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The Open-source Community's Call To Arms

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The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo kicked off last week with a keynote address by Stanford Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, who told a packed audience the open source community's work doesn't end with an operating system and applications. The battle now is in creating a free culture in which the creation and consumption of content are not hindered by stringent copyright laws.

Open source license proliferation proves a tough nut to crack

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The Open Source Initiative's license proliferation committee has discovered that it might be more difficult than it first thought to reduce the number of open source licenses in common usage.

Visually impaired prevent Massachusetts move to open source

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A group of visually impaired campaigners have brought a temporary halt to plans by the US state of Massachusetts to move to open source document format (ODF), because the software to read them does not work with screen magnifiers.

EC votes for Open Source

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With Stallman, a passionate evangelist of the Open Source software movement, in India on a proselytising mission, the Election Commission has decided to uninstall Microsoft Office applications from its entire workspace and replace them with the free OpenOffice.

Open-Source Licenses Get Categorized, Not Ranked

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The long-delayed and much-awaited Open Source Initiative report on open-source license proliferation has been released, but the current licenses have been placed into three broad categories and have not been ranked beyond that.

Gartner: Stay rational with open source

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While Red Hat has outlined more strategic reasons for embracing open source, market researcher Gartner says enterprises should not have a strategy specifically for open source.

GPL licences will co-exist, says author

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The co-author of the General Public Licence has conceded that, although the majority of the software governed by the Licence will move over to version 3.0, the second and third versions will have to co-exist.

Open source guru advocates ideological shift

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Eric Raymond, one of the high priests of open source, has told the community that painful compromises are needed to the way it deals with closed source platforms and formats to avoid losing ground on desktops and new media players.

OSDL and the Linux desktop: The road ahead

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At LinuxWorld San Francisco, the OSDL held a panel discussion talking about the current state of Linux on the desktop. John Cherry, initiative manager for Desktop Linux at the non-profit, Linux user and developer support group, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), spoke with SearchOpenSource.com to discuss OSDL developments and the progress of the Portland Project's beta release of its programming interfaces for the GNOME and KDE environments.

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