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An open source analogy: Open source is like sharing a recipe

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OSS I love listening to open source gurus explain open source to those who have never encountered it, and especially to those with little computing background.

BOOM! BOOM! Out Go The Lights on Oracle v Google

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  • BOOM! BOOM! Out Go The Lights on Oracle v Google
  • Ah! The Morning After...
  • Roundup: Oracle API Claims Defeated

Microsoft is serious about open source: 10 proof points

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OSS Microsoft has come a long way in its acceptance of open source. And its motto doesn’t seem to be (this time) to embrace and extinguish.

What's next after GPL and Apache?

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OSS The trend for commercial open source licensing could be back toward the center, either to MPLv2 or an even better successor

Richard Stallman Cancels Event, Rushed to Hospital

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OSS Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and all around controversial guy, was forced to cancel an appearance to be rushed to the hospital today.

Top 50 Open Source Companies: Where Are They Now?

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OSS So whatever happened to each of the 50 companies in that annual list? Some are dead, some are thriving, and many have repositioned for cloud computing,

Is GPL licensing in decline?

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OSS A debate has raged for months about open source licensing trends. It all started with assertions that the GNU General Public License (GPL) is rapidly falling from favor as an open source license, replaced largely by the Apache License. Free software advocates couldn't disagree more.

The role of critics in FOSS development

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  • The role of critics in FOSS development
  • With leaders like these, Free Software will never win
  • Design in the FOSS world
  • Naming names

Enterprises: Embrace open source development or go extinct

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OSS A Forrester analyst warns that enterprises must evolve their IT systems of record into systems of engagement which allow customers, partners, suppliers and machines to engage seamlessly with corporate data — or fall prey to digital upstarts.

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