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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Is there a category of software big enough, mature enough and frustrating to customers enough to give rise to the next major software powerhouse-- let alone multiple software powerhouses?
A new, collaborative web page aims to introduce Windows users to high quality, free, open source applications that run on Windows.
ZDNet UK has just concluded an investigation into why some governments have embraced open source, while others have given it the cold-shoulder.
Open-source business models are booming in the software industry, a rapid rise that has some experts wondering if it's a bubble that will burst.
Novell in August reported a 5% drop in fiscal third-quarter revenue from a year ago. In contrast, Linux rival Red Hat reported a 42% year-to-year increase in its most-recent quarterly revenue. In a tech market that likes to have choices, big-business Linux is looking more like a one-horse race.
So you want to be an open-source millionaire, do you? What will really determine if your Linux distribution or your content management system, or whatever, will ever bring you a thin-dime has very, very little to do with your code's goodness.
It's a familiar phenomenon - a company becomes successful and, as it does so, some of its brightest stars leave the mother ship to try to re-create that success elsewhere on their own. This is starting to happen with Red Hat. Until OSBC, however, I hadn't realized how fast this was happening.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a new annual award that honours the use of free software in "the service of humanity".
Open source code, written by a community of thousands of software developers, has always been made freely available. But there are ways of making money from it, as David Reid finds out in Amsterdam.
The Massachusetts senate is considering legislation that could trump a month-old policy that required government agencies to adopt open document formats. The policy would roadblock adoption of Microsoft Office. Meanwhile, Sun and IBM are rallying support for open document formats.
In this concluding part of the series, the competitive situation is briefly mentioned so as to round out the argument that it is time for seriously profitable Linux business activity from businesses that know the rules for success
The open source SchoolTool project is looking for schools to test the software. SchoolTool, founded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, is a school management system to organise school timetables and resources.
In this continuing series, we consider key aspects that impact the future of OSS in the business and consumer markets.
Eben Moglen, a prominent open source software lawyer, argued that legal risks from using free and open source software have been minimised by the GPL.