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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.

M$, Intel, and Sun to sponsor OSBC

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The Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), scheduled for November 1-2, will be sponsored in part by Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Novell, Sybase, and Intel.

Copyright activists let off steam in London

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Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and free software activists denounce copyright law in London's Hyde Park.

Five Stars of Open Source

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If IT managers choose the open source community's top products, they will find many solid programs that meet or exceed the capabilities of more expensive commercial alternatives. Here is a closer look at five open-source products and why they are winning favor in government IT shops.

Mannheim Linux switch underway

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The city of Mannheim will have completed the first phase of its migration to Linux by the end of 2005, and is on target to have transferred all of its systems within five years.

Open Doors To Innovation

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Small and midsize companies are creating IT infrastructures based on open-source software to reduce licensing fees and increase flexibility

Two LinuxWorld Awards for Joomla!

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Joomla!, breakoff from the Mambo project, has been awarded two prestigious awards at the Linux & Open Source Awards in London this month.

Google Gets GAIM Guy

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It shouldn't be surprising that Google aggressively goes after the best talent in the business. Google's nascent IM business is apparently no exception.

Open Source Crowd Turns On One Of Its Own

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It's been a rough week for Marten Mickos, the chief executive of open source database maker MySQLAB.

Introducing the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research

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The public launch of the National Center for Open Source Policy and Research (NCOSPR) was announced today during a presentation at the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) hosted by the Oregon State University's Open Source Lab in Portland, Oregon.

The Lure of Open Source Software

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Why should you bother with looking at open source software? Isn't it safer to stick with Microsoft and the other big corporate software designers? David Chisnall helps us to distinguish between proprietary (sometimes referred to as "predatory") software and its open source counterparts.

Linux, open source profitable, stable and on the minds of CIOs

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With the landscape for OSS changing every day and with the Open Source Business Conference less than a month away, conference director Matt Asay took some time to discuss some of those transformations -- both good and bad.

Open Source Attracts Public Sector

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Once a curiosity of computer rooms, open-source software applications are now giving commercial programs a run for their money.

Why Linux isn't too fat & MS hurts customers

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As people make the transition from Windows to the increasingly popular Linux operating system and open source applications, many questions arise. In this SearchOpenSource.com interview, Van der Linden explains why users should make the jump to Linux for reasons such as cost, security and convenience.

IBM to Contribute Software Development Blueprints to Open Source Community

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IBM today announced plans to contribute key intellectual assets to the open source community, in an effort to help companies and software practitioners adopt and share best practices for software development.

Open-source document standard submitted to standards body

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The open-source OpenDocument document standard has been submitted to a key international standards organisation, which could make it more attractive as a desktop solution in the public sector.

Will the real XML please stand up!

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Mad Penguin™ will be running a series of three interviews with people who are in the trenches in the work to bring out OOo 2.0. The first of these interviews, with Sun Microsystems' Florian Reuter, covers some of the differences between the truly open XML found in OOo 2.0, and the closed MS Word ML found in the upcoming Microsoft Office 12

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