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Are US open source organisations having their applications for non-profit status blocked?

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computerworlduk.com: In a post to a private mailing list I follow, Software Conservancy chief Bradley Kuhn has confirmed that an unexpected problem highlighted recently by CASH Music is indeed a real issue for open source groups in the USA seeking to formalise non-profit status.

Bear Turns Open Source Shark

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  • Bear Turns Open Source Shark in Deep Water
  • Further thoughts on the decline of ‘open source’ as a competitive differentiator
  • Who Says You Can’t Make Money with Open Source?
  • will Oracle stick with open source?
  • Can Creative Commons solve the digital rights problem?
  • Scientist: How to attribute free software contributions in journal article
  • Do you FOSS or do you FLOSS?
  • Open Source is not a Sin, It's a blessing

A window to open source OS w/ Prakash Advani

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Ubuntu

thehindubusinessline.com: “The vision for Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.”

UK shakes dust off open source policy

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computerweekly.com: If it looked like UK open source policy, just recently exhumed, had already been swept back under the same carpet it has been kept under since it was first launched two and a half years ago, the announcement yesterday that Liam Maxwell had acquired responsibility for it with a Cabinet Office portfolio did surprisingly little to improve its mien.

The decline of ‘open source’ as an identifying differentiator

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the451group.com: One of the things that I have observed in relation to open source-related in recent months is the decreased use of the term ‘open source’ as an identifying differentiator in some companies’ marketing material, either to describe the company or its software.

Nonprofit helps government expand open source software usage

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networkworld.com: The U.S. government is still very much a Windows world, but a group dedicated to bringing open source software into public agencies says it is seeing progress on several fronts.

Also: NASA Open Source Summit Proceedings Online

In defence of open source

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techcentral.co.za: Late last year, I was asked to audit some software that had been developed overseas and bought by a large SA company to launch a new consumer website. It all looked pretty straightforward, until I noticed a strange line in the code:

Open source's disdain for enterprise

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zdnet.co.uk: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It's a simple lesson, one learned by most of us by the time we're twenty (OK, fifty). But it's lost on some very high profile open source efforts, which seem increasingly to think that the workers of the world don't deserve the benefits of decent software.

Monetary Damages for FOSS License Non-Compliance:

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olex.openlogic.com: In Jacobsen v. Katzer, the Federal Circuit held that open source licenses are indeed licenses and not merely contracts.1 This is an important decision due to the remedies available under the Copyright Act versus contract law. But what do monetary damages under U.S. copyright law look like?

Should you give a rats ring about Open or Closed Source?

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it.toolbox.com: No matter what side of the fence you're on, any talking about computers always seems to end up as an Open Source, Closed Source argument.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • 3 Relatively Unknown Open Source Web Browsers for Linux that Packs the Punch
    Browser wars has been going on for more than a decade now and yet, there are no signs of a let down by any parties involved. In fact, things are only hotting up with the big three competing tooth and nail to become the leader of the pack. But that's not the entire story. A host of niche players are also in the market which are equally good and sometimes even better. Here, we'll discuss 3 superb free and open source web browsers you've probably never heard about.
  • Nemo 2.6 Gets A Plugin Manager, More [`Nemo With Unity Patches` PPA Updated]
    While Nemo 2.6 wasn't officially released yet (Cinnamon 2.6 is currently undergoing testing in the Linux Mint Romeo repository), its source has been available for some time on GitHub.
  • WinFF Review - Convert Any Video File with Ease
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  • FusionForge 6.0 final release available
    After 4 release candidates, the FusionForge community is proud to announce the new major Fusionforge 6.0 final release.
  • Wine 1.7.44 Brings Support for Numerous Games
    Wine devs have announced that a new version of their application is out and it comes with some very interesting features, including improved support for the 64-bit platform.
  • Wine 1.7.44 Works On More 64-bit ARM Support
    Wine 1.7.44 is out this morning to end out the month of May for the Wine development community.

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