use of these phones, above all among children and adolescents. Few children who regularly use mobile phones use a headset often or always, even though the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority recommends this. ...
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FSFE in battle for European interoperability

FSFEFSFE has unleashed an advocacy push in order to prevent the European Commission from hollowing out an important European reference document on interoperability. A draft for a new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) leaked to the press last week. Where the current version strongly encourages the public sector to use Free Software and Open Standards, the draft threatens to replace this with meaningless statements which leave the European public sector at the mercy of proprietary software vendors. ...