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Open Source Journalist Named Principal Analyst By OSDL

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In addition to hands-on technology and product marketing expertise, Dave brings important relationships across the technology industry," said Stuart Cohen (pictured), CEO of OSDL, as OSDL today announced the appointment of Dave Rosenberg to a newly-created position as Principal Analyst.

Strengthening Open Source's Weakest Link

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The cornerstone of open source software is the free availability of its source code, which lets developers and users around the world contribute to it and improve it. The power of participation has been confined almost entirely to the development phase of the software life cycle. Testing remains open source's weakest link as it is difficult to reproduce all intended usages.

Confidence in Open Source

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During the introductions my friend mentioned to his client that I was "an expert" in Linux and Open Source. The IT manager made the comment, "We have a few boxes around but we really haven't gotten into Linux yet." I smiled and we continued to talk, but the question remained with me, "Why was it that they have a few Linux servers lying around but hadn't gotten into Linux?"

Value of open-source software touted

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In a report to be presented at the World Bank yesterday, a group that includes senior government officials from 13 countries will urge nations to adopt open-information technology standards as a vital step to accelerate economic growth, efficiency and innovation.

Ten things your lawyers need to know about open-source

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In ever-growing numbers, CIOs want to take advantage of the many benefits that free and open-source software have to offer their companies. But there's a snag. Their lawyers can be grouchy when it comes to open-source.

FSF Forms Project To Revise GPL

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No one could have anticipated the phenomenal growth and adoption in the development and use of the open-source platform, said Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio. Consequently, there are several ways in which companies developing and using software licensed under the GPL are now vulnerable to lawsuits.

Open source secrets laid bare

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Since the term was coined in the late 1990s, open source has rapidly matured from an egalitarian approach to software design into a movement whose practices underpin the internet. More recently, it has begun to represent the seed of an ideology

CA gives patents to open source

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Computer Associates will give open-source projects access to 14 of its patents, the company said on Wednesday as it also announced a technology cross-licensing deal with IBM.

Every geek has its day

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And our day is Saturday, 10 September. Software Freedom Day is almost upon us, and Go Open Source and other OSS pundits have a ton of install fests happening around the country, intended to spread the good news of free software and introduce non-geeks to the welcoming world of open source.

Media with an open source axe to grind

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There was a lot going on in our region this week. It's very refreshing to see open source gaining some momentum right here in our neighbourhood. We also sampled some good diligent tech journalism and some slightly less savory work.

Moving on With Patents and Open-Source Software

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I understand the open-source software community's frustration with the existing software patent infrastructure, but denouncing the patent system and refusing to file for patents isn't the answer.

Open Source: The beginning of Gene Roddenberry's vision?

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On Roddenberry's 24th century Earth, there is no money. Everyone shares everything. I'd say that sounds a great deal like the open source development community of today.

A Month Without Microsoft Office

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Back on August 3rd, I installed the Beta 1 version of Windows Vista on my work desktop. That meant reinstalling all my applications...but I didn't have a copy of Microsoft Office handy. So I installed a beta copy of OpenOffice.org 2.0--the leading open-source office suite--figuring that it could serve as a stopgap.

New free software license takes aim at patents

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The free software foundation said on Tuesday it would start adapting rules for development and use of free software by including penalties against those who patent software or use anti-piracy technology.

Open Source Fragmenting

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A clear trend is steadily emerging: companies with Open Source offerings are gradually starting to charge for software.

Open source software testing

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Software testing is a discipline in the quality assurance process of software. To me, the Linux operating system is a test tool in itself with remarkable functionality and the availability of many tools for Linux.

Local companies continue to ride open source wave

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A number of local companies have embraced open source for their business-critical applications, much earlier than others, and are now seeing the benefits of their decision.

Opening doors with open source

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Rajesh Setty's business model sounds like something from an entrepreneur who doesn't know what's not possible because it is based on selling a product that is free -- open source software.

The myths of open source

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Once seen as flaky, cheap and the work of amateur developers, open source has emerged blinking into the daylight. So who's using open source? Why are they using it? And are the benefits worth the risks? The answers are surprising -- and dispel some of the myths surrounding open source.

Massachusetts set to switch off M$

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The state of Massachusetts has laid out a plan to switch all its workers away from Microsoft's Word, Excel and other desktop software applications, delivering what would be one of the most significant setbacks to the software company's battle against open source software in its home market.

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