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Free for All: Open Source Software

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schoollibraryjournal.com: So what is open source software (OSS)? It’s software that is free in every sense of the word: free to download, free to use, and free to view or modify. Most OSS is distributed on the Web and you don’t need to sign a license agreement to use it. In fact, you’re probably using OSS and may not know it.

Penguins in Tel Aviv? It Must Be the Annual Open-Source Convention

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ostatic.com: Israel, where I live, is known for its large number of high-tech startups. But when I moved here in 1995, Linux and the idea of open source software was virtually unknown, even among programmers. It was thus a delight to spend this (Friday) morning with 250-300 other open-source advocates, at the annual "August Penguin" conference.

How Open Source Is Your Open Source?

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opensource.org: Michael DeHaan has an excellent post entitled "How Open Source Is Your Open Source?". I dare say it is his best post despite getting in a few (Linux) distro biased comments. He proposes a set of community standards that determine the real health and openness of Open Source. In my opinion, a major problem with OSI at the moment is that it perpetuates (mainly indeliberately) that a mere license makes something Open Source.

Top Screencast Sites for Open-Source

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ostatic.com: Let's say that you've decided to start using a new programming language or framework. How can you learn what to do, or take some initial steps? Years ago, the obvious answer was the buy a book, or perhaps a magazine. Today, you're likely to read an online tutorial, or one of the many blogs that have sprung up about many of these technologies.

Eight Ways VARs Can Profit From Linux And Open Source

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  • Eight Ways VARs Can Profit From Linux And Open Source

  • Microsoft claims heart beats in open source
  • Blizzard Asks Judge to Forbid Open Source
  • The best place to host your open-source project
  • Signature Devices Launches Open Source Game Engine

Ex-inmates apply open source to rehabilitation

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linuxworld.com: Ric Moore and Dennis Gaddy met in prison, and started to discuss how Open Source software and methods could help other inmates to avoid further mistakes and get better chance to start over after their term. In this interview, Ric explains how they are doing it through the NuOAR program and why.

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Is Money Useless to Open Source Projects?

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codinghorror.com/blog: In April I donated $5,000 of the ad revenue from this website to an open source .NET project. I was crushingly disappointed to find out the $5,000 in grant money has been sitting in the bank for the last four months, totally unused.

A Non-insider's Guide to Free and Open Source Software

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sharplinux.blogspot: For years I have been using and, in some cases, promoting "open source" software, but until a few months ago, I really couldn't have told you what is really behind that idea. I knew vaguely, but since neither I nor anyone I know actually would delve into the source code (at least not at this point), what does it matter?

Microsoft Joins the ASF: Can They Be Trusted?

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ostatic.com: Microsoft announced on Friday that it would be joining the Apache Software Foundation, which costs $100,000/year and is the highest level of sponsorship that the foundation offers. Bruce Perens, a well-known open-source advocate, cautioned on Slashdot that "there's much reason for caution."

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