ArsTechnica - Glyn Moody - Linux is 24 years old today. In 1996, he told me how it all started.
Many people have read that post by Linus Torvalds in the comp.os.minix newsgroup on Usenet, or at least heard about it. Many more are aware of how that (free) operating system ended up taking over vast swathes of the computing world, and becoming both "big" and "professional." But what about before that famous moment? What were the key events that led to Linus creating that first public release of Linux?
To find out, in December 1996, I went to Finland to interview Linus in his flat in Helsinki. I used some of his replies in a feature that appeared in Wired magazine in August 1997; more of them appeared in my book, Rebel Code: Inside Linux and the open source revolution, published in 2001. What follows is a more detailed explanation of how Linux came into being, as told in Linus' own words.
Government Computing Network - Consultation invites responses on proposals to overhaul standards for sharing job, location and property information in support of wider digital transformation aims.
The government has launched a consultation on how best to proceed with several open standards proposals that will support inter-connected systems and more cost efficient digital transformation across Whitehall.
Under the consultation process, which is open until September 14, individuals are being asked to sign into the government's Standards Hub to provide feedback around user needs, the best available open formats and wider potential problems concerning three key proposals.
TechMarketView - Open source software appears to be gaining favour with England’s NHS, as cash-strapped NHS trusts examine all the options that support their quest to be paperless by 2018.
Wye Valley NHS Trust has just become the second NHS trust to opt for an open source electronic patient record system (EPR) from IMS Maxims, signing a five-year services contract with the SME. At Wye Valley, the UK’s first open source EPR will replace the patient administration software (PAS) that the trust received from CSC via the National Programme for IT in the NHS by the end of 2016. Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is also set to go live with openMAXIMS later this year.
For Wye Valley, the ability to tailor the software and share developments in code with other health providers, were important factors in the decision to go with open source. As, unsurprisingly, was cost. As Simon Lind, project and portfolio manager at the Trust, said: “The fact that there are no licence charges was of particular interest to us.”
Tech Republic - Two influential politicians in a German city that ditched Microsoft in favour of Linux are agitating for a switch back to Windows.
The councillors from Munich's conservative CSU party have called the custom version of Ubuntu installed on their laptops "cumbersome to use" and "of very limited use".
The letter from the two senior members of the city's IT committee asks mayor Dieter Reiter to consider removing the Linux-based OS and to install Windows with Microsoft Office.
The city spent years migrating about 15,000 staff to Limux, a custom-version of Ubuntu, and other open source software - a move the city said had saved it more than €10m ($11m).
These latest complaints follow comments by mayor Reiter last year in which he said open source software is "running behind the proprietary IT vendor's solutions".
Holyrood - Scottish public sector bodies are being encouraged to share more information with one another on the procurement of ICT goods and services.
Scottish Procurement has launched a dedicated online digital and technology procurement network where members of the public sector can exchange information.
The network can be accessed via the Knowledge Hub, the UK-hosted digital collaboration platform for public service.