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The heart of open source is trust

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Dana Blankenhorn: Open source has definitely reached the third level of fame. You know, level one is “What’s open source?” Level two is “Get me open source!” Level three is put open source on everything.

GPLv3, one year later

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linux.com: Figures on adoption of the GPL family vary somewhat, depending on whom you talk to. According to Doug Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck Software, a company that tracks open source code, 2,476 projects are now using the third version of the GPL, 358 are using the LGPL, and 72 the AGPL.

The Meaning of Open Source (to the U.S. Govt.)

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oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog: I read about the U.S. government’s USAsearch.gov site using the Vivisimo engine for search federal, state, and local government sites in the U.S. This is the same engine used by the Clusty search site. The first phrase that came to mind to search for was Open Source.

When is an open-source project ready?

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practical-tech.com: I’ve been getting told that my recent review of KDE 4 wasn’t fair because KDE 4 isn’t really ready for prime time. My response: “When is any program, especially an open-source program, ready?”

Pushing the Glacier

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wearenixed.blogspot: Free and Open Source Software is a wonderful thing. I know that I am saving money, time, and hard disk space by not using the commercial alternatives. For the rest of my college career, I no longer need to pay for expensive software. I am not the only one who has come to this realization. But how can it be spread?

IT leaders urged to contribute code to open-source projects

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computerworld.com: Open source is no longer a novelty, even within the largest corporations. Today, 53% of businesses use open-source software, according to a recent CIO.com survey. However, not enough of those businesses are contributing code back to the open-source community.

Will Bill Gates’ departure usher in open source friendly era at Microsoft?

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blogs.zdnet.com: It’s a tough call. Observers from both the open and closed source worlds say the exit of Microsoft’s longtime leader won’t usher in a GPL era at the company but it will likely accelerate what is already a changing attitude in Redmond.

Free as in Speech

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sharplinux.blogspot: With Independence Day coming up, I want to do a series of posts about freedom and what "free software" actually means. The English language is weak in the area of freedom, so when somebody says "free software" they think "free of charge." But that's still not what "free" means in the term "free software."

how nvidia impedes free desktop adoption

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vizzzion.org: There has been quite some discussion about Free and closed drivers and documentation of hardware lately. Kernel developers demand open drivers, docs and development processes, NVidia refuses to open their drivers, arguing that the technical quality is not a problem, and that the driver contains intellectual property they wish to protect.

What does it mean to be an Open Source author? A story from the inside

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jroller.com: I hear daily about open source projects, the open source business model, what it means in terms of freedom, choice, risks, investment, etc... What I rarely hear about is what is life like for those who actually contribute and dedicate a part of their life to open source?

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