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Consumer Electronics: Closing In on Open Source

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Linux has the remarkable ability to be adapted and scaled to specific purposes. It can run corporate servers, personal computers and even small consumer electronics devices. Open source isn't a CE manufacturer's only choice for a micro OS -- among other options are WinCE and Wind River. Unlike other applications, however, a Linux system demands no royalties.

Aaron J. Seigo: backward compat is good, bad

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i read ian murdock's blog entry on the importance of backwards compatibility i found myself at once agreeing and wincing. backwards compatibility, like most things in life, is neither all good or all bad.

Open Source Viewed as Not Obstructing Government's Activities

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Judith M.S., Head of the Indonesian Internet Café or Warnet Association, has said she considered that the government's activities will not be hampered by the utilization of open source software.

Open Source Challenges Vista at U.K. Education Show

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Although Microsoft had one of the largest spaces at BETT, the leading educational technology show in the U.K., there was a strong case made for open source software. Becta, an advice organisation supported by government, published a report that advised against any sudden move to upgrade Windows.

Using open source as a marketing ploy

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This morning News.com is running an article (Taking the plunge into open source) on how proprietary software companies are leveraging (bastardizing?) open source practices for some of their new products. A big part of the profile is on a company called Aras.

Two principles of successful open source businesses

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I had dinner with Fabrizio, a good friend and CEO of Funambol, the leading mobile open source company. Fabrizio said some things about open source that rang true with me, which I had not considered before.

EU Study Says Open Source Could Increase Competitiveness

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Increased use of free and open source software in Europe could increase the region’s competitiveness with the US, according to a European Commission study.

Ian Murdock On the importance of backward compatibility

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I’m often asked why I’m so obsessed with backward compatibility and, as a result, why I’ve made the issue such a central part of the LSB over the past year. Yes, it’s hard, particularly in the Linux world, because there are thousands of developers building the components that make up the platform.

EU study says OSS has better economics than proprietary software

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The debate over the costs associated with using closed-source and open-source software has been raging for years now, and a new study from the European Union is certain to add fuel to the fire. Titled the "Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU," the study looks at the role of OSS in the economy, its direct economic impact, indirect economic impact, and concludes with trends, scenarios, and policy strategies.

EC throws money at OSS quality control

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The European Commission is investing some of the final chunks of change in its Framework 6 Research and Development budget into four projects dedicated to defining and checking the quality of open source software. The total investment is in the region of €25m, and is being matched by money from industry.

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