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Open source projects: Why it pays to keep quiet

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Large companies and analysts that work with open source are fond of talking about vendor "sensitivity" when they are explaining why some customers are reluctant to go public about migrations away from proprietary software.

Social Use for Open Source Documents

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A recent Social Source event in London looked at how open source software could be used by voluntary organizations. As well as covering blogs and wikis, a new topic was the Open Document.

This week's Open Source Round Up

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A week without some sort of tawdry drama in the open source world would be like a week without sunshine. The good news is the major corporates seem quite willing to take turns as the whipping boy.

Open-source vending machine 'gaining momentum'

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It looks like a vending machine but it doesn't spit out chocolate or coffee. Instead, it's providing free, open-source software (Foss) in more than 30 locations in South Africa.

Open Source Turns Strategic

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The fear, uncertainty and doubt that has surrounded open source since its inception seems to be dissipating.

New Free Open Source Enterprise Magazine

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A new free Open Source Enterprise magazine was launched today, built on and about Open Source.

Linux Bangalore returns as FOSS.IN/2005

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FOSS.IN/2005 India's largest Free and Open Source Software Event, will be held at the Bangalore Palace from November 29 to December 2, 2005.

Operating with open source

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Myths and realities about open source software (OSS) came under discussion at the "Operating with Open Source" day, part of ICT Forum Wales.

Don't listen to Bill Gates

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Gates, Ballmer, and Agassi say that open source is software socialism that stifles innovation. But it's the capitalists who have the tech world stuck in the mud.

Over 40% of Open Source Developers Claim to Fix Bugs in Under 8 Hrs

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According to a survey by Evans Data Corp., open source software (OSS) developers find and fix software bugs quickly, with 17% of them being able to find and repair severe bugs in less than four business hours on average.

Open Source Business Models Examined

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At LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, it occurred to me that I had overlooked a very important Open Source business model, the Membership Model.

Debates on Open Source So 'Last Year' Says Novell Exec

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Governments are considering open-source technologies as an alternative to costly proprietary software. There's still some confusion and fear surrounding the low-cost software alternative, says Ross Chevalier, CTO/CIO of Novell.

Paris accelerates move to open source

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The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its server software with free and open-source alternatives, and to install open-source applications on desktops, city officials said Thursday.

The What, Why and When of Free Software in India

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Talking with one of the organizers of FSF-India about the role of free software as both technology and philosophy.

Can Open Source Defeat Microsoft?

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The bottom line is for companies to have a strategy. "There is not a software company out there that doesn't have an open-source strategy, but every major software company also has to focus on a commercial plan, or they won't become a company with a profit.

Software writers spot open source in Sony BMG CDs

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Controversial copy-protection software used by music publisher Sony BMG on music CDs appears to have tapped an open source project, raising questions about copyrights, software experts said on Friday.

Open-source PCs take a passage to India

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The Indian government has struck a deal with a number of PC vendors to pre-install open-source software on computers sold in the country.

IT managers lagging on OSS procurement

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IT managers must work quickly to develop procurement policies for open source products as they become an increasingly central element of enterprise infrastructure systems.

OSDL launches Open Source Patent Commons library

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The Open Source Development Labs is to officially launch its Patent Commons Project web site, providing a single source of information on patents pledged to the open source community.

Why and when open source products best Microsoft

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There are good reasons for using open source software (OSS), and I've learned those reasons through 15 years of experience with more traditional, commercial or closed source applications.

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