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Open-source software boon to Oregon economy

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"As the open-source movement has matured, its backers say it has grown beyond a fanatical element rebelling against the high-tech establishment into a viable model for technological development."

The open-source key to lasting software

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Dan Bricklin, who helped kick-start the personal computer revolution in the 1980s as co-inventor of VisiCalc, recently named by [Boston] Governor Romney to a state information technology advisory panel, [states] open source is key to creating "Software That Lasts 200 Years."

Open-Source Guru Says JCP Is Too Closed

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"While Sun Microsystems Inc. moves to open-source its Solaris operating system and releases key patents in a nod to the open-source community, the company still takes a rap for hampering open source in other ways."

New OSI President Steps Down

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Russ Nelson, the newly elected president of the Open Source Initiative, resigned his office retroactively to Feb. 23 amidst accusations of racism. He states, "I'm resigning from the presidency of the Open Source Initiative, effective last Wednesday (2/23). I have waited to make this announcement because it is not easy to admit inadequacy publicly."

CA confirms plans for open source patent pledge

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"Systems management vendor Computer Associates International has confirmed that it intends to pledge a number of its patents to the open source community to remove any perceived threat against the Linux operating system."

KDE's FOSDEM report

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Jonathan Riddell has posted news and pictures of Europe's biggest meeting of Free Software developers last weekend. He briefs us on the discussions and drops some big names. It sounds like it was great. Wish I could have been there. Big Grin

Concerns About Open Source "Zealots"

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"Speaking live on SYS-CON.TV, Linux Business Week editor-in-chief Maureen O'Gara talked with SYS-CON Media West Coast bureau chief Roger Strukhoff about a variety of issues, including zealotry and what she interprets as the "anti-capitalist" overtones of the open source movement."

Open Source Getting More Attention

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Open source software seems to be becoming a buzz word and increasingly more trendy with mainstream companies.

IBM backs open-source Web software

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"IBM is putting its corporate heft behind a popular open-source Web development technology called PHP, in a move meant to reach out to a broader set of developers."

EBay eyes open source

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Following a path laid by open source developers, eBay may open up some of its source code in order to quicken the pace of application development and open up new business opportunities.

Study Find Open Source More Secure

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Well, duh? ACM Queue has published a summary of a study on open source vs. proprietary software. The study finds that the open source projects are advantageous due to "the existence of a large pool of testers and developers facilitates debugging and the true peer review of the code results in better code." On the down side

Government agencies adopt open source

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Starting with the tagline, "State, cities see savings in sharing software," the Boston Globe writes, "State and city governments, spearheaded by Massachusetts, are becoming the newest converts to the open source software movement."

Future of the GPL

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Stephen Shankland has written an interesting read of the current re-vamping of the General Public License governing Linux distributions and much of the associated software. Highlights include how to intermingle open source and proprietary software and some of the big players positions.

LA County Considering Open Source

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FCW.com is carrying a story describing how LA County is considering using open source software for it's many desktops in order to save millions of dollars. I think it's a good idea and hopefully will lead to a trend all over the country.

More Summit Notes

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Information Week has another story covering last weeks Open Source Summit with quotes from Linus and others on the future plans for the kernel, the patent issues, and standards. A nice read.

Linux leaders at open-source summit

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Here's a long borin^H^Hserious story on how Linux was represented at last weeks open-source summit. I didn't read too much of it, but it might interest you hard core advocates.

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