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GNU Four Freedoms Translated for Users

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thelinuxlink.net: I was reading an article about Freesoftware adoption and it noted that the freedoms afforded by the GNU Gpl were written largely for developers not end users. So I figured I would take a shot at positing the four freedoms to general users.

Open Source’s Dying Narrative

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infoworld.com: Brian Prentice over at Gartner has posted an interesting blog article called "Open Source's Dying Narrative." While I don't quite get the title, it's an insightful piece about how open source has attracted attention and (gasp) money.

Why people don't use free software

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linux-magazine.com: Whenever ideas run short, columnists and bloggers like to pontificate about why free and open source software isn't more successful. Inevitably, they trot out the same old explanations. My efforts to persuade people to use free software have suggested to me an explanation so simple that it is seldom mentioned --

Responding Sanely to Sexism in FOSS

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ostatic.com/blog: I've been watching the latest kerfuffle about sexism in the FOSS community with a combination of concern and dismay. Concern, because it's an issue I care deeply about and dismay because both sides are so busy screaming at each other, no one is stopping to listen.

The best free open source software for Mac OS X

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computerworld.com: Most Mac lovers love the Mac for the carefully wrought user interfaces and the crisp design, and never pay attention to the open source at the heart of the operating system. But underneath this beautiful facade is a heart built upon the rich -- if often chaotic -- world of open source software.

What's new with Open Source for America?

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infoworld.com: Open Source for America (OSFA) was announced as a coalition to encourage U.S. federal government support of, and participation in, open source projects and technologies. If that sounds like a broad-reaching goal, it is. Nearly three months after the group's debut, I was interested to learn what progress OSFA has made toward this goal.

What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software?

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fsf.org/blogs: What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software? While the following example may seem a little far-fetched, it is a pretty good analogy to understand the importance of user freedoms in software.

The Great Software Freedom Debate, Part 368

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ostatic.com/blog: It seems that we can never quite get away from our industry's version of "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin." Namely, how open source are you? Or, as it is usually expressed: I'm more open source than you.

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