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Why sharing matters more than marketshare to GNU/Linux

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: In a recent article, Ryan Cartwright argued that free software isn’t playing the “same game” as proprietary software is. He’s right—but that begs the question: what game is GNU/Linux playing?

Why Free Software has poor usability, and how to improve it

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mpt.net.nz: When I wrote the first version of this article six years ago, I called it “Why Free Software usability tends to suck”. Today’s best open source applications and operating systems are better than they were then. But

The Victor Raisys Back Story

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groklaw.net: Do you, by any chance, remember the name Victor Raisys? He was a technology analyst at Soundview Technology Group, who predicted difficulties for Linux when the SCO litigation began in 2003. Guess where he worked before?

When software protection is good for FOSS

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raiden.net: Recently there have been numerous discussions on software and media piracy, with a few people even saying that open source could be the solution to stopping software piracy. However, software piracy is one of open source's biggest enemies, and few people realize that.

Bruce Perens: Microsoft and Apache - What's the Angle?

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itmanagement.earthweb.com: For a decade, Microsoft was open source's worst enemy, combating it at every turn. But last week Microsoft joined the Apache open source project as a platinum sponsor, promising to put $100,000 per year into a project that beats its own IIS (Internet Information Services) in the market. Microsoft also made some of their patents available for use in GPL software like Linux without a royalty. Has Redmond given up the fight? Or is this just their latest strategy?

Free for All: Open Source Software

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schoollibraryjournal.com: So what is open source software (OSS)? It’s software that is free in every sense of the word: free to download, free to use, and free to view or modify. Most OSS is distributed on the Web and you don’t need to sign a license agreement to use it. In fact, you’re probably using OSS and may not know it.

Penguins in Tel Aviv? It Must Be the Annual Open-Source Convention

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ostatic.com: Israel, where I live, is known for its large number of high-tech startups. But when I moved here in 1995, Linux and the idea of open source software was virtually unknown, even among programmers. It was thus a delight to spend this (Friday) morning with 250-300 other open-source advocates, at the annual "August Penguin" conference.

How Open Source Is Your Open Source?

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opensource.org: Michael DeHaan has an excellent post entitled "How Open Source Is Your Open Source?". I dare say it is his best post despite getting in a few (Linux) distro biased comments. He proposes a set of community standards that determine the real health and openness of Open Source. In my opinion, a major problem with OSI at the moment is that it perpetuates (mainly indeliberately) that a mere license makes something Open Source.

Top Screencast Sites for Open-Source

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ostatic.com: Let's say that you've decided to start using a new programming language or framework. How can you learn what to do, or take some initial steps? Years ago, the obvious answer was the buy a book, or perhaps a magazine. Today, you're likely to read an online tutorial, or one of the many blogs that have sprung up about many of these technologies.

Eight Ways VARs Can Profit From Linux And Open Source

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Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux. While I've been writing about Intel's Beignet project since early 2013, it's probably been about a year now since I tried out the code, which is developed by Intel's OTC graphics team in China. This weekend I tried out Beignet v0.9.2 as trying out the newest Intel OpenCL code has been on my TODO list for a while and it's been working out rather well in my initial tests. Read more