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Open Source In Obama's Tech Agenda

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informationweek.com/blog: Much noise has been made in the past week or so about President-elect Barack Obama's creation of a governmental chief tech officer position. My question is: What will be their stance on open source? Will they lean towards it, mandate it, forbid it ... or ignore it entirely?

Did Vietnam take open source too far?

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Dana Blankenhorn: It’s what every red-blooded capitalist with a Microsoft button most fears, and rails against here and elsewhere, especially when we talk about open source in the developing world. Mandate open source?

The 2008 Linux and free software timeline

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lwn.net: 2008 proved to be an interesting year, with great progress in useful software that made our systems better. Of course, there were some of the usual conflicts. Here is LWN's eleventh annual timeline of significant events in the Linux and free software world for the year.

NLnet to fund AbiWord OpenDocument improvements

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uwog.net: As some of you might know, some of the AbiWord developers started a company called AbiSource Corporation a few months back. Today NLnet agreed to fund AbiSource Corporation (still need to sign the papers) to work on resolving the OpenDocument issue list, which is awesome!

The smallest threat to open source in 2009

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blogs.techrepublic.com: How much of a problem is security updating for open source software going to be in 2009?

Should open source boycott Cisco’s contest?

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blogs.zdnet.com: While lawyers debate the merits of the FSF’s suit against Cisco, open source developers may be asking themselves how they can make their views heard. Here’s an idea. Boycott Cisco’s contest.

Is Phoenix about to Enter GPL Violation HyperSpace?

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computerworlduk.com: If ultraportables were last year's big surprise success for GNU/Linux, one of the potentially exciting technologies for this year is the instant-on pre-operating system that loads in seconds when you power up a desktop or portable. Does Phoenix hope to get away without respecting the GNU GPL?

End Game Piracy: Open Source

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ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: As 2008 has proven - draconian digital restrictions management (DRM) does not stop people from illicitly using computer games. Spore, whose DRM was so bad they got ratings bombed on Amazon.com, was the most pirated game of 2008. The DRM caused hassles for legitimate users and did nothing to stop illicit use. This is always the case.

VC funding for open source: mixed messages from 2008

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blogs.the451group: The figures for publicly disclosed venture capital funding in open source vendors during Q4 and FY08 are in and while the numbers themselves provide a mixed picture, the statistics don’t necessarily tell the full story.

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