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mairin.wordpress: I believe that Fedora and Linux in general need to reach and inspire a wider set of users. Free software affords us so many benefits we should strive to share, but there’s still a formidable bar in technical skill required to realize those benefits.

Is open source a dead end for desktop applications?

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infoworld.com: Try as they might, open source desktop apps never gained much ground against proprietary rivals -- and maybe they never will

Open Source On Same Side of Law Suit As Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel and Dell?

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networkworld.com: Now there is a headline you don't see everyday. How often does the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Apache Foundation join such strange bedfellows as Apple, Google, Intel and Dell in (get this) support of a case that Microsoft is trying to put before the Supreme Court.

Marketing Bug: How Do I Contact You?

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Free software is based on contact between users and developers. Without that, it’s just not very efficient, and any free software project that breaks that bond is going to flounder for the same reasons that so many proprietary products flounder — total disconnect with the users.

Who's Who in Open Source

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ghabuntu.com: We are living at crucial moments for Open Source. With all the bombardment of news, factoids and half truths, how do we stand in the middle of this whole mess?

Red Hat v. Oracle: Which is More Standards Compliant?

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itworld.com: Meme status was actually granted a few weeks ago when the meme fairies (they're real; look it up) bestowed the honorific to the open source compliance issue during LinuxCon. Which, let's not kid ourselves, was exactly what the Linux Foundation, organizers of LinuxCon and Open Compliance Program wanted.

The "Free Beer" Hangover

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linuxjournal.com: A couple of days ago, I talked about Yahoo's warning messages saying my system (Linux) had not been tested with their mail program. These services offer free beer and we, as users are drinking it up without any thought of the costs afterwards.

Android: Open Source or Just an Open Mess?

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androidguys.com: Those of us who are familiar with the "with Google" stamp on the back of our respective Android phones what does this actually signify? Is it part of a carrier deal that gives exclusivity to Google premium apps like Gmail and the Android Market, or part of a grander scheme to make ODM's like Archos, Augen, Camangi, et al have inferior software so only the Google approved ones will survive like Verizon's Droid and Sprint's Evo?

Open Source and Sustainability

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blogs.alternet.org: As strange as it may sound, switching to Open Source operating systems and software – and getting your boss, co-workers, friends and relatives to do so – can save a lot more carbon emissions than getting them to change their lightbulbs.

Will Code For Beer

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Jon maddog Hall: People ask me why programmers write code and give it away “for free”. There are many reasons, but one I often give is that a programmer might end up at a conference and a grateful user of their code might “buy them a beer, or even a dinner.”

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