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Why open source will never rule the desktop and why it doesn’t have to

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crunchgear.com: Ubuntu is lovely. KDE is great. Debian is the bomb. Even OS X is pretty hot stuff. But none of them will ever take the desktop. That’s because the desktop is dying and they have already taken the second – soon-to-be central screen – the cellphone and that’s more than enough. Open source is now mobile.

Netgear responds to open source concerns for WNR3500L router

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icrontic.com: We contacted Netgear to receive their perspective on the issue, and they wrote back to let us know that their Senior Product Line Manager Som Pal Choudhury has written a post which describes Netgear’s stance.

Nonprofit Runs On Open Source

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informationweek.com: It's not easy to run an organization with 1,500 PCs on almost no Microsoft products, but that's what Mosaic is doing with the help of open source and cloud computing.

On the future of Open Source thought leadership

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zdnet.com/perlow: My last article on Richard M. Stallman’s verbal attack on Miguel de Icaza and his continuing crusade against anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of the Free Software community seems to have struck a chord.

Source Code Isn't A Standard

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informationweek.com/blog: Savio Rodrigues just wrote about a colleague testing a bunch of browsers based on the open source WebKit rendering engine. To his dismay, "no two are exactly the same". Or, as he put it, "A WebKit-based browser is, well, whatever the vendor wants it to be."

FSF urges non-profits to reject Windows 7

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theinquirer.net: THE FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION (FSF) is to write to the leaders of 500 of the most influential non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide to urge them to refuse Windows 7. The move is a stepping up of the FSF's campaign timed to coincide with the launch of Windows 7 and follows an earlier letter sent to 499 chief executives of Fortune 500 companies.

Open Source Enthusiast To Advise Conservatives

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eweekeurope.co.uk: Tom Steinberg, co-founder of mySociety, the site behind online tools such as TheyWorkForYou.com has agreed to help the Conservative party

Some of Maryland's open source heroes

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baltimoresun.com: Mike Subelsky shares with us his non-scientific findings on who's doing a lot of novel work with open source. Feel free to nominate your own "open source heroes" in the comments section of this blog entry.

The Open Source Initiative’s corporate status is suspended

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blogs.the451group.com: The ability of the Open Source Initiative to steward the Open Source Definition and police the use of the term open source as it relates to software is in doubt following the confirmation that the corporate status of the non-profit company has been suspended in California. What does it all mean?

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