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OSDL reaches out to Linux coders

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The Open Source Development Labs, an organisation devoted to improving Linux, has launched a technical advisory board to try to foster better relations with programmers, who at times have been frustrated by the industry-funded group.

Better Living Through Open Source?

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Open source software such as Linux is non-proprietary, less complex, more efficient and freely available to anyone -- unlike Microsoft's Windows operating system. Linux is now the fastest growing software and powers eight of the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.

Open source managing vital resource

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A RESEARCH centre focused on developing and commercialising technology products for water management will be launched in Canberra tomorrow.

Open source opens up virtual education

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After years of listening to software vendors talk-up the potential benefits of e-learning in the classroom, educational establishments are now experiencing a direct correlation between e-learning deployments and an improvement in both grades and student retention.

Biggest Tuxlab launched

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Local relief agency Gift of the Givers, in conjunction with the Shuttleworth Foundation, has installed the largest Tuxlab in the country. Tuxlab, an initiative started by the Shuttleworth Foundation in 2002, provides learners with access to information by deploying open source computer centres in schools around the country.

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Microsoft deal is up, what now Victoria?

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When the Government of Australia's second largest state Victoria signed an $80 million, four-year contract with Microsoft in May 2002, advocates of open source software and other critics cried foul. Today that contract has just about expired, the Victorian Government has a new CIO, the NSW Government has opened its doors to Linux.

Also: Big Blue powers up Linux in NSW

No Way Has Innovation in Open Source Reached Its Limit

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"Linux is good at doing what other things already have done, but more cheaply - but can it do anything new?" That is the question asked by Steven Weber, a political scientist at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of "The Success of Open Source" (Harvard University Press, 2004), in a "Special Report" dated March 16 published in The Economist this week.

Newsmaker: Free software's white knight

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Eben Moglen, the longstanding legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation, became interested in computers at the age of 12. By 14, he was making money from writing computer programs.

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Get the Facts Yourself, Redmond

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After getting back to the home office, I found an anonymous note in the contrib queue of Linux Today (the page where I see all of the story recommendations sent in via the site). It was titled "Fake Microsoft Story?" and pointed to a URL on Microsoft Malaysia's Web site. I read it, and what was a good day became that much better.

Also: Amanda: Coverity Bugs Down to Zero

Open source 'split by digital divide'

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Local needs are not being met in developing countries, which are consumers not creators of open source software, says the United Nations University.

Code to Run XP on Mac May Become Open Source

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A couple of amateur programmers have managed to do what Apple Computer didn't want them to: get Microsoft's Windows operating system to run on the Macintosh. Nederkoorn said he expected they would make it available as open source software.

French Bill May Drive Away Open-source Developers

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French Deputy Frederic Dutoit accused the government on Wednesday night of "signing the death warrant for open-source software" in France, as the debate in the National Assembly over a new copyright bill lurched towards a conclusion.

When Your Boss Fears Open Source

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Does your network and app infrastructure contain open source products? Chances are they do. It's equally likely that those at the top of the IT org chart may not know the full story, given how ubiquitous -- and handy -- many open source offerings have become. Learn what to do when your boss fears open source.

SOX and the GPL: no "special" risk, but ordinary one bad enough

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This guest column by Wasabi VP and General Counsel Jay Michaelson responds to a reaction from Free Software Foundation General Counsel Eban Moglen to a Wasabi whitepaper that discussed potential interactions between Sarbannes-Oxley (SOX) legislation and the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Why we wont be talking about Open Source in the future

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This bifurcation of Open Source from all other software was a very familiar behavior—it is the same one that ten years ago insisted that the Internet and related technologies were discrete from IT and the datacenter. A ha! As I am fond of saying, there is little new in the world, all things old are new again.

Integrating Open Source Apps Into the Server Room

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Much fuss has been made about open source software, particularly its influence on back-end server environments. Some organizations are deciding that open source is the right option for them. To best determine whether some or all of your server infrastructure is a good candidate for open source solutions, consider several criteria.

Massachusetts' Open Source Transition Angers Disabled Workers

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In the hot debate over open source software in Massachusetts government, some disabled people feel they've been left out in the cold.

New OASIS committee to push ODF

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International standards body OASIS Tuesday announced the formation of the ODF Adoption Committee, a body with one mission: to promote widespread use of the OASIS Standard OpenDocument Format.

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