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Is open sourcing Domino a good idea?

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stormyscorner.com: Ian Tree has written an open letter to IBM asking them to release Domino under an open source license. While I agree with him that open sourcing Domino could have lots of positive effects, he's ignoring the cost and time involved.

Seven Predictions for Open Source in 2009

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ddj.com: 2008 was an eventful, breakthrough year for many open source companies, and 2009 will be even more so, especially in terms of business purchasing patterns, software business model shifts, and enterprise software stack evolution.

10 Linux Predictions for 2009

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  • 10 Linux Predictions for 2009

  • Open source trends in 2009
  • Will 2009 Be Open or Closed?
  • Worst open-source predictions of 2008
  • Enterprise Linux 2008: The year in review

The Internet is the tree, open source the fruit

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blogs.zdnet.com: One of the big journalistic trends of 2008 was to call every new Internet paradigm open source. This was both a compliment and a warning.

The War for Open Source

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blogs.opennms.org: Starting about the time that Bill Gates wrote his infamous Letter to Hobbyists, the commercial software industry has sought to control and restrict access to source code.

Five Open Source Predictions The VAR Guy Got Wrong In 2008

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thevarguy.com: The VAR Guy often crows about his successful predictions. But some of his blog posts missed the mark badly in 2008. He needs to eat some crow for these five open source statements that were off target in 2008.

Do women matter in FOSS projects?

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itwire.com: When will women be taken seriously in the FOSS community? That's a question that needs to be asked after the Debian GNU/Linux project garnered headlines earlier this month over an offensive mailing list post that had at least two women considering whether they would continue their involvement in the project.

The new face of open source

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cnet.com: To get a glimpse of the changing face of open source, look no further than InfoWorld's "Future of Open Source" roundtable. Some of the thoughts expressed by various leaders in the open-source community are insightful, but that's not the real story. No, the real story is who InfoWorld chose to profile.

Open source business models must be voluntary

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blogs.zdnet.com: Entrepreneur Dave Rosenberg has a Christmas wish for you. Dave wants to make everyone pay for open source in 2009.

Linux group to discuss free software in schools

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thehindu.com: The Indian Linux Users’ Group (ILUG), Kochi chapter, will discuss various aspects of free software education in schools in the State at its monthly meeting at the Internet Club in Broadway Enclave on Sunday.

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