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Andrew Lampitt defines Open-Core Licensing

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Matthew Aslett: JasperSoft’s business development director Andrew Lampitt has kicked off his new blog with an interesting post related to business models used by open source-related vendors.

Open Source Etiquette

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blogs.techrepublic.com: I follow a lot of mailing lists…all of them either Linux or open source in nature. Some of these lists I have been following for years. So I figured I had best offer some advice for those of you who might venture out into the world of Linux/open source mailing lists. Here’s my top advice.

Open opportunity

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thehindubusinessline.com: What is hot in the open source software scene? eWorld chatted with Gery Messer, President, Red Hat Asia Pacific, for an update. Here goes:

Open Source In Action -- Xi'An

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zdnetasia.com/blogs: Last month, I had a good opportunity to visit Xi'an Software Park with SUN, Intel and Red flag for 'Open source In Day'. This is second time I went to Xian, the event also let me more understand the development of software in this ancient city.

Could governments effectively subsidize open-source development?

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cnet.com: At the Utah Open Source Conference yesterday I presented a dilemma. Briefly, the idea is that as open-source buyers grow comfortable with open source they will stop spending money on open source. This leads to tragedy of the commons-type problems and a difficulty in encouraging the creation of more open source.

Open Source Culture Needs To Be Security Culture, Too

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informationweek.com/blog: How to react to the news that an earlier flaw in Debian's random-number generator has been used to fuel an honest-to-Linus exploit, especially after yesterday's post? Welcome to the tip of the iceberg.

Open source in an economic downturn

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computerworlduk.com: We are in an economic downturn, perhaps even a full-blown recession. In these circumstances the IT budget is one of the first places to come under scrutiny, and most IT departments are coming under increasing pressure to save every penny.

Opening minds to open source

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charlatan.ca: Anyone who has used the Internet has open-source licensing to thank. Programs licensed as open-source - like Apache, which retrieves and loads Internet pages - are maintained by an online community. Anyone can write new programming code to update or improve the software.

Quebec sued for not considering open source. Why this is bad policy

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Matt Asay: Facil, a Quebec-based open-source organization, has sued the Quebec provincial government for buying Microsoft software without considering open-source software, as CBC reports. The problem, it seems, is that Quebec has an "open markets" policy that it is supposed to follow.

Open source: What you should learn from the French

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infoworld.com: A decade ago, European countries leapt out of the gate to take the lead in the radical open source movement -- none more so than France. Through policies and high-profile projects, the French Republic for years has been advocating for all open source all the time, in government and education. And France is not stopping:

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