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Italy is latest to promote open source software in public procurements

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In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the country to first consider re-used or free software before committing to proprietary licenses. Importantly, the new rules include an enforcement mechanism, which can, at least in theory, annul decisions that do not follow these procedures.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today – but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on.

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Italy posts benchmark open vs closed software

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The Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AGID) on Wednesday posted the criteria and guidelines on how to compare open source and proprietary software. The document is to help public administrations to give priority to free and open source solutions, and to the re-use of software paid for by public administrations.

First steps on the Cabinet Office technology transformation journey

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Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has led the drive to change how technology is used across government, yet he has acknowledged that the IT used by staff in his own department is poor.

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Every company bring its own agenda to open source

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Open source offers all kinds of advantages to individuals and companies alike, but it's important to keep in mind that when big companies get involved, chances are they put their own business agenda first.

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An open source policy that works in practice

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While many customers are aware of open source software and encourage its use, they are also wary of intellectual property contamination—which is alright and understandable. There are customers who do not want to be bothered regarding each and every tool used, while others are extremely concerned and put every open source tool or program through an approval process. The policy can be tuned as per each customer’s preference. For example, a set of commonly used tools may be listed and pre-approved in the Statement of Work or other agreement prior to the start of project.

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Italian govt agencies to consider Free Software before commercial software

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The Italian Digital Agency has recommended that its government’s agencies consider Free Software alternatives before purchasing licenses for commercial software.

Recommendations like this tend to come from European governments, never from government agencies over here in our America, even though it will save a ton of money.

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Restricting Use of Free (as in Freedom) Software in Surveillance, Censorship, Assassinations, and Wars

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Notes of concern about the extensive use of GNU/Linux and Free software by those who are oppressing society

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Out in the Open: These Hackers Want to Give You Coding Superpowers

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Built alongside friend and colleague Robert Attorri, his creation is called Light Table, and he believes it can not only improve programming for seasoned engineers like himself, but put the power of coding into the hands of so many others. “We consider programming a modern-day superpower. You can create something out of nothing, cure cancer, build billion-dollar companies,” he says. “We’re looking at how we can give that super power to everyone else.”

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