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FLOSS in Egypt (and bits of the Middle-East)

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geekyogre.com: One of the biggest benefits of FLOSS is that it is for free and open source. Which a lot of developed countries learned how to make use of, decrease costs and generate profit. It has become a trend that more and more nations are adopting in sense of deployment and contribution. Yet where I come from people are not catching up on the trend.

Does Free Software deserve a Nobel Prize?

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Jon maddog Hall: I woke up on the morning of October 9th to find that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. As I read his acceptance speech, I thought about Free and Open Source Software, and applied parts of his speech to my favorite subject.

The Situation Now (2019)

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trombonechamp.wordpress: Sam opened his eyes to the sun shining in his window, birds chirping outside, and the smell of a fresh summer breeze. Sam got himself ready, grabbed a bite to eat, and jumped on the bus on his way to his job at the Proprietary Software Foundation.

Why open source will never rule the desktop and why it doesn’t have to

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crunchgear.com: Ubuntu is lovely. KDE is great. Debian is the bomb. Even OS X is pretty hot stuff. But none of them will ever take the desktop. That’s because the desktop is dying and they have already taken the second – soon-to-be central screen – the cellphone and that’s more than enough. Open source is now mobile.

Netgear responds to open source concerns for WNR3500L router

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icrontic.com: We contacted Netgear to receive their perspective on the issue, and they wrote back to let us know that their Senior Product Line Manager Som Pal Choudhury has written a post which describes Netgear’s stance.

Nonprofit Runs On Open Source

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informationweek.com: It's not easy to run an organization with 1,500 PCs on almost no Microsoft products, but that's what Mosaic is doing with the help of open source and cloud computing.

On the future of Open Source thought leadership

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zdnet.com/perlow: My last article on Richard M. Stallman’s verbal attack on Miguel de Icaza and his continuing crusade against anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of the Free Software community seems to have struck a chord.

Source Code Isn't A Standard

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informationweek.com/blog: Savio Rodrigues just wrote about a colleague testing a bunch of browsers based on the open source WebKit rendering engine. To his dismay, "no two are exactly the same". Or, as he put it, "A WebKit-based browser is, well, whatever the vendor wants it to be."

FSF urges non-profits to reject Windows 7

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theinquirer.net: THE FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION (FSF) is to write to the leaders of 500 of the most influential non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide to urge them to refuse Windows 7. The move is a stepping up of the FSF's campaign timed to coincide with the launch of Windows 7 and follows an earlier letter sent to 499 chief executives of Fortune 500 companies.

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