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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.

M$ slams open source licensing chaos

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Microsoft has launched an attack on existing open source "licensing proliferation" claiming that the system is confusing and unnecessarily challenging for software developers and unveiled three newly drafted template licenses for its so-called Shared Source Initiative,

Everybody's Guide to OpenDocument

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A lot of misinformation about the OpenDocument digital format has started to appear in the mainstream media and interest groups. Answers to many questions on the topic already have appeared, but they are written by techies for techies. This article is different, however.

IBM exec urges OpenDocument adoption

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Bob Sutor, IBM's vice president of standards and open source, is urging computer users to pressure software suppliers, company executives and governments to support the OpenDocument format.

Seeking middle ground in the open-source debate

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There’s room enough within governments to adopt open-source and proprietary software solutions, several technology experts said yesterday.

Does Open-Source Software Make The FCC Irrelevant?

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Columbia Law School Professor Eben Moglen wants to destroy the Federal Communications Commission. Not as some kind of terrorist act, but because technology is rapidly making it irrelevant.

Sun official says open source needs governance

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The open-source software community is in a dilemma: How do you provide the most freedom to a diverse base of developers?

M$'s Loss is OSS's Gain

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Microsoft has lost one of its high-profile hires to open-source. Ward Cunningham, the father of the Wiki, is leaving Microsoft to join the staff of the open-source tool consortium.

OSDL conducts desktop Linux survey

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The Open Source Development Labs Inc. (OSDL) is currently conducting a Desktop Linux survey to help the OSDL's Desktop Working Group to better understand the worldwide desktop Linux user community.

Open source: Big and getting bigger

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The brutal reality is that more and more software from (proprietary vendors) will have open source in it.

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