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Open Source 2009: It’s the Economy, Stupid. Or is it?

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linux-mag.com: About a week before attending the Open Source Business Conference last month, I heard an interview on public radio with the founder of Good News Network, a web site dedicated to reporting nothing but — you guessed it — good news.

The Digital Tipping Point: Free film made with free tools

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fsf.org/blogs: Christian Einfeldt is producing a documentary movie called the Digital Tipping Point about how free software is changing global culture. He is releasing all of his footage under a free license, and is inviting participants to grab the video and use it to tell stories.

Is cloud computing a threat to open source?

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computerworlduk.com: Why the demise of proprietary software is creating a vacuum which is about to be filled... and we may not like it.

10 Individuals who have contributed the most to FOSS

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l2admin.com: This is a followup to my previous post on the top 5 companies involved in enterprise Linux. enjoy!

Intel, Google warn of Open Source risks

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theinquirer.net: IN MOST OPEN sauce fairy tales, little Linux developers tremble in fear at the mention of the big, bad Vole, but with Google and Intel now seemingly joining Microsoft in its huffing and puffing, the story of open sourcery could do with a refresh.

Stepping away from evangelism

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brucebyfield.wordpress: I rarely evangelize about FOSS when face to face. While I will argue in favor of FOSS in articles, or in speech, I hardly ever do so in casual conversation.

Equilibrium in free software testing

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mdzlog.alcor.net: When a bug is filed in a free software project’s bug tracker, a social exchange takes place. Based on the belief that this exchange is of mutual benefit, the people involved form certain expectations of each other.

Should an Open Source Licence Ever Be Patent-Agnostic?

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linuxjournal.com: Sharing lies at the heart of free software, and drives much of its incredible efficiency as a development methodology. It means that coders do not have to re-invent the wheel, but can borrow from pre-existing programs. Software patents are about locking down knowledge.

GPL's cloudy future

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Jeremy Allison: One of the things about getting older is that you learn to ignore things until you have to do something about them. It’s a learned efficiency, I suppose. I finally realized I have to do some serious thinking about cloud computing.

Open Source Depends Upon Your Bug Reports

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techrepublic.com: Over the weekend I did an update on my Elive Compiz powered main PC. I didn’t realize it at the time but the update was actually an upgrade and I wound up running the unstable version.

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