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The new draw of open source: innovation

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OSS Recent observations at OSCON has demonstrated that open source can never be thought of as an also-ran again, as new technologies are now being created that show open source is now a way to innovate.

Going Open, Going Closed:

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  • Going Open, Going Closed: best practices and lessons learned
  • OSCON 2011: Open source won. Now what?

Sexual Harassment at Technical Conferences

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  • Sexual Harassment at Technical Conferences: A Big No-No
  • O'Reilly Open Source Convention coming back to Portland

Ubuntu Contributor Harmony

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  • Ubuntu Contributor Harmony
  • Contributor License Agreement corner cases

19 ways to do your bit for open source

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OSS It's undoubtedly good to give back to a community you take so much from. And in doing so, you can also help improve the software that you use every day, both for your benefit and for everyone else.

The future of free software – are we on rocky ground?

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OSS In this months column, openSUSE community manager Jos Poortvliet ponders the future of free software…

Free software isn't a single school of thought

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OSS "Would it be immoral for me to write a program and then to sell it without providing the source code?" Someone asked in response to my last blog entry. The question might have a troll, but I replied.

RMS, Freedom and the Cloud

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OSS RMS has an article on der Spiegel about the dangers the cloud presents to computing. He is correct that the cloud is a dangerous place but not any more dangerous than the web has been all along.

Control Points and Steering Mechanisms

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  • Control Points and Steering Mechanisms in Open Source Software Projects
  • The open source "shallow fork" approach to pre-deployment
  • Asia Pacific traders prefer open source
  • Creative Commons Chief Technology Officer Needed at FSF
  • AU: Guide to open source software published after online public consultation
  • Quest Software Demonstrates Open Source Absorption

What I’ve learned from (nearly!) a year of open source

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OSS As the days count down until I jet off to Las Vegas and release v2.0 of Agnitio I’ve been thinking about the past year and the lessons/things I’ve learned since I first released Agnitio – my first open source project.

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