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Open Source Power for Small Business in 2014

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The biggest impact that open source software offers small business in 2014 takes place in the cloud. Open source software powers the cloud—where you can take advantage of both hosted software and services, and hosted IT infrastructure (e.g., servers). We're already used to hosted services such as Web and mail hosting. They're convenient and cheap, and they prevent headaches.

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My top 10 open source software

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I must say that they changed my life both as I started to use different software but the most important thing, in my opinion, is that I’ve discovered a different way to think to software and collaboration, or should I say understand what really means Free software ?

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Docker Raises $15M to Advance Open-Source Container Virtualization

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"While Docker itself will always remain free and open source, we are busy gearing up for the launch of both hosted services around Docker and commercial support for Docker," Golub said.

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Heise Breaks Promise: Takes ‘H Online’ Offline, Essentially Deleting Thousands of High-Quality FOSS Articles

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Heinz Heise, a publisher based in Hannover (Germany), puts an end to English-speaking coverage of FOSS and then buries all the articles

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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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