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Selling open source just keeps getting easier

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One way to know that the open source market is maturing is to analyze how fast companies are able to get to significant revenues. By "significant" I mean $10M and on a sharp, upward ramp. When I started in the business of open source (2000, with Lineo), it was horribly difficult to pull in $1M in revenues, much less $10M. Now? The ink will still be dry on your VC term sheets when you cross that threshold. Really.

Open source, closed mind

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It is a theme popular in science fiction films where the romantic idealism of free information is part of a rebellion against the monopolists of information technology.

OpenXML sneaks up behind ODF - lets make it stop

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It seems that Microsoft are working to “fast track” their OpenXML format to become a new European ISO/IEC standard. So what do we do? Well, we have until 5th Feb 2007 to make complaints.

Closed source use of the open source model

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One big trend of this decade that has not been remarked-upon enough is how many closed source or proprietary products have adopted elements of the open source business model.

BT still 'not fulfilling' GPL

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BT has still not done enough to fulfill the requirements of the General Public License, according to the Freedom Taskforce.

GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake?

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For 15 years, the current version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) has remained untouched. One of the oldest, most widely used open-source licenses, the GPL is a foundational text and an ideological marker. Yet this spring, the GPL's author will release a controversial new version of the license, a move that's already sending tremors along the software industry's fault lines.

The Top Companies Contributing to F/OSS (as seen in Debian GNU/Linux)

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The nearly 300-page Economic Impact of FLOSS on Innovation and Competitiveness of the EU ICT Sector report shows that Sun is the largest contributor to F/OSS. IBM provides the next largest amount of contributions.

Brazil's FOSS utopia image at risk

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According to the international media, Brazil is a leader in free and open source software (FOSS) adoption. The New York Times describes the country as "a tropical outpost of the free software movement," while BBC News claims that "Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software." However, FOSS advocates familiar with Brazil describe a less hopeful situation.

Open source lobby fury over Office format fast-track

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Two leading open standards bodies claim Microsoft's new Office XML formats are being 'fast tracked' into official European ISO/IEC standards without due consideration.

The State of the Union of FOSS

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Confidential White House sources have leaked to me a secretly included draft section of the President’s State of the Union address. These sources suspect that the Free Software Foundation (FSF), a suspected terrorist group, somehow gained access to the speech and included this section. It was purportedly caught at the last moment by a staffer who was literate enough to understand what she was reading. I release this copy of the rejected section, exposing myself to potentially grave peril, as a public service to our readers.

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