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Black Duck Report is Meaningless Without Source Code

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softwarefreedom.org: Black Duck Software recently published some summary statistics about free and open source software license adoption. Any of these conclusions might be reasonable if the 5% figure was meaningful, but Black Duck has given us no reason to believe it is; if anything, their own statements suggest it isn't.

Open-source Bias Cheered, Booed in Planned EC Rules Review

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pcworld.com: Industry groups criticized and praised on Monday what they consider is a bias in favor of open-source software in the European Commission's plans to update the rules governing industry standard technologies.

Interim decision in Swiss open source case

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h-online.com: The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has issued an interim verdict in a legal action brought by a group of open source companies against the Swiss Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL) for awarding a software procurement contract to Microsoft without a tendering process.

Brazilian President brings attention to Free Software

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blog.worldlabel.com: In a symbolic show of support for Free Open Source Software and the OpenDocument Format, Brazilian President Lula da Silva recently attended the Linux-related FISL 10 conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he gave an address underscoring the importance of Free Open Source Software.

Celebrating freedom with open source

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Happy Independence day to my US readers. This holiday is a celebration of the United States adoption of the Declaration of Independence which declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. I thought it would be a good day to remind everyone what open source is all about…

Also: Freedom is not Free for Countries nor Computer Users

How open source is growing up

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bbc.co.uk: There is no doubt that free technologies, mainly open source software, are proving more popular both inside and outside the computer industry.

The Open Source Public Relations Engine

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linuxjournal.com: Has Open Source lost its mojo? Has it become so common place that there are no real innovations to talk about? Or is it simply the summer lull?

GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both

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  • GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both

  • Black Duck Highlights Diversity in Open Source Licensing
  • GPL, ScummVM and violations
  • The Doctor Who Model of Open Source

Stallman and Mono: Not As Mono-Lithic As You'd Think

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  • Considerations on Patents that Read on Language Infrastructure

  • Stallman and Mono: Not As Mono-Lithic As You'd Think
  • C# And the rights to use it
  • Much Ado over Mono (Flowchart Included)
  • Will Microsoft threaten open source C# implementations?
  • Miquel de Icaza: MonoTouch

Are we mis-selling 'open source'?

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computerworlduk.com: Specifically I am thinking about our attempts to explain the nature and importance of open source Software to people who have barely heard of it.

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