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Open Source For The Next Generation

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For today's young adults, buying shrink-wrapped software to load on a PC is as foreign as fiddling with rabbit ears to improve TV reception.

First-ever Open Source Compliance Insurance

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Lloyd's of London announced today that they will offer the world's first insurance policy to cover the specialized risks faced by enterprises that include or rely upon elements of Linux and other open source software.

Plenty of news heading into OSBC

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The days leading up to this week's Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) bore witness to an influx of announcements from open source companies and projects looking to make headlines ahead of the show.

OSS powers relief effort in Pakistan

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South African relief agency, Gift of the Givers, is using open source software solutions to power its humanitarian relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Pakistan.

Coming Soon to a Kernel Near You: GPL 3

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The Free Software Foundation is just weeks away from announcing the roadmap and process that will govern the release of the first draft of the rewritten GNU General Public License.

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

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The hardest thing to know is when to hang onto ideas that will truly work, and when to drop them in favor of a new innovation that will work better.

Open-Source Software Licenses Present Quagmire

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There are four "classic" open-source licenses, although many other open-source licenses have been created. Currently, there are 58 open-source licenses approved by OSI. This article will address the legal and practical risks that users of open-source software might face.

The open source ecosystem

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In a report entitled "How Firms Should Work With the Open Source Ecosystem," Forrester outlines the history and drivers behind the trend and looks forward to the development of what they label the open source ecosystem.

OSBC - Open source 2.0: New kids on the block

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Remember a year or so ago when you could probably name most of the open-source companies in the market? Try doing that now when the number of startups has skyrocketed to several hundred.

Red Hat CEO decries open source pretenders

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Companies who violate open source, such as those who claim to provide open source but who add "proprietary" layers to the technology, lack legitimacy.

Are open source databases more secure?

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If a recent Evans Data Corp. survey is any indication, IT administrators are increasingly worried about security holes in mainstream database products and are looking at open source alternatives.

Politicos May Monkey-Wrench MA OpenDoc Decision

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Two powerful Massachusetts politicians argue that open document formats will handicap Microsoft's ability to compete for state business.

Also: SK Watchdog Keeping Pressure on Microsoft

Google gives $350,000 to Open Source

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Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced the contribution of $350,000 by search technology leader Google Inc. to a joint open source technology initiative of Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Open source nuclear bunker guards finance data

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Somewhere outside a remote village in Kent, we pull up to a gate smothered in barbed wire and CCTV cameras. The former Ministry of Defence site, is now owned by a data-hosting and resilience company. The Bunker is a relic of the Cold War.

IBM, Others to Create Open-Source Programs

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Pushing the "open source" idea deeper into computing, several companies led by IBM Corp. are teaming up to develop programs for letting big businesses uniformly manage their increasingly vast warehouses of data.

Nominations open for SA's first open source awards

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Tectonic has launched South Africa's first-ever open source software awards to recognise the software most loved by Tectonic readers as well as the SA companies they most respect.

Peru's president approves open-source bill

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The president of Peru, signed legislation this week that allows public institutions to consider adopting open-source software, another step forward for the open-software movement.

University traps infected PCs in its web

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A team of IT staffers at the University of Indianapolis last week showed off a bundle of open-source tools and scripts it uses to trap and isolate PCs infected by viruses or spyware.

Open-source software seen gaining in Europe

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Open-source software is gaining ground in Europe and the developing world, with users attracted by lower costs and accessibility, according to a recent study and industry observers.

Open Source Software: It's Not (Only) About the Money

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Forget about the money. Saving a few hundred dollars per seat won't balance out a project. Instead, consider the merits of each type of software. You may still be surprised.

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