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Business family, open source community

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blogs.zdnet.com: Matt Asay wants Red Hat to make its Spacewalk project a true community. That’s a noble goal. But what I’ve observed over the last few years is there is a big difference between the noble goals of community and what many businesses want.

If Yahoo Implodes, What's the Effect on Open Source?

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computerworlduk.com/blog: One of the interesting aspects of Microsoft's long-running pursuit of Yahoo has been the potential knock-on effects for open source. Although the company doesn't make much of the fact, it uses a lot of free software, and has helped open source projects by employing some of the top hackers.

GPL divide still lives, one year on

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blogs.zdnet.com: More proof time flies. GPL v. 3 is one year old. Barring a sudden change of heart by one of these larger projects. V.3 acceptance will slow to just 10% per month this year.

Open Source Census Shows 220,000 Installations

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linuxsolutions.fr: The Open Source Census is a collaborative project started by OpenLogic with the aim of collecting and sharing quantitative data on the use of open source software, and has revealed that more the 220,000 open source packages and project installations are in use on business hard drives. The census now aims to delve further in to open source products used by enterprise adapters. The project has many sponsors, one of them being Microsoft.

Open Source in the Share of Wallet Wars

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riehle.org: I think it is obvious that IBM does this, most notably with its Linux engagement, which is squarely directed against Microsoft (Windows). It is what I call a war over the customer’s share of wallet, and open source plays a major role.

OOXML battle bus is back in action

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theinquirer.net: The challenge almost ran out of steam when the High Court threw the challenge out and the UKUUG realised it didn't have enough money to file an appeal. But Alain Williams, UKUUG chairman, said: "We are trying to raise a bit more but we've got sufficient backing to appeal and go forward."

Bridging the African digital divide - with a ‘toaster’

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csmonitor.com: In South Africa a “free” download here can end up costing almost $100. This is where the Freedom Toaster comes in. “What if open-source can really be open-source, even here?” he says, scrolling through a menu of possible downloads on the happy orange screen.

Ian Lynch's take on the BECTA fiasco

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: I have recently read an eye-opening email from Ian Lynch about what happened in the UK with BECTA. I have received his permission to republish here his thoughts. I think his email speaks volumes about what happened.

What does open source *really* look like?

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  • What does open source *really* look like?

  • What do Free and Open Source Software Leaders Think of Microsoft?
  • Open source tour of Europe: Czech Republic
  • Open source tour of Europe: Greece
  • Open source has yet to learn it pays to advertise

IBM says it has 'no plans' to open-source DB2 database

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computerworld.com: IBM said today that it doesn't plan to open-source its DB2 database, despite a published report quoting a company executive in the U.K. saying that an open-source move might become necessary.

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