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Is Wikipedia's "Deletionism" Out of Control?

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ostatic.com/blog: Wikipedia has become famous, or perhaps infamous, for its intolerance of new content. The deletionists are getting renewed attention after proposing that the dwm entry be deleted because it's a a "non-notable window manager."

Hosted Drupal CMS planned for midyear

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infoworld.com: Acquia hopes to make a hosted version of its Drupal open-source content management system widely available in about three months, the company's CTO said Wednesday.

Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger

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networkworld.com: O'Reilly media founder Tim O'Reilly is "the most powerful voice" in open source, followed by Linux chief architect Linus Torvalds according to a new ranking of influential open source personalities.

From the Bubble to the Burst: A Look Back at 25 Years of Dotcom

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eweek.com: In 1985, the domain name ".com" came into existence, helping to define the modern Internet. Within two years of the registration of the first Internet domain name, major tech corporations such as Intel (Intel.com), Xerox (xerox.com), and Apple (apple.com), along with a host of smaller outfits, had all begun to make their mark on the World Wide Web.

Embrace Your Inner Geek At The New Linux Store

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  • Embrace Your Inner Geek At The New Linux Store
  • Wear Your Linux Pride on Your Sleeve, Linux.com Launches New Store
  • The Linux Store

78% of adults believe Internet access a fundamental right; 50% want no regulation

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blogs.zdnet.com: Four of every five adults believe access to the Internet is a fundamental right, and more than half believe it should never be regulated, according to a new survey.

Apache bug prompts update advice

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zdnet.com.au: IT security company Sense of Security has discovered a serious bug in Apache's HTTP web server, which could allow a remote attacker to gain complete control of a database.

BBC claims angry iPlayer plugin mob 'conflated' open source term

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theregister.co.uk: The BBC has tried to draw a line under its decision to bar open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming in the iPlayer, after The Register revealed the Corporation's quiet switcheroo last week.

Microsoft exec suggests Internet tax to pay for cyber security

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infoworld.com: Charney equates infected PCs with infected people, and suggests the equivalent of quarantines to stop malware from spreading.

Also: Cyberwar, are we being lied to?

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GNOME Extensions Website Has A New Look

Every GNOME Shell user will visit the official GNOME Shell Extensions website at least once. And if those users do so this weekend they’ll notice a small difference as the GNOME Shell Extensions website is sporting a minor redesign. This online repo plays host to a stack of terrific add-ons that add additional features and tweak existing ones. Read more