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MenuetOS inches towards 1.0

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MenuetOS – the open source, GUI-equipped operating system written entirely in assembly language – may be as little as a year away from hitting 1.0. And while 12 months may still seem like a long time, it's taken some 13 years of work by the Menuet team to get to this point.

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Tech Memo: Open Sesame

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Open-source software can be an effective technology solution for the intrepid IT ­professional in search of a customizable product. This type of software, which allows users to modify its source code free of charge, can be used to manage websites, email, desktop productivity—you name it. And because it’s less structured than many proprietary or commercial software programs, open source provides IT professionals with a chance to play and experiment. “It’s very much an adventure,” says Moira Edwards, CAE, president, Ellipsis Partners.

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Open your wallet and bring your buying power to open source

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Find out why Jack Wallen finally bit the bullet and paid a premium price for a desktop machine with pre-installed Linux. He suggests that you also bring your buying power to open source.

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‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ MySQL users open up on Open Source

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Four out of five developers plan to migrate if MySQL becomes closed source

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Only Openness Can Power The Next Wave Of Human Progress

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Mozilla's Mitchell Baker argues that the mobile- and data-centric Web faces new threats to its flexibility and openness.

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Open Sourcity is a place where great ideas inspire talented programmers

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We're looking to work with passionate people to make this community a reality. If you're a web designer, graphics designer, marketing expert, SEO expert, or just someone with a really good idea, get in touch now. Anyone with a desire to further the open source message can take part in this project. Together we can create the future we want.

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NTRU public key crypto released to open source community

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“Open sourcing NTRU ensures that the implementation is solid and without the backdoors that we have learned about in proprietary implementations” said Dr. William Whyte, chief scientist at Security Innovation, Inc. and chair of the IEEE 1363 Working Group. “We are fussy in the crypto world, and want to ensure that any adopted crypto is transparent and battle-tested. NTRU has been successfully scrutinized by numerous government agencies and universities for over a decade."

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100 Open Source Replacements for Audio and Video Tools

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These days, digital music and videos are more popular than ever. According to a Pew Report released just last month, "54 percent of internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites." Another study found that 78 percent of adult Internet users download or watch videos. Music industry group IFPI has reported that 62 percent of Internet users legally listen to or download digital music, and the industry made $5.6 billion off digital music in 2012. That's a 9 percent increase from the year before, and it accounts for 34 percent of all record industry revenues.

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Mozilla Revenue Tops $311 Million From Open-Source Technology

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NEWS ANALYSIS: The maker of the freely available open-source Firefox browser continues to benefit from its Google partnership.

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Has SourceForge been judged unfairly?

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While it's generally better not to judge too quickly, I think it's reasonable that people are holding SourceForge to account for some of their decisions. People who download open source software do not expect to get other applications bundled with them.

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Is it legal to sell GPL software?

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Marco Fioretti answers a TechRepublic member's questions about charging fees for software that's made available under the GNU GPL License version 2 or 3.

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Devil is in the details of Oracle-to-PostgreSQL migration

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EnterpriseDB execs have moved customers off Oracle, but contracts and app packages can tangle switch to PostgreSQL

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The Reddit – SourceForge Lynch Mob

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It was like Cooks Source all over again, just without the catchphrase “But honestly Monica.”

It’s been all over the web for the last week or two that the photo imaging program GIMP, a FOSS crown jewel, has dropped SourceForge as a download site. Although the GIMP folks had been a little concerned over some advertisements on SourceForge, the real reason appears to be DevShare, which bundles third party offers with open source downloads for install on Windows machines.

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Italy working on a guide for comparing open and closed source software

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It’s no hidden fact that the European Union has a special love for free and open source software for all the merits these have to offer and for the huge cost savings EU’s various organizations get to make from these. In the past, several member countries have made the switch from Windows to Linux in a drive to make their systems more secure and save costs. Their governments and educational institutions have also moved on from using proprietary and expensive day-to-day software such as Microsoft Office to using OpenOffice and LibreOffice, software that get the same work done and are absolutely free. Now it is Italy’s turn to follow on the same path.

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DOD gradually embracing open source

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The Defense Department, looking for ways to cut costs and share information, is slowly but surely embracing open source software, sister publication FCW’s Amber Corrin reports.

"The problem with proprietary solutions is the limited set of folks who can use them, rather than opening the core components to the community to drive...and just be the experts and the integrators," Andy Goodson, program manager for Lockheed Martin's Distributed Data Framework, told FCW. DDF is a newly open source software search engine for intelligence.

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Google hosts ‘code-in’ to get teens contributing to open-source projects

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Most devs end up using a huge amount of open-source code in their projects, so giving back to these projects only makes sense.

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Docker: An open source startup you need to know about

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I love startup companies. I love open source software. I love innovation. Put them all together and you have the ingredients for something incredible. Meet Docker, Inc. (formerly known as dotCloud), the San Francisco based open source company that will revolutionize the way you package and deploy applications on Linux servers.

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Top 20 open source gifts for the holidays

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We've searched the Internet and consulted with the open source geeks in our lives to identify some of 2013's coolest open source-related gifts for the holidays. We've found something for everyone's budget from big (a LulzBot TAZ 2 3D printer!) to small (who doesn't need a free download of Cards Against Humanity?), and everything in between.

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Swiss Lausanne piloting open source desktops

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Lausanne, Switzerland's fourth-largest city, is considering a switch to open source desktop PCs. "The time has come to evaluate a migration, by launching a pilot project on 5 workstations", the city announced on 14 November. "Free and open source software is becoming more mature, user-friendly and compatible with other environments."

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