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Measuring Open Source Success

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networkworld.com: Much has been made of the fact that Red Hat will be the first billion dollar company using an open source model. Many people say that Red Hat will also be the only company to ever reach a billion dollars based on an open source model. I have written before that I think there is more than one way to skin the open source success story.

Linux should copy Apple on user rapport

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zdnet.com.au: The Linux operating system and other open software projects are under threat because they've failed to develop the sympathy for users manifested by companies such as Apple, according to luminary Bruce Perens.

Breaking down the gender divide in open source

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techworld.com.au: The tipping point for Linux kernel developer Valerie Aurora was when one of her friends was groped for the third time in a single year at a conference.

Making a case for excluding users from open source

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codeghar.wordpress: Open source or free software is meant to remove the shackles of proprietary software binding users all over the world. This in itself is a very noble idea and goal. However, it’s also a very tough goal. Not because people are happy with their shackles but because most people don’t care about them.

Perens: the FOSS fire still burns

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itwire.com: Bruce Perens looks a bit disoriented as he comes into the hotel lobby, looking for me. "Anyone here called Sam?" he calls out. The tiredness is evident on his face after the long haul from the US to Australia.

Open source or proprietary software, which way to go?

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businessdailyafrica.com: Microsoft controls close to 90 per cent of the global computer software market. Whether open source software is less costly to administer than proprietary software, argue the experts, depends largely on

Is Open Source Easier Than Commercial Software?

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datamation.com: In the era of shrinking budgets and ever tightening restrictions surrounding legacy software, I believe the future of enterprise computing is ultimately going to be open source in nature.

You made a mistake, your noob!

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My noob what? Indeed. The spelling is intentional. I feel like ranting, and I'm not even angry, it's insane. Anyhow, please enjoy this very fine rant about the misplaced focus on little details and newbie bashing in the open-source and Linux world in reaction to user errors and bugs in software as an alternative to real strategic market goals.

2011: Top Ten FOSS Legal Developments

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: This year, 2011, was one of the most active years in legal developments in FOSS. This activity reflects the increase in FOSS use: Laura Wurster of Gartner, noted in the Harvard Business Review blog that open source has hit a “strategic tipping point” this year.

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