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The myths of open source

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Once seen as flaky, cheap and the work of amateur developers, open source has emerged blinking into the daylight. So who's using open source? Why are they using it? And are the benefits worth the risks? The answers are surprising -- and dispel some of the myths surrounding open source.

Massachusetts set to switch off M$

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The state of Massachusetts has laid out a plan to switch all its workers away from Microsoft's Word, Excel and other desktop software applications, delivering what would be one of the most significant setbacks to the software company's battle against open source software in its home market.

How to move your company to open source

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About three months ago, I was hired by an 80-person manufacturing company as director of IT, primarily because of my experience with Linux. Job number one, they said, was to ditch as much Microsoft software as possible.

Interview: Beowulf's Donald Becker

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Beowulf Project founder Donald Becker sounds off on some of the confusing legal issues associated with open source and explains the status of grid and virtualization technologies.

OSDL says no to Microsoft

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The report of a meeting between OSDL and Microsoft has raised a few eyebrows this week. The eWeek report notes that OSDL had only confirmed discussing the idea with Taylor, but not a final response from OSDL. On Friday, I had a chance to have a short talk with Cohen, and got a definitive answer.

Open Source: A Way of Developing, Distributing, and Licensing Software

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Since the beginning of the software industry, nearly every software company in the world has followed the same business model. Today, however, that model is being challenged by a new paradigm: open source.

OSDL right to reject Windows/Linux TCO study

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"The bottom line is this: Microsoft has constantly created studies showing Windows cheaper to use than Linux. The problem here is that it is possible to skew a study to a known end by manipulating the variables so some factors are downplayed, while others are increased."

Where are all the open source marketers?

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I spoke with a number of people who asked if I knew of any VP of Marketing types to join their open source company. The truth is I came up pretty much blank. Word on the street is that no less then six open source related companies are looking to fill that role.

Real World Open Source: The TCO Question

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How much is this going to cost me? The question may be the lifeblood of business, but the answer is all too often an alchemy of knowns and unknowns, hard figures, and soft projections. Occupying the gap is a cottage industry of studies, surveys, analysts, and pundits weighing in on the big, bad, broad comparison of total cost of ownership (TCO) between commercial and open source software.

OSI's Open Flap

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The goals of the OSI's license proliferation committee were thrown into question when the creator of the organization's manifesto was recently denied entrance.

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