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Linux Paves Way for New “Open Source in America” Coalition

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  • Linux Paves Way for New “Open Source in America” Coalition

  • A New Voice for Open Source in Government
  • Open Source For America coalition formed
  • Red Hat, NCSU join movement to get feds to embrace Open Source
  • Open Source Leaders Team Up to Seek More Clout in Government

Ross Turk on the SourceForge Community Awards

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tuxradar.com: OSCON 2009 is in full swing, which means you can't walk more than 10 feet without tripping over a well-known geek. We’ve just spoken to Ross Turk, Director of Community at SourceForge, ahead of the Community Choice Awards on Thursday night. Here’s what he had to say.

Apollo 11 command module is released to open source

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computerworlduk.com/blogs: The software that helped take humans to the moon has been released to the developer open source community to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Why are people attacking RMS?

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itwire.com: When the two main desktop projects catering to free and open source software - KDE and GNOME - held their annual desktop summit at the same place for the first time, they probably expected nothing but messages of peace and harmony to emanate. Instead...

Richard Stallman: Bringer Of Doom

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lunduke.com: Richard Stallman is one of the largest problems we have in the Linux (and Open Source) world today. He is a poor spokesman and he is out of touch with modern (and, even, semi-modern) technology.

Linux Box: Open Source On The Grow

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wwj.com: Ann Arbor's Linux Box, which has spent the last 10 years writing custom open-source software applications for a long list of clients, says its business is growing rapidly enough that it's likely to boost staff by 50 percent to 20 within the next year or two.

Richard Stallman, Leadership, and Sexism

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earthweb.com: The Desktop Summit two weeks ago in Gran Canaria was supposed to be the first joint conference between GNOME and KDE. And, in the reporting, that's what it was. But in the blogs, the event is going down as the time that Richard Stallman was accused of sexism.

Every License has its Time and Place

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dirkriehle.com: The classic choice for the community license has been the GPL. The GPL supports building a community of users and customers while stalling competitors through its reciprocal nature.

Reports on the Death of the GPL …

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blogs.opennms.org: It’s funny, from my small corner of the world it seems like the GPL is under attack of late.

Open Source vs. Proprietary - Who Are The Real Zealots?

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penguinpetes.com: Linux is at war. Linux is under attack. Do you, dear reader, have any enemies? Who, pray tell? Your mother-in-law? That one manager at work? An ex-partner? You know who Linux's enemy is?

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