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Open source goes on show in Europe

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From 18-21 September, European IT experts with an interest in all things Linux and open source can visit the EuroOSCON 2006 exhibition at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels.

Also: LinuxWorld eyes up government usage

Former Government CIO Vocal About Open Source

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Former Massachusetts state government CIO, Peter Quinn believes that any technology leader, in the public or private sector, who is not supporting and implementing open standards should resign and get out of the business.

Open source comes of age

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A succession of high-profile patent cases do the open source movement no harm at all by pushing the issue of software ownership into the mainstream.

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Itanium allies make open source move

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In the newest of a series of moves to try to impart momentum to Intel's Itanium processor, allies backing the chip are funding work to improve a key programming tool.

Malaysia's Open Source Push

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TERENGGANU could well score a first among the 14 States in Malaysia with its plan to implement a comprehensive open source system as an enabling platform to enhance its operations, make more efficient the delivery of its services and empower citizens at all levels.

Use of Free Software in Croatia State Administration

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Two days ago, the Central State Office for e-Croatia (http://www.e-hrvatska.hr/), governmental office that works on computerization of state administration, organized the first meeting of the Working Group for Preparation of Policy documents related to use of open source software.

CEBIT - Open source helps SMBs customize applications

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Small and medium businesses increasingly want to customize their business applications and some software vendors are making sure they can, mainly through open source initiatives, vendors at Cebit said on Saturday.

Making Sure Migration Is an Option

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As time passes, the base of Linux users is growing in the data center, desktop, and even embedded electronic devices. Numbers from industry analysts point out that Linux server shipments have shown double-digit growth every quarter for over two years.

Linus on Licensing and TiVO

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Fans of open source software have been buzzing since Linus Torvalds, creator of the popular Linux operating system, indicated he wouldn't adopt a new version of the license under which Linux is distributed. Torvalds' opinion matters because his program is by far the most popular open source program in the world. Oddly enough, however, Linus Torvalds, isn't among the complainers about TiVO's not-quite-open-source system.

McNealy pumps open standards at gov't trade show

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Government agencies need to move toward open standards and managed services to cut IT costs and improve service to customers, Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy said Wednesday.

Will violating the GPL get you in deep SOX?

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You may never have even considered how the popular GPL open-source license might interact with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, but embedded systems seller Wasabi Systems claims that Sarbanes-Oxley has made "GPL violations a federal crime."

Open source: the future economy?

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When people asked Captain Kirk of Star Trek how much he got paid for his job, he answered that in the future, we don't use money any more _ people just work for the betterment of mankind. The concept puzzled me from an economics perspective. But having observed the open-source movement in the IT realm, I am starting to comprehend one direction that the economy of the future might take.

Hybrids: How free+fee OSS models put vendor support on solid ground

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Some IT organizations' doubts about the strength of some vendors' support for commercial open source products is legitimate, but don't paint all vendors with the same brush, says SearchOpenSource.com resident expert Julie Hanna Farris. They may be young, but some commercial open source vendors have come up with hybrid models that include both free software and black ink.

Microsoft to OpenDocument Alliance: Where's the Choice?

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Microsoft is accusing some competitors of exactly the same thing of which they have criticized the software company: pushing an exclusive standard to the detriment of all others and not enabling choice.

Making a federal case of open source

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Welcome to FOSE, Day 1. As you look through your show programs, you'll notice that this year's show puts a significant emphasis on technology education. The word around the GCN newsroom is that the FOSE planners wanted to move considerably beyond the floor show to give government professionals more and better information.

Open Source is here to stay

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Open-source, as I've pointed out recently, has become widely accepted as the best way to write software. Indeed, before I sat down to write this, I read that AOL has opened up its code to its AIM client.

Of course, Open AIM isn't really open-source.

Open source preferred in SME sector says study

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Open source software is used by 17.5% of New Zealand ICT companies, according to the 2005 HiGrowth ICT sector survey.

Startups Mainstream Open-Source Software

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A survey of 140 of the largest U.S. companies by Forrester Research found that 56 percent of them use Linux or open-source software in some part of their operations. Another 19 percent plan to use it soon. The open-source database market alone was $300 million last year and is expected to reach $1 billion by 2008, Forrester said.

Sun Cashes in on Open Source

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As chief open-source officer at Sun Microsystems, Simon Phipps has been a busy man of late, with Sun moving to open-source big pieces of its software portfolio-from its Solaris operating system to its enterprise Java software stack.

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