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Forget Candy, Buy Open Source Software for Charity

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ostatic.com/blog: Instead of hauling around boxes of candy bars or gift wrap the next time your school or non-profit group needs to raise money, why not offer a CD of open source software in exchange for a donation?

…Not free as in fundamentalist

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blogs.the451group: Matt Asay set the cat amongst the pigeons late last week with his post declaring that “Free software has lost. Open source has won." To my mind, there is actually a lot to agree with in Matt’s post but where it falls down is in its generalisation of the Free Software movement.

Open sourcers strike back at Google cease-and-desist

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theregister.co.uk: Three days after Google told an independent developer to stop bundling proprietary applications with his alternative Android operating system, fans of the popular package have shot back with plans to work around the move.

Google throws the ‘open’ out of ‘open-source’ by shutting down Android mod

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thinkdigit.com: Well, it was nice while it lasted. With Android, Google had promised us the ideal of a truly open-source mobile operating system being headed by one of the technology world’s most influential organisations. And now, the company has gone ahead and issued a ‘Cease and Desist’ (C&D) order to one of the most popular Android mods around.

Without Free Software, Open Source Would Lose its Meaning

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linuxjournal.com: I'm a big fan of Matt Asay's writings about free software even though I have been rather dreading the appearance of one that I knew, one day, he would write...because it would be wrong. And now he has written it, with the self-explanatory headline: “Free software is dead. Long live open source.”

Can open source monopolize a market?

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cnet.com: Open source is used to playing underdog to incumbent proprietary vendors. What will happen when open source dominates, rather than commoditizes, markets?

Are Schools Giving Students The Wrong Idea About Technology?

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itnewstoday.com: Students being taught proprietary systems exclusively will come out of school knowing only those particular systems. Where’s the versatility there? Who exactly would that benefit?

Is the FSF shooting the open-source community in the foot?

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daniweb.com: Like many I'm sure, I'd heard a little of the Free Software Foundation. I recently stumbled upon a new campaign being run by the FSF, entitled the "Windows 7 Sins"... you guessed it - timed around the release of the launch of Win7.

On keynotes and apologies

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blog.printf.net: I was at the keynote too, and was paying attention, and it turns out that even with context applied, someone who talks about "explaining to girls what we actually do" when talking about free software really is saying something sexist. This statement actually wasn't the first exclusionary thing Mark had said in the talk.

Also: The next wave of feminism crashes on the FOSS shores

The Difference Between EULAs and Open Source Licenses

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osnews.com: In France, the GPL has scored yet another major win in court. What makes this infringements case special is that it was filed not by the developers of the infringed-upon code, but by users, demonstrating that they, too, can successfully enforce the GPL.

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