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#1 2012-04-01 01:15:47

itsbrad212
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Linux migration petition (US residents)

In response to this, I have created a petition to the White House to migrate a large number of systems in a variety of different government sectors to Linux.

You can read/sign the petition here:
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/! … t/dNz5ybFS

I would also appreciate it if this were spread to other Linux forums and communities. smile

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#2 2012-04-01 01:35:03

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Great site.
I don't live in USA and not a citizen too, I 'm able to fill the petition.
Glad that I 'm the second.


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#3 2012-04-01 01:45:02

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

You've set a mighty lofty goal to get that many signatures in a month. I'll post this to Gentoo's forums as well though to try and spread the word. I imagine there's many more than 25k US citizens among the two communities, so it's doable I suppose.


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#4 2012-04-01 01:49:49

itsbrad212
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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

iv597 wrote:

You've set a mighty lofty goal to get that many signatures in a month. I'll post this to Gentoo's forums as well though to try and spread the word. I imagine there's many more than 25k US citizens among the two communities, so it's doable I suppose.

It's actually a requirement set by the White House, I had no say in the number. The UK's site actually requires 100k, so I'd say we're a bit luckier in that sense. Thanks for spreading it around!

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#5 2012-04-01 03:16:47

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Good petition. Signed and shared. I hope this gets somewhere.

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#6 2012-04-01 11:42:19

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Done and done. Don't care if it's only for US citizen only big_smile


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#7 2012-04-01 12:22:05

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

I've posted details over at the Ubuntu forums for you. I'll take care of Debian forums, LQ and Mint too smile


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#8 2012-04-01 23:23:34

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Just posted this to /r/technology

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#9 2012-04-02 06:51:32

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

In 4chan's request section?

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#10 2012-04-02 13:02:58

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

15th signaure


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#11 2012-04-02 15:19:59

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

14th - shared on g+


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#12 2012-04-02 15:58:32

jgreen1tc
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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Awebb wrote:

In 4chan's request section?

reddit.com/r/technology

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#13 2012-04-02 16:49:27

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

jgreen1tc wrote:
Awebb wrote:

In 4chan's request section?

reddit.com/r/technology

He was trolling tongue

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#14 2012-04-02 19:47:53

jgreen1tc
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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

x33a wrote:
jgreen1tc wrote:
Awebb wrote:

In 4chan's request section?

reddit.com/r/technology

He was trolling tongue

ahhhhhhh...gotcha.

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#15 2012-04-02 20:50:37

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

I don't get it.
If migrating would actually save money on a reasonable time scale (i.e., during a single administration), they would do it without a petition.
It seems that the issue should not be about how expensive, but rather how secure it is to have the government running closed, private systems.

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#16 2012-04-04 06:21:00

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Signed... I seem to be only the 19th though. I am going to post this on the Ubuntu forums to try to rope in more signatures.

EDIT: Done. Pray it flies!

EDIT2:

The issue is deeper than merely financial - time and again government systems running on Windows have been compromized by worms/trojans:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_cyber … ted_States

This notorious agent.btz worm apparently still exists, plaguing military systems:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/ … TB20110617

And the root cause of this continues to be an exploitable, closed source OS.

Maybe the petition should be edited with these details to also underscore the security issue?

Last edited by manzdagratiano (2012-04-04 07:33:27)


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#17 2012-04-04 20:47:11

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

Roken wrote:

I've posted details over at the Ubuntu forums for you. I'll take care of Debian forums, LQ and Mint too smile

I saw this too late... Oh well, the more the merrier!


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#18 2012-04-15 20:15:27

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Re: Linux migration petition (US residents)

I signed it today, and I'll do what I can to spread the word.

I certainly agree that it would be nice if government (and industry) would break its bondage to Microsoft. To me, it does seem to be both an unjustified cost as well as a security threat.

To their credit, Microsoft did at least switch to an open source document format. In theory, this should make it possible to switch to a new productivity suite without too much effort on the part of the user. However, it still doesn't seem possible to use Libre Office (or even Apple iWork) to reliably view and modify documents created with MS Office. I don't know if this is foul play on Microsoft's side, or if there is some ambiguity in the definition of the open source format used by Microsoft, or if perhaps some of the fonts and other elements used by MS Office are still proprietary? Until this issue gets sorted out, the moment we click "save" in an MS Office application we're implicitly signing a contract with Microsoft saying that we'll continue to use their products.

EDIT: Fixed some silly grammatical errors... Do'h

Last edited by bsilbaugh (2012-04-15 20:18:14)


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