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From the End of the Beginning to the Beginning of the End

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opensource.org: When Eric Raymond posted the first of the Halloween Documents in 1998, it marked the end of the beginning for open source. That is to say those documents demonstrated that the logical superiority of the open source development model had penetrated the most headstrong corporate skull in the proprietary software universe: Microsoft.

Who should Software Freedom sue on FAT32?

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blogs.zdnet.com: Microsoft owns FAT32, but it didn’t appear to pursue its rights. Until the TomTom case. At which point Jeremy Allison of Samba says Microsoft had secret cross-licensing deals with all those other guys which violate the GPL. So who should Software Freedom sue?

Handy binary packages

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polishlinux.org: On distribution of Linux programs. In response to the painful article, I’d like to touch the topic of a handy and easy way to install programs under Linux.

Evidence-Based Open Source Adoption

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informationweek.com: I mentioned to a friend of mine the other day how I was replacing Word with OpenOffice in the long run. He replied that they use OO exclusively at his place of work.

What TomTom suit may really be about

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blogs.zdnet.com: Cars. Microsoft sees cars as the next frontier for computing. If GPS can remain proprietary open source will lack the enabling technology with which to get into the game.

open source headlines

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  • Hedging against recession with free and open source software

  • What do we know about open source pricing?
  • Opening up Open Sources
  • Open Source Projects Surge On Mobile Devices
  • Government lags the pace of open source
  • Palm leads on open source development, iPhone gaining

Open Source versus Microsoft: The next battlefield

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reviews.cnet.com: The competition between Microsoft and Open Source software reaches into the automotive space with the announcement of a new alliance amongst automakers and technology providers called Genivi.

Building belonging is the secret to open source success

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arstechnica.com: Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon explained the importance of community building during a presentation at the Southern California Linux Expo.

TOP 10 Freenode Channels Offering Real-Time Help on Open Source Technologies

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tnerd.com: IRC is one of the best resources when it comes to live tech-related help and advice. Following is the list of TOP 10 Freenode channels where users flock in to receive and offer real-time help.

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