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Open source review crucial

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The GPL -- perhaps the best known open source software licence -- is being rewritten. The concept of "open source" software was first put forward about 20 years ago by computer programmer Richard Stallman. It began as a philosophical notion that software should be distributed in a form that allows it to be modified by its users.

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Sun To Publish Draft For Open-Source DRM Specs

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Sun Microsystems Inc. will publish open-source technical drafts for conditional access specifications (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) within the next 10 days, the company said Friday.

Oracle may buy 3 more companies

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Oracle Corp. is in talks to spend up to $600 million to buy three software companies in its biggest embrace yet of open source software, according to news reports.

Open-Source Advocates Ask for Patience in GPL 3 Debate

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Open-source code advocates are calling for cooler heads to prevail in the often-heated debate about many of the revised terms in the first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3 that was released in early January.

An open source cure for BlackBerry's woes?

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If BlackBerry maker RIM Research in Motion has to shut down its over-the-air email service because of its legal battles with intellectual property-holding company NTP, the open-source wireless email company Funambol may be able to keep Blackberries working.

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Open Source & The Fallacy Of Composition

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Recently I posted about the Fallacy Of Composition (which says that an advantage shared by everyone is not an advantage) and how it applies digital music: If everyone can make and distribute music cheaply, the price they can charge goes down and they all make less money. It should apply to open source as well. Is there an escape route?

Microsoft has a problem says maddog

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"People will be going through a big change with the (Microsoft) Vista project. There's a lot of people who are still on Windows 95 and 98 and moving from that to Vista is going to be a big move. It will require new hardware but some of their hardware is still viable in the Linux space so instead of going to Vista they'll go to Linux."

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California to Hold Hearing Tomorrow on Open Source Software in Election Systems

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Senator Debra Bowen, chairwoman of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee today announced a hearing by the committee to look at how private companies, as well as state and federal agencies, have begun using "open source software" and where it can or should be used in California's electoral system.

Will public schools use Microsoft or open source?

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THERE is now a brewing issue on whether government should use Microsoft or open source-based software in the second phase of the "PCs for Public Schools Project" of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says a government source privy to the bidding.

How to avoid open source licensing pitfalls

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Open source software can offer users great commercial advantages when care is taken to address intellectual property issues and minimise contractual risks.

Taking On the Database Giants

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Can open-source upstarts compete with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft? It's an uphill battle, but customers are starting to look at the alternatives

Fixing Patents, Open-Source Style

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The U.S. Patent Office has a big problem with how it grants software patents. And open-source developers are ready to help it out.

Also: Patent Office takes second look at JPEG

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To Russia From IBM: A Hand With Open Source Development

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IBM is offering free software and educational resources for developers in Russia. The move, announced Friday, is intended to help encourage the creation of new applications based on open standards and open source.

French police uses open source for variety, consistency

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France has two national police forces, each reporting to a different ministry. One ministry is trying to avoid the kind of IT monoculture that allows viruses to spread and disable all key systems; the other wants to bring uniformity to a sprawling IT infrastructure. Both are turning to open source software to achieve their aims.

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