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Standalone OSS revenue to reach $4.83 billion by 2012

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What's 'Disruptive' About Open Source

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informationweek.com/blog: The other day, while in a phone conversation, the old canard about open source being a "disruptive technology" came up. It's true, but I think it's one of those things (like "information wants to be free") that runs the risk of becoming a thought-cliché. You always want to talk about what's being disrupted, and why, and to what end.

SITA braves open source

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itweb.co.za: The State IT Agency (SITA) is transferring its entire technology infrastructure to free, open source and open standards software (FOSS). SITA CEO Llewellyn Jones says the organisation hopes to complete this process within the next four to five months.

Open Source PLUS Open Standards are a “Smart Business Decision” Says E.U.

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Jim Zemlin: The New York Times reports today a hard rebuke from European Union’s competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, against Microsoft’s tactics in Europe. Certainly when using any software this matters, but let’s take a closer look at how this advice relates to open source. Evaluate the following statement for accuracy. True or False?

UKUUG Court Case Falls at First Hurdle

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linuxsolutions.fr: The UK UNIX USER Group (UKUUG) looks likely to drop their legal challenge to Microsoft’s controversial international document standard because it doesn’t have the money to see the court case out.

Open source vs. proprietary? Turn the question around!

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geekzone.co.nz: Several decades ago the software 'industry' managed to re-write our perception of history and make most people believe that proprietary software is normal, and open source is the aberration, while in reality software actually started out as open. It is time to change our thinking and to stop trying to justify the use of open source software.

Did Open Source Kill the Dev Tools Market?

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ostatic.com: "The tools market is dead. Open source killed it. The only commercial tools that can survive today are the ones that leapfrog open source tools." That's the position that John De Goes, president of N-BRAIN.

SFLC Files Another Round of GPL Violation Lawsuits on Behalf of BusyBox

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed two more copyright infringement lawsuits, on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

EU pushes for open-source standards as 'smart business'

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AP: The EU's top antitrust official on Tuesday called for governments to favor open-source software for their own use, taking aim at Microsoft Corp. for 'locking in' customers to their proprietary technology.

Forrester survey finds lack of interest in OSS?

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weblog.infoworld.com: When a Forrester Research representative emailed with the following survey highlights, I was more than a little surprised: Seventy percent of decision-makers responded that they don't have interest or have no plans to adopt open source software.

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