Teachers explain why they’re ditching iPads for “much more useful” Chromebooks

As popular as the iPad has been for end consumers, schools have also been a major part of the tablet’s success. Ever since Apple launched the iPad in 2010, schools all over the country have experimented with placing them in classrooms or giving them to students to bring home with them. The Atlantic reports that although many institutions were initially satisfied with the results, many are now beginning to see the potential upshot of affordable laptops over expensive tablets.

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Russian Ministry of Health to Replace Microsoft and Oracle Products with Linux and PostgreSQL

The Russian government is considering the replacement of Microsoft and Oracle products with Linux and open source counterparts, at least for the Ministry of Health.

Russia has been slapped with a large number of sanctions by the European Union and the United States, which means that they are going to respond. One of the ways they can do that is by stopping the authorities from buying Microsoft licenses or prolonging existing ones.

According to a report published on gov.cnews.ru, the official website of the Russian government, the Ministry of Health intends to abandon all the proprietary software provided by Oracle and Microsoft and replace it with open source software.

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Google Confirms That Chromebooks Are Selling Well in Schools

While market predictions for PCs have been generally bleak, Chromebooks–portable computers based on Google’s Chrome OS platform–have been doing well in sales terms. That’s especially true in schools, where many districts are purchasing the low cost systems that run cloud applications for students to use.

As a matter of fact, if Chromebooks continue to sell well in school districts, a generation of students might emerge that is more comfortable running applications in the cloud than running local ones.

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Major South Korean Pharmaceutical Company Ditches Windows for Ubuntu

South Korea has been very friendly with Microsoft and its products, so it’s understandable why succeeding in that country with an open source product would be very difficult. Canonical is now trying to make a dent there with its Ubuntu operating system.

Canonical published some very interesting details about a South Korean company called Bukwang Pharmaceuticals, which ditched most of its Windows OSes for Ubuntu and saved a lot of money. On top of the obvious savings, it also got a lot of good press, and other businesses found out that it can be done.

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Zorin OS 9 – Linux for Windows users


This will be my third review of the core version of Zorin OS.

I first reviewed Zorin 6 in July 2012 and looking back on that review it is clear that my posts were much shorter then than they are today.

One of the questions asked in that review was whether there was enough space for Zorin OS as it occupied similar space to Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Zorin has survived a further two years since then but I find myself asking the same question because if anything there are more and more distributions with very similar offerings. Off the top of my head there is Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Netrunner, Kubuntu and PCLinuxOS.

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Jim Zemlin to Wall Street: Why open source will lead the way

New York, NY: At the invitation only Linux Enterprise End-User Summit held at the Convene Center Financial District, Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation‘s executive director, told an audience of several hundred Wall Street executives and top Linux developers what he sees as the future of technology.

If the combination of Wall Street bears and bulls and Linux programmers seems odd, then you haven’t been paying attention. The New York Stock Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange, and NASDAQ all run on Linux. Indeed, almost all stock exchanges now rely on Linux.

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Will New York City Embrace Open Source Code?

New York City is on the cusp of a complete overhaul on how software is purchased and distributed by public agencies in the Big Apple.

Benjamin Kallos, a council member representing Gotham’s Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, has authored legislation that mandates a preference for using free and open source software and computer code for city IT projects. Another bill establishes a code-sharing portal for agencies to share that open source software with each other.

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Linux Has Too Few Distributions and Desktop Environments

The Linux platform is actually the base for a multitude of operating systems, but a part of the community feels that there are too many distributions. The truth is that there are probably too few of them.

One of the points of contention that usually arise in the Linux community is the fact that there seem to be too many Linux distributions and too many desktop environments. If we were to compare Linux with any other platform that would be true, but such a comparison would be incorrect.

Linux is the only platform that allows this kind of freedom, so making a comparison with other operating systems is actually incorrect because they do not incorporate the same kind of philosophy and openness.

My point is that even if Linux seems to be the home of many operating systems and desktop environments, the reality is that, in fact, there aren’t actually enough. The reason why I pick OSes and desktop environments is because they are the most visible, but the same is true for any other component.

Whenever a developer releases a new piece of technology, either their own or forked from other projects, there is always someone who figuratively stands up and blames the developer for putting forward “yet another” identical project with no future.

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Open source productivity suite OpenOffice reaches 100 million downloads in less than two years

Apache Software Foundation has announced that OpenOffice has passed the milestone of 100 million downloads in less than two years since it became one of the main projects of the foundation.

The productivity suite is composed of six applications and is available in over 120 languages ​​on Windows, Mac and Linux. OpenOffice can be downloaded fromSourceForge or from the Apache OpenOffice website, where users can find a store with more than 750 extensions and over 2,800 templates.

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Huge Chromebook sales growth. Will 2019 be the year of the Linux desktop?

The Chromebook platform goes from strength to strength. Market researchers say they’re selling faster than ever, predicting 11 million sales (in… err… 2019).

And it’s not just consumers buying them. Some enterprises are choosing to move most of their Windows users to Chrome OS — motivated by the XP end-of-life and cost savings.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the wisdom of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in the enterprise.

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