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An odd week in the world of open source software

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The open source world shied away from neither controversy nor absurdity last week as we all staggered forward under the weight of some seriously heavy weirdness.

Nations Present Open Source Argument to World Bank

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The group's report -- described as a blueprint for creating national policies for open-technology standards -- poses a threat to proprietary software makers who are already facing stiff competition from the OSM in the public sector of many developing countries.

An Introduction to Security Testing with Open Source Tools

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Michael Kelly reports on handy security uses for four open source tools: WebGoat, Firefox Web Developer, WebScarab, and Ethereal. By combining the tools in easy ways, testers can track down and close the gaping security holes that are often left in applications.

Open source attitudes

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What is particularly challenging is finding a decent topic for an open source column. It seems that there are only two OSS columns that one can write: the defensive and the offensive.

European Open Source convention attracts the big guns

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O’Reilly is staging a European Open Source Convention from 17-20 October in Amsterdam, citing the success of its North American-centric OSCON as a key factor in the expansion into new territory.

What Is Open Source

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Answering the question What is open source? used to be a lot simpler than it is today. Open source usually refers to software that is released with source code under a license that ensures that derivative works will also be available as source code.

Open source can help newsrooms

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Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) could be the answer to streamline African newsrooms," says Douglas Aranelles, the Head of Research and Development for the Media Development Loan Fund's Center for Advanced Media.

Samba's Terpstra shoots down open source misinformation

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In this interview, Terpstra shoots down some pernicious misunderstandings about Linux and open source and explains how IT organizations often end up shunning their IT planning duties.

Also: Poor planning slow Windows-to-Linux desktop migrations.

Should Open Source Applications Run On Windows?

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I was interested in posing questions on this topic to various people that work with, contribute to, or provide customer support and consulting for Open Source applications that run on Windows and Linux.

Open Source Software Moving Onto Corporate Desktops

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Open-source software, once primarily associated with computer operating systems, is now being used by companies for critical functions and software applications such as storing data, managing customers and analyzing business information.

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