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Another Reason Open Source is Better: No Abandonware

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computerworlduk.com: There are many good reasons for choosing open source over proprietary software, notably the freedom it gives you, and the security that comes from allowing anyone to look for bugs.

FSF files objection to Google Book Search settlement

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fsf.org: Today the Free Software Foundation (FSF) filed an objection in court to the proposed Google Book Search settlement (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.). The objection urges the court to reject the proposed settlement unless it incorporates terms that better address the needs of authors using free licenses.

Red Hat's Whitehurst: What Next For Open Source?

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eweekeurope.co.uk: Red Hat can't match Microsoft or Oracle's marketing budgets, but the open source paradigm gives it an advantage in the long term, chief executive Jim Whitehurst told eWEEK Europe.

GPL is the the most successful copyright licence ever

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computerworld.co.nz: The Gnu General Public Licence (GPL) has been around in one form or another since the Gnu manifesto published by Richard Stallman in 1985. Why, in this web services world, is the GPL still so popular and still so relevant. There are a number of reasons:

Radio Station KRUU Saves Thousands Thanks to Open Source Software

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Ubuntu

ostatic.com/blog: Open source radios are nothing new, but what about open source radio stations? Behind the scenes, KRUU staff relies on Ubuntu as its primary operating system.

The Stallman Paradox

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planet.gnu.org: Until society can resolve what I will call for the first time the “Stallman Paradox”, where learning and access enabling technologies, such as for example digital books, conversely disables the freedom to read and hence more than negates the actual benefits of said access, the rush to embrace all digital libraries and textbooks is a rush to a new dark ages.

Murphy's Law: Open-Source Should Go Unrewarded

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maximumpc.com: Why do open-source programs win awards? Or, rather, what is it about open-source that makes us so prone to dishing out accolades--as if the very nature of a program being open-source somehow makes it indistinguishable from any other common application you can use. Why do we keep giving the same programs the same awards?

The human face of the FSFE

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blogs.fsfe.org: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is an organization that does a lot of behind-the-scenes things, mostly policy and legal, which can be a little hard to see at times. Of course we are always happy to support Free Software projects manage the legal and organizational aspects of, um, projecthood.

Grants, bounties and free software

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stormyscorner.com: The GNOME community has had mixed results with bounties and grants, so when Funambol community manager Stefano Maffulli contacted me about a GNOME grant and said they'd had success using grants for Funambol, I thought it'd be interesting to learn more about the program.

Best of Open Source Software Awards 2009

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infoworld.com: If you think you can easily whittle down the best open source software to a manageable number, you'll soon discover that you can't do it without a great deal of hair pulling, nail biting, and gnashing of teeth. To bring you this year's 40 top open source products -- our 2009 Bossie winners -- we pulled a couple of fast ones.

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