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The Most Puerile of the FOSS Aficionados

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blogbeebe.blogspot: The website Planete Beranger recently published an interesting post "Wrong ways to promote the FOSS", from which the title of this post was taken. The core observation is no such thing as a "troll". This is a word invented by the most puerile of the FOSS aficionados.

Explaining Software Freedom to a Beginner

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trombonechamp.wordpress: I needed a good way to explain software freedom to people who have little to no computer experience (possibly parents or grandparents, kids, stay-at-home moms/dads, etc.), so I created the following blog post. Many of these people could benefit from free software, but aren’t going to learn about it through mainstream media.

Open Source Development: About Community and Sponsored Projects

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robertogaloppini.net: Classifying Open Source production models is not an academic curiosity, as result from recent conversations on how the development model affects at large the software life-cycle and, more important, the business strategy.

It's not the Gates, it's the bars

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Richard Stallman: To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers.

Open Season Episode 19

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theregister.co.uk: We joined the Gates trolls during Episode 19 of Open Season. In this show, we honored Gates's exit from Microsoft with a little game called "Kermit the Frog or Bill." The game revolves around audio clips from both characters. All you have to figure out is who's talking.

Sourceforge.net 2008 Community Choice Awards Finalists Posted

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sourceforge.net: After much tallying, number crunching, and crossing out bogus nominations, we are proud to announce the finalists of the 2008 SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards.

Defending Openness in the European Union

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Glyn Moody: One of the most surprising recent developments in the field of openness has been the rise of Europe as a key player there. This is not the result of some grand plan, despite what the conspiracy theorists in proprietary software companies might think, but simply a natural evolution.

Also: Open source community pushes Canberra on school computer fund

Free as in Kittens

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sharplinux.blogspot: I've talked so far about software freedom as in speech and as in beer. Today my topic is the kind of "free" that people view as a burden, the example being "free kittens." This is the meaning of "free" that keeps many regular, reasonable computer users from adopting.

The Open Source Paradigm

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brajeshwar.com: There is a lot of information present in bits and nibbles over the web, what’s needed for now is an approach, a paradigm to get a neat interface and logical relationship to the vast and rich mine of free information.

Best Practices for using Open-Source Software

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practical-tech.com: When faced with using open-source software in your company should your first reaction be:
1) Run in terror.
2) Pick up and cuddle your stuffed Steve Ballmer doll while shouting “No!”
3) Refuse to even consider it
4) Deal with it.

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