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Open Source Bits and Pieces

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redmonk.com/sogrady: A number of folks have been surprised by Google’s decision to transition to Portage – the package management system from the Gentoo Linux distribution – rather than something more popular like Apt (Debian/Ubuntu) or Yum (Fedora).

Looking out for Bilski: software patents v. FOSS

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opensource.com: Users of free and open source software (“FOSS”) have little to gain and much to fear from the patent system. The patent system poses two major threats to users:

Jacobsen and FOSS Community Win Big in Jacobsen v. Katzer Settlement

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com/blog: As expected, the Jacobsen case has now settled. The settlement was a complete victory for Jacobsen and is great news for the FOSS community. The Jacobsen case was very significant for the FOSS community because it was the first case in the US about the enforcement of open source software licenses.

It's not just Twitter

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blogs.computerworld: A recent Washington Post story observed that Twitter loves open source. Twitter's not the only ones. Most, if not all, social networks are built on top of Linux and open-source software.

Is Open Source Too Open for its Own Good?

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h-online.com: While I was at linux.conf.au 2010 last month, I finally met Ted Ts'o, one of the most senior figures in the Linux world, and, like many of them, now working for Google. Indeed, few people go further back in the world of Linux than Ts'o.

Computer Science Education Benefits from FLOSS

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ebb.org/bkuhn/blog: I read with interest today when Linux Weekly News linked to Greg DeKoenigsberg's response to Mark Guzdial's ACM Blog post, The Impact of Open Source on Computing Education. I must sadly admit that I was not terribly surprised to read such a post from an ACM-affiliated academic that speaks so negatively of FLOSS's contribution to Computer Science education.

Also: Damned Lies and Statistics, FOSS Sexism and Education

Shuttleworth, Rodriguez Keynote at PyCon 2010

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Mark Shuttleworth and Antonio Rodriguez keynote at PyCon 2010, the world's largest conference of the Python programming community.

Measuring FAIL: A Scorecard for Evaluating Open Source Projects

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ostatic.com/blog: Ever wonder whether a given FLOSS project is going to succeed or flounder? Need a little help reading the tea leaves? Now you can follow along at home with a handy scorecard that looks at everything from source control to project communication.

Open source: dangerous to computing education?

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opensource.com: At a time when we are trying to broaden participation in computing, open source development is even more closed and less diverse than commercial software development.

Aava Mobile unveils world’s first fully open mobile device

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slashgear.com: Android is open, but the hardware that runs it is not. There are hardly any open source hardware or mobile devices in the market. With the MWC in full swing, Aava Mobile has unveiled what is supposed to be the first fully open mobile device.

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