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Perforce: Linux, Open Source Commitment High

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thevarguy.com: Should companies that produce mostly proprietary software invest in Linux development? In one sense, that seems as illogical as the artisanal-organic bread guy from the local farmers’ market buying shares in Wonder Bread. But

Has Microsoft finally embraced open source?

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infoworld.com: By implementing Git in its developer tools, Microsoft is using GPL-licensed software -- and perhaps ending its war on open source

VLC Multimedia Player Shows Changing Open Source License Is Hard, But Possible

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techdirt.com: Licenses lie at the heart of open source -- and many other kinds of "open" too. That's because they are used to define the rights of users, and to ensure those rights are passed on -- that the intellectual commons is not enclosed. Their central importance explains in part the flamewars that erupt periodically over which license is "best."

Why I contribute my changes to Libreoffice and won’t re-license

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mmohrhard.wordpress: So after reading several times on another mailing list that Libreoffice developers should relicense their patches to make them available to other descendents in the OpenOffice.org ecosystem I’m explaining why I contribute to the Libreoffice project and license my changes only as LGPLv3+/MPL.

Closed minds of "Open Source" eject iTWire from Linux conference

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itwire.com: In the more than 30 years that I have been involved with the tech industry I have seen a lot of strange things but none stranger than the events of today at the Linux Conference Australia. iTWire senior Linux writer Sam Varghese has been ejected from the conference.

9 Things That Are Never Admitted About Open Source

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datamation.com: You might think that a group of intelligent people like the members of the free and open source software (FOSS) community would be free of hidden taboos. But you would be wrong.

Open-Source Advocate Warns about Privacy Concerns

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michigandaily.com: Richard Stallman doesn’t have a cell phone. He doesn’t buy DVDs, doesn’t use Windows or Mac OS laptops and doesn’t use closed-source commercial software. He is not on Facebook and has never owned a car.

Interview with Open Source Advocate Keith Curtis on Software Wars

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opensource.com: The impact of software has changed our lives. But the average technology consumer doesn't realize how important having access to source code and an open development process is to our overall freedom. Keith Curtis, a University of Michigan dropout turned decade-long programmer at Microsoft turned open source advocate, wants to change that.

2012: Top Ten FOSS Legal Developments

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lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: The year 2012 had many important FOSS legal developments which reflects the continued increase in FOSS use. Continuing the tradition of looking back over top ten legal developments in FOSS my selection of the top ten issues for 2012 are as follows:

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Leftovers: KDE

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