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Linux distributors agree on PC standard

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In a move to make the freely distributed Linux operating system a stronger alternative to Microsoft's Windows, a group of major Linux distributors announced Friday that they have united on a standard set of components for desktop versions of Linux.

Interview: Bill Hilf, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Platform Strategy

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In recent times, the icy divide and the tremendous animosity between users of Microsoft's products and those who use open source products has thawed greatly. Earlier this month, a Microsoft executive delivered a keynote at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston for the first time ever. Hilf recently sat down with internetnews.com to talk about a number of contentious issues.

"FOSS 101" - A Reality Check on Linux and Open Source in Higher Education

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Linux and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) enjoy a reputation for ubiquitous use in educational settings. While FOSS openness and low acquisition costs resonate with the approach and needs of academia, it's proving difficult to establish a clear adoption trend.

OpenDocument group 'optimistic' on certification

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The recently formed OpenDocument Format Alliance is expressing its confidence that the file format will be approved by the International Organisation for Standardisation next month.

Sun streaks ahead in open source DRM and CAS

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We can see from last week's story on Sun Microsystems DReaM DRM that it is rapidly honing in on a future open source DRM market, with a completely new vision of how DRM should work, and it's running at least six months ahead of schedule by our reckoning.

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OpenDocument Alliance Triples in Size

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The ODF Alliance, an organization of companies supporting the adoption of the OASIS OpenDocument format, announced Tuesday that its membership had more than tripled in less than two months. Since March 3, its ranks have grown from 38 to 138.

Open source security in government

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Enterprise-level features, flexibility and cost have always been key factors for organizations that choose open source over proprietary technology. For IT managers in the government sector, however, these benefits often take a back seat to another software characteristic: IT security. Is open source secure enough for the government's IT infrastructure?

The day my father blew himself up

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the visible front of the current standards battle royale: in this corner, at 220 pounds, Open Document Format (ODF)! In the other corner, the 800 pound gorilla, Microsoft Office 12 XML format! Hopefully, we won’t get caught in the explosion.

In the Belly of the Beast

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In the beautiful-irony department, I have just learned that my name and copyright now appears in the EULA (End-User License Agreement) of a Microsoft product. A vector-graphics editor called “Microsoft Expressions”, apparently.

Open Source and Anti-Virus Don't Mix

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To me, one of the biggest areas where open source has come up short is anti-virus. This is too bad, as I think a lot of people would quickly fall in love with a free, reliable and always up-to-date open-source anti-virus client.

U.S. advised to promote open standards, source, innovation

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A business- and university-led public policy group has issued a downloadable 72-page report examining open standards, open source software, and "open innovation." The report concludes that openness should be promoted as a matter of public policy, in order to foster innovation and economic growth in the U.S. and world economies.

Open source vs. proprietary management tools

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As it is with other sectors, open source is the economic disruptor in IT management. Open source gives you more flexibility to deploy "just enough" to manage your infrastructure and network as well as the legacy vendors' solutions without the higher cost of incremental features. Beyond that, the transparency of the code and the ability to customize and extend it is a big plus.

Bringing free software to the masses

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You'd think it would be easy to research the right-hand man of free-software icon Richard Stallman, given the mass of information online about the free-software movement.

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French bill casts chill on open-source DRM & P2P

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On May 4, the French Senate will debate a copyright bill that is widely expected to have a chilling effect on the development and distribution of open-source software for digital rights management (DRM) or P2P (peer-to-peer) file-sharing.

Will open source ever destroy its proprietary prey? Ask Apache

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Just as video failed to completely kill off the radio star, I think it's probably premature to finger open source as the murderer of commercial software. Apache Foundation chairman Greg Stein, on the other hand, had no problem giving a five- to 10-year timeline for packaged applications at EclipseCon in March.

The Free Software Alternative in a Gnutshell

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If I were to duplicate my Microsoft office computing environment at home, , it would cost me a small fortune. Instead, I have the equivalent functionality at no cost beyond the cost of the computer itself. My home computer uses the free Linux operating system and free application programs.

Free Software Gets Expensive

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Charge customers for your software, and you might have a decent business. Give it away, and you may have a really valuable one. Red Hat's stock jumped almost 10%, to $30--indicating that other open-source players could get snapped up soon.

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