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Software flaws don't negate "many eyes" in open source

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itworld.com: The allegations from Greg Perry regarding backdoors allegedly placed within OpenBSD about a decade ago seem to be shifting more and more into the realm of fantasy as each day goes by.

2010: The year open source went invisible

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theregister.co.uk: The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible. It's not that the media stopped reporting on open source. Far from it. Up until 2010, coverage of open source had remained roughly static, as evidenced by Google News result for "open source" in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

AUSkey finally gets open source support

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zdnet.com.au: After initially airing plans for Linux support in July, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is now offering preliminary support to open-source users on specific platforms.

Is 2011 the year of open source in the public sector?

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linuxuser.co.uk: As budgets tighten, governments around the world are firming up their open source pledges. Rory MacDonald investigates if 2011 might well be the year open source breaks into the public sector…

Waiting for the rapture

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linux-magazine.com: have been involved with free and open source software (FOSS) for the better part of twelve years. For ten years of that time, I have made my living from FOSS, either as an employee or as a free-lance writer. But sometimes, I have to admit, I get tired of waiting for FOSS to fulfill its potential.

FSF essay argues freedom over quality

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itworld.com: Getting into the middle of a discussion on the virtues of open source versus free software is about as smart as trying to reconcile the two major US political parties at this point in history--in other words, a fool's errand.

Netflix Opens up About Open Source

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computerworlduk.com: Even though it is generally accepted that open source is used widely throughout the business world, it doesn't hurt having a few high-profile examples to point to when people doubt its suitability for this role. Obvious ones like Google and Amazon have been joined more recently by the likes of Facebook and Twitter. And now here's another well-known name opening up, Netflix:

European Commission IT chief tackles open source lobby over €189m contract

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computerweekly.com: The European Commission (EC) IT chief has taken the open source lobby to task over a €189m (£158m) deal the EC signed last week, its largest ever software deal.

Where did you that open source licensed code from?

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computerweekly.com: Open source software is (of course) distributed (for the most part) under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which grants the right to modify and redistribute the software code itself. But as software application development experiences increasingly more rapid iterations (especially in Agile development environments) - could open source code licensing and compliance get overlooked?

Back from the GPL Compliance Engineering Workshop in Taipei

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gnumonks.org: I've been a bit over a week in Taipei, mainly to co-present (with Armijn Hemel) the GPL compliance engineering workshop at Academia Sinica. The workshop was attended by more than 100 representatives of the local IT industry in Taiwan, from both legal and engineering departments.

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