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SFLC Argues Software Cannot Be Patented

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softwarefreedom.org: Today the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to non-profit developers and distributors of free and open source software, filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing that software standing alone cannot constitutionally be patented.

Leaning Towards Freedom

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informationweek.com: The advocates of free software -- not just open source, but free as in freedom -- talk about the use of computers as a basic human right. It probably is. But I see freedom as a direction to lean into.

FOSS: War is over (if you want it)

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blogs.the451group: Aside from the ongoing adoption of open source, one of the trends that has defined FOSS in 2009 has been the numerous declarations that the war between open source and proprietary software is over - and moreover that open source has won.

The Business of Open Source is Not Software

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adventuresinoss.com: I’ve been staying out of the free vs. open source wars running around my little corner of the world of late. There is a lot of talk about whether or not open source has “won”. Open source is free software, so it seems silly to try to differentiate the two.

Why Open Source is not Magic Pixie Dust, Part 284

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computerworlduk.com: One of the pivotal moments in the rise of free software was 22 January 1998, when the following statement appeared:

Forget Candy, Buy Open Source Software for Charity

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ostatic.com/blog: Instead of hauling around boxes of candy bars or gift wrap the next time your school or non-profit group needs to raise money, why not offer a CD of open source software in exchange for a donation?

…Not free as in fundamentalist

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blogs.the451group: Matt Asay set the cat amongst the pigeons late last week with his post declaring that “Free software has lost. Open source has won." To my mind, there is actually a lot to agree with in Matt’s post but where it falls down is in its generalisation of the Free Software movement.

Open sourcers strike back at Google cease-and-desist

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theregister.co.uk: Three days after Google told an independent developer to stop bundling proprietary applications with his alternative Android operating system, fans of the popular package have shot back with plans to work around the move.

Google throws the ‘open’ out of ‘open-source’ by shutting down Android mod

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thinkdigit.com: Well, it was nice while it lasted. With Android, Google had promised us the ideal of a truly open-source mobile operating system being headed by one of the technology world’s most influential organisations. And now, the company has gone ahead and issued a ‘Cease and Desist’ (C&D) order to one of the most popular Android mods around.

Without Free Software, Open Source Would Lose its Meaning

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linuxjournal.com: I'm a big fan of Matt Asay's writings about free software even though I have been rather dreading the appearance of one that I knew, one day, he would write...because it would be wrong. And now he has written it, with the self-explanatory headline: “Free software is dead. Long live open source.”

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