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Free/Open Source software (FOSS)

Mills: IBM Has Advantage over 'Precarious' Startups

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Q&A: IBM executive Steve Mills says the company is well-positioned to dominate over open-source startup groups; he cites IBM's stability and "deep customer relationships."

OpenDocument could 'turn everything inside out'

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A Sun Microsystems executive says the OpenDocument format has the potential to change the world.

Rimer's Rules for Open Source

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Venture capitalist Danny Rimer has made investments in companies across the open-source landscape, including MySQL, Zend, TrollTech, and SourceLabs. Reporter Sarah Lacy caught up with Rimer to chat about his European advantage and why he won't make certain open-source investments.

Open source security is cool for schools

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Schools should implement an open source authentication system to give parents and pupils secure access to online content, says a government organisation.

Open Source Spreads Its Wings in Enterprise

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Charles Brenner entered the open-source realm several years ago the way most others do: rolling out Linux in an effort to save a few dollars.

Like rock n' roll, open source here to stay

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Open source software isn't a craze and won't be a short-lived fad in the corporate IT environment. More importantly, OSS isn't being put on the back burner by the corporate world. For every wait-and-see CIO, there are dozens who are eager to leverage the value of OSS in their organizations.

Open Source Becomes Key Player in Business Models

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What will become of open-source companies when they grow up? Will there be an open-source dot bomb, or is the investment going into open source leading the way for a whole new kind of software company?

Open Source Software, Open Source Politics

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They say that politics makes strange bedfellows and this weekend was certainly no exception. On Friday, progressive activists, software developers and Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) joined forces to highlight the growing open source software movement and Oregon's increasingly prominent role in it.

Open Source: Now It's an Ecosystem

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This software movement is branching into not just mainstream business applications but also the associated services. And VCs are eager to help.

Open Source Opens Doors to SNL

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Live from New York, it's -- three comic talents who first made a name for themselves on the internet, thanks in part to the viral popularity of video shorts they released on the net under Creative Commons licenses.

This week's Open source Round up

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It's been a relatively quiet week in the open source community. While it's a nice break, I have a feeling everyone is simply taking a breath and preparing for the next frenzy.

OSV Urges Australian Agencies to Follow MA in Open Document Standards

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Massachusetts joins the Australian Federal Government in adopting this format for long-term electronic document storage. Open Source Victoria (OSV) recently called on all remaining Australian states and government agencies to also adopt this format as a viable approach to ensuring guaranteed access to public sector documents and data in perpetuity.

Open source software -- Managing the legal risks

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Using open source software (OSS) in this manner can be very efficient. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about OSS, and the legal ramifications that can arise are not so simple.

Wikibooks takes on textbook industry

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Created in the same mold as the Wikipedia project--the open-source encyclopedia that lets anyone create or edit an article and that now has nearly 747,000 entries in English alone--Wikibooks is still in its earliest stages.

Columnist Writes Dumb Op-Ed Piece Against MA

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Ziff-Davis Group columnist David Coursey thinks that Massachusetts' plan to free the state from Microsoft's closed, proprietary formats is a "dumb move".

Peru's green light to open-source software

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Swimming against the Microsoft tide, Peru's Congress passed legislation that would require public institutions to consider using open-source software as an alternative to proprietary, licensed rivals when evaluating bids from software vendors.

SSH Claims for New Secure Shell Draw Open-Source Ire

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Manager of SSH Communications Security, claimed that SSH's product is better than a similar open-source product from OpenSSH. These comments raised the ire of Theo de Raadt, leader of the OpenBSD operating system and a member of the OpenSSH development team.

Bonhams to migrate to open source

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Auction firm Bonhams is embracing open source, the company's global CIO, Roland Whitehead, told the Triple i Convention.

Open slather

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OPEN-source software has been infiltrating the business world for 10 years, surfacing first as an alternative operating system for web servers and then growing into an array of tools and applications.

How Open Source Projects Turn Into Successful Businesses

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After a while, and a lot of hard work, the software's feature set becomes more complete and achieves a higher level of stability. At this point, the project is ready for users who lack either the willingness or ability to delve into the code. These are the users on which to build a business model. They are the market.

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