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Open source software takes on giants

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Free and open source software is fast taking on licenced software giants worldover, and in India too, it is catching the fancy of IT industry.

Analyst Firm Gets It Half-Right

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IDC, a well-known analyst firm has just released a study on the topic of open source, concluding that open source represents "the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s."

Lonelygirl15 Creators Rely On Open Source

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Creators behind the Internet video phenomenon Lonelygirl15 will rely on open source technology and a "newly launched Web site to explore possibilities in storytelling.

OSDL patent project 'worse than nothing'

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Analysis: A project to fight low-quality software patents in the US could make the legal terrain more difficult for open source, according to FSF founder Richard Stallman

Copyright, bad faith, and software licensing

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Robin Miller recently published a story on Newsforge about "Stan"[1], as an example of a situation that demonstrates proprietary software is a danger to business continuity. I found this story interesting since I think Mr. Miller came close to correctly identifying a core issue.

Open source unlocks options for many small-to-medium sized businesses

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When Tony Losey came to the 3Sixty Group in 2003 he saw that, like many small companies, the manufacturing firm didn’t have much in the way of advanced systems. The organization didn’t have a lot of money to throw at IT, but Losey zeroed in on open source as the key to keeping the company competitive.

I’ll make you free if I have to lock you up!

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Interesting goings-on over on the Busybox list. Busybox is a single app that masquerades as a large set of common unix tools like ls, a shell and so on. The maintainer is planning to, well, sort of migrate the project to being GPL v2-only. The issue is significant, because in the current GPL3 drafts there is language that would require any signing keys to be given up with the sources.

Open source community welcomes Microsoft patent pledge

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Long-time Microsoft enemies are taking a positive stance on the vendor's latest pledge not to assert its patent portfolio against a group of 38 web services specifications and their implementations.

OSDL Patent Project Under Attack

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Controversy has erupted over an initiative by the Open Source Development Labs, known as Open Source as Prior Art, which is designed to improve the quality of software patents and thereby reduce the number of patents that can be used to threaten open-source software developers and users.

Educators examine pros, cons of open source platforms

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Simon Fraser University CIO Jim Cranston says software licensing fees are one impediment to using emerging technologies in areas such as e-learning. Perhaps Cranston hasn't heard of Moodle.

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Software: Latte Dock, Emacs, Ick, REAPER

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