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Can Professors Teach Open Source?

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opensource.com: At teachingopensource.org, we think so, and we wrote a book to help. The following excerpt comes from the Foreword of our new textbook, Practical Open Source Software Exploration, which is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0. I

Proprietary Licenses Are Even Worse Than They Look

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ebb.org/bkuhn/blog: There are lots of evil things that proprietary software companies might do. Companies put their own profit above the rights and freedoms of their users, and to that end, much that can be done that subjugates users.

VC funding for OSS-related vendors in 2009

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blogs.the451group.com: The latest report from the 451 Group’s CAOS (commercial adoption of open source) practice is now available, presenting an analysis of venture capital funding for open source software-related vendors in 2009.

IBM Denies Breaking Its Open Source Promise

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  • IBM Denies Breaking Its Open Source Promise
  • IBM patent claims show open source has arrived

IBM tears up open source patent pledge

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  • IBM tears up open source patent pledge, claims FOSS
  • IBM: Open Source's Friend? Not So Much Now
  • IBM uses pledged patents against open source mainframe emulator

Emacs & the birth of the GPL

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h-online.com: For many the old aphorism that "Emacs is my operating system, and Linux its device driver" still holds true.

5 reasons to support Open Source Software

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  • 5 reasons why you must support the spread of OSS
  • Open Source: Computing for the masses
  • Weekly OSS Links #5

Open Innovation's Challenge: Letting Go Is Hard To Do

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businessweek.com: Open-source software provides an important example of how companies can leverage external sources of innovation. In practice, however, big high-tech companies often have a difficult time collaborating and sharing control.

Enforcement of the GNU GPL in Germany and Europe

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groklaw.net: GPL enforcement is successful in Europe. In several court decisions and out of court settlements the license conditions of the GPL have been successfully enforced.

Community Open Source as the Raw Material of Computing Utility Providers

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dirkriehle.com: It’s April 2nd, so the Apache Software Foundation’s 2010 April Fools’ joke is over. Here is why I liked it a lot. It represents a hypothetical: What if the ASF and its projects could be bought? Or, if not bought, then put under control or strong influence of corporate interests like in traditional open source consortia?

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  • There's an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo on Google Maps
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    Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted by Team Android, if you head to these coordinates with the regular Map view enabled, you'll see Google's iconic Android mascot taking a leak on the Apple logo. At the moment, it's unclear who created this little piece of mischief and whether Google is taking action. But if this hidden message is any indication, it was snuck through by a member of the public using Google's Map Maker service, rather than a Google employee. Regardless, it's a crazy (and pretty hilarious) addition that's sure to rile some of the employees in Cupertino. Shots fired!
  • Sony's Android TV-powered 4K televisions are ridiculously thin
    Four models from Sony’s 2015 Android TV-powered 4K television range are now available for pre-order, with shipping to begin in May. The Japanese electronics giant unveiled its 4K TV lineup for 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but kept pricing and release information to itself, only saying the new sets would be available sometime in the spring. Those details are finally here and the TVs themselves aren’t far off.
  • Android Wear v1.1 APK has Apple references in it, but when is iOS support coming?
    That Google is working on iOS support for Android Wear is nearly undeniable at this point, but even more evidence has surfaced in case you aren’t a believer. We peeked inside the latest Android Wear update APK to see what hidden bits were swarming about, and we came across some very interesting references.
  • 5 Things to Expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Release
    A few weeks ago, an Android 5.1.1 update mysteriously appeared alongside an update for Google’s Android SDK. Earlier this week, Google finally confirmed the Nexus Android 5.1.1 release with an update for its Nexus Player. With an Android 5.1.1 update now on the minds of Nexus users, particularly Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release from Google.

The Turing Phone Is Super Durable and Ultra Secure

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