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Sun says open-source Java possible in 'months'

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A Sun Microsystems executive said today that the company is "months" away from releasing its trademark Java programming language under an open-source license.

How one school system makes the most of open source

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Network engineer uses free programs for software distribution, databases and spam filtering to help support Apple Mac environment.

FUD Never Changes

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Hey, it's our old friend FUD making an appearance yet again! Does it work? Apparently Microsoft thinks so, because it's employing it again in the form of comments from chief platform strategist Bill Hilf: "most open-source code is terribly inferior to commercial software code." I mean, c'mon. That's flatly ridiculous.

Tech Gurus Say They'll 'Switch from Mac'

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Playing on Apple's past "Switch" ad campaign, which was aimed at getting Windows users to migrate to Apple's Mac OS X-based computers, a few longtime Mac and open-source gurus are vocally publicizing their switch away from Apple's platform to more open-source solutions.

Belgian government chooses OpenDocument

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In a blow to Microsoft, Belgium's government departments will be instructed to use an open file format for internal communications.

Indie Podcasting with Open Source

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There have been quite a few articles and books on podcasting already, and some of them are excellent--particularly the ones that deal with some small part of the process. How do you put a podcast together?

Execs debate the 'open source effect'

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The open source software paradigm has changed the software market, but open source itself is becoming so established that it will be boring in five years, panelists said at an industry event held at the Computer History Museum on Wednesday evening.

Is Now the Time to Dump Microsoft and Fire Your IT Manager?

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Enter a new crop of startup companies flying under the radar of Web 2.0 hype, which thus far has been focused on the B2C space. Built on the twin pillars of open-source codebase and cheap bandwidth, B2B providers are offering enterprise-class hosted applications at bargain basement prices.

Fear of forking

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The free software model of software development is about rapid detection of problems, rapid repair of those problems, and the rapid acceptance and advance of entirely new ideas. These conditions depend upon the collaboration of users and developers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The original community of Linux developers was self-selecting. For the most part they were young 'hobbyists' with a broad interest in software who wanted something more adventurous.

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