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How to make millions writing free software

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So you want to be an open-source millionaire, do you? What will really determine if your Linux distribution or your content management system, or whatever, will ever bring you a thin-dime has very, very little to do with your code's goodness.

Red Hat leakage

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It's a familiar phenomenon - a company becomes successful and, as it does so, some of its brightest stars leave the mother ship to try to re-create that success elsewhere on their own. This is starting to happen with Red Hat. Until OSBC, however, I hadn't realized how fast this was happening.

Tsunami-inspired FSF award focuses on humanity

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a new annual award that honours the use of free software in "the service of humanity".

Open source turns money-spinner

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Open source code, written by a community of thousands of software developers, has always been made freely available. But there are ways of making money from it, as David Reid finds out in Amsterdam.

Battle Over Mass. Anti-Microsoft Software Policy Widens

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The Massachusetts senate is considering legislation that could trump a month-old policy that required government agencies to adopt open document formats. The policy would roadblock adoption of Microsoft Office. Meanwhile, Sun and IBM are rallying support for open document formats.

The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 4

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In this concluding part of the series, the competitive situation is briefly mentioned so as to round out the argument that it is time for seriously profitable Linux business activity from businesses that know the rules for success

Open source SchoolTool looking for partners

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The open source SchoolTool project is looking for schools to test the software. SchoolTool, founded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, is a school management system to organise school timetables and resources.

The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Parts 2 & 3

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In this continuing series, we consider key aspects that impact the future of OSS in the business and consumer markets.

GPL 'minimises risks of open source'

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Eben Moglen, a prominent open source software lawyer, argued that legal risks from using free and open source software have been minimised by the GPL.

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Why We Need Our Nonprofits

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