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Threat to M$ as UK plans to use foss

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Microsoft faces a serious threat to its UK public sector monopoly from plans by local authorities to increase their use of open source software, a survey commissioned by the FT has found.

Open source community needs unity

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Waugh, a two-term president of Linux Australia, opened a can of worms at the conference in Canberra recently by calling on the community not to splinter into factions and interest groups, and lift its game in areas of common interest, such as documentation, advocacy and events. This week, I asked LA vice-president Pia Waugh to elaborate on her recent remarks to linux.conf.au about code and culture in the open source community.

Sun to complete release of Solaris code

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Sun Microsystems Inc. will complete its release of Solaris software code in the next 45 days, completing an effort the company began last year, a Sun official said yesterday.

Chicken Little and Age-Appropriate Explanations

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Even if a major lawsuit were filed tomorrow, open source would still have an outstanding track record of avoiding intellectual property infringement, compared to proprietary software, which is the subject of frequent infringement claims.

Commercial Open Source?

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Can an open source project get acquired? One just did...

Open Source Makes School Breakthrough

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Forthcoming government report to pave way for greater OSS use in UK schools.

Open source developers provide 'glimmer of hope'

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A software design expert claims that software quality is declining everywhere except in the open source world, but others insist that proprietary software is just as good as the alternative.

Companies buy open source because it's better

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Companies buy open source because it's better, not cheaper. European enterprises are adopting open source software on the grounds of quality and flexibility, rather than merely considering it "good enough" because it is inexpensive, according to a new survey from research firm IDC.

Red Hat exec criticizes software patents

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Michael Tiemann, vice president of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, heaped scorn on the issuance of software patents saying they stifle innovation. He also criticized Microsoft’s “Shared Source” approach to open source. The Shared Source program lets users look at code but not modify it, he pointed out.

Open Source, Mugged by Reality?

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The Open Source Business Conference held this month in San Francisco was chock-full of information on how to make money using open source software. It demonstrated that capitalists have finally discovered a new way to think about software development.

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