Former government CIO vocal about open source

Posted on: March 14, 2006 - 23:41 By: carl

This is an article in the Australian Computer world about Peter Quinn, the erstwhile CIO of the State Government of Massachusetts and one of the chief proponents of the move to the Open Document Format.

The excellent news is that he is scheduled to speak at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conf & Expo in Sydney. This would be a really great session to attend coming from someone who was definately in the front lines.

Get over there if you can.

Postgres success story

Posted on: March 14, 2006 - 12:31 By: pcreso

The message below is copied from a Postgresql mailing list. A vote of confidence in Open Source.

Brent Wood

The Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) of the Wisconsin Court System has migrated to PostgreSQL for all of its Circuit Court web operations. Eight production databases have been converted, six of them around 180 GB each, holding statewide information replicated real-time from 72 county databases. The central copies support audit functions, statewide statistics and report generation, and this web site:

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/

Given the success of this effort, we expect to be converting the other court databases to PostgreSQL.

$15m for e-education

Posted on: March 12, 2006 - 09:28 By: carl

Good to see some of that heading towards an Open Source project in this article on stuff. Some of the money is earmarked for the OSVLE and modules for Moodle. Interestingly one of the recipients is Telford Rural PolyTech. They were mentioned at the GOVIS OSS as one of the organisations who couldn't afford to participate in any proprietary e-learning environment and had recently set up a Moodle based system. Nice to see that they are looking developing modules themselves. That's what community is about.

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