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Open Source convention concludes

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The Education Forum drew healthy and vigorous debate at the three-day LinuxAsia 2006 convention, the region's premier Open Source conference and expo, which concluded here on Friday.

Open Source is the future as Firefox storms ahead

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Even as the hype and hoopla surrounding the release of Internet Explorer 7.0 continues to circulate online, it is Firefox, which is quietly doing a great job and is in fact generating more interest that anything that is on the anvil from Redmond at the moment.

This Week's Open Source Round Up

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Looks like a theme for 2006 is beginning to emerge: Intellectual property issues. Not only was GPL3 still a hot topic this week, but we found a very ambitious open source project completely laid out on the tiles due to fear of infringement. One thing seems certain: Open source isn't going to be putting the lawyers out of business any time soon.

Web page novices: Use FTP, for free

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You know what I like about the open-source software movement? About the time I figure I need a free something, I find out someone has already written it.

Open source review crucial

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The GPL -- perhaps the best known open source software licence -- is being rewritten. The concept of "open source" software was first put forward about 20 years ago by computer programmer Richard Stallman. It began as a philosophical notion that software should be distributed in a form that allows it to be modified by its users.

Sun To Publish Draft For Open-Source DRM Specs

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Sun Microsystems Inc. will publish open-source technical drafts for conditional access specifications (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) within the next 10 days, the company said Friday.

Oracle may buy 3 more companies

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Oracle Corp. is in talks to spend up to $600 million to buy three software companies in its biggest embrace yet of open source software, according to news reports.

Open-Source Advocates Ask for Patience in GPL 3 Debate

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Open-source code advocates are calling for cooler heads to prevail in the often-heated debate about many of the revised terms in the first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3 that was released in early January.

An open source cure for BlackBerry's woes?

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If BlackBerry maker RIM Research in Motion has to shut down its over-the-air email service because of its legal battles with intellectual property-holding company NTP, the open-source wireless email company Funambol may be able to keep Blackberries working.

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How did you get started with Linux?

The Linux mascot is a penguin named Tux, so we thought it appropriate to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day for the conservation of penguin habitats and talk a little bit (more) about Linux. A few fun penguin facts: These furry creatures are flightless yet part of the bird family. Some are large, like the Emperor penguin, and some are small, like those found in New Zealand. And, the Gentoo penguin is known to swim up to a speed of 21 miles per hour! Now, for the Linux bit. I asked our writer community to describe the moment they learned about Linux or the moment they got it up on running on their machine. Here's what they shared. Read more