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Two fallacies of choice

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ohjeezlinux.wordpress: Five years later, I still think Adam Jackson’s “Linux is not about choice” might be the best thing ever posted to fedora-devel-list.

Why it's time to stop using open source licences

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h-online.com: Free software is built on a paradox. In order to give freedom to users, free software licences use something that takes away freedom – copyright, which is an intellectual monopoly based on limiting people's freedom to share, not enlarging it.

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.

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    Attackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses. Last week, a patch was issued for the denial-of-service flaw, which affects all versions of BIND 9, open-source software originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s.
  • Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs
    The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure. Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren’t. It turns out this isn’t true. Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of MACs. What’s more, the researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.