I had just been reading an article at http://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/2008/shareware.html when I came across Zorin O/S being sold on Ebay, nothing wrong with that until you look at the conditions. So as I see it the producers of Zorin O/S and probably many more are in violation of the requirement not to restrict access to software unless a fee is paid. Notice how Zorin require another donation if you want to update to the latest release..
From their website;
“How much does Zorin OS cost and how do I get it?
The Core, Lite and Educational versions are available to download for free from the Free download page. The Premium versions (Business, Gaming, Multimedia and Ultimate) are available in exchange for a donation on the Premium page for a physical DVD or a download. ”
“If I got an older version of one of the Zorin OS Premium releases would I get a free upgrade to the newer version?
You will have to either donate for a new physical DVD from the Premium page or a Download of it (see above) to upgrade to a newer version of your Premium release. “
The way I read this article they are suggesting Open Source software is more vunerable to malware than Proprietory software, er, sorry but that is one of the most ill informed comment’s I have had the misfortune to read. Based on that premise Microsoft Windows must have a better history of security than say Linux for example. As anybody who has ever done the slightest bit of research into O/S security would know, that quite simply isn’t the case so I can only assume the author of the article did no research what so ever.
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I think Brian Chen may be just winding us up in this article where he complains about Open Source/FREE software not being compatible with MS Office formats. Now even I know that Microsoft’s version of a document standard is completely different to every one else’s, so what is needed is Microsoft to make MS Office compatible with the Open Document standard.
Come on Brian there are enough people trolling Linux users without you taking a cheap shot across the bow as well.
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Digital Tipping Point do a fantastic job of documenting the FREE Open Source scene, exloring in depth the concept of sharing in the community. Watch some of the footage HERE.
If you pop over to HeliOS and read this article you could be forgiven for thinking its a wind up, unfortunately not. Teachers face a hard enough time already without this idiotic women spreading falsehoods and making teachers look ignorant. She needs to write a public apology to the kids and familys involved or lose her job. If that is the best we can show our children we have failed. Oh it makes me so mad, as they said in Monty Python.