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Why FOSS Matters to Me (But Maybe Not to You)

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earthweb.com: The Free Software Foundation is having a video contest on the subject "Why is free software important to you?" It's a timely topic, with Windows 7 just out and with the free software community's bickering so bitter as of late that common goals sometimes seem in danger of being forgotten.

MS pulls download tool over GPL violation accusation

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  • Microsoft pulls download tool over GPL violation accusation
  • SFLC tech director finds one new GPL violator every day

Riddle me this license, riddle me that.

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toolbox.com/blogs: The biggest difference between open source software and proprietary software, apart from being able to see the code, are the licenses governing their usage.

Did Microsoft Borrow GPL Code For a Windows 7 Utility?

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slashdot.org: Rafael Rivera over at WithinWindows.com has found evidence that Microsoft has potentially stolen code from an open source/GPL'd project (ImageMaster) for a utility made available on the Microsoft Store to allow download customers to copy the Windows 7 setup files to a DVD or USB Flash Drive.

KDE's Matthias Ettrich Receives German Federal Cross of Merit

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dot.kde.org: Today at 4pm CET at the Center for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues at the Berlin Senate, KDE founder Matthias Ettrich was decorated with the German Federal Cross of Merit for his contributions to Free Software.

Has Google Become a Good Open Source Citizen?

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Open Source: More than a License

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ostatic.com/blog: Has the terminology finally evolved in the debate over "who's open source?" It would seem so. After years of haggling over the essence of open source, free software or other monikers, Simon Phipps gets right to the point in "A Remarkable Reversal" - his critique of Richard Stallman's joint letter to the EC regarding Oracle and MySQL.

Also: Report: Oracle not yielding to EU with Sun buy

FOSS, FUD and Freeloaders

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igneousquill.net: The open source community is, in my experience, a fairly friendly place for the most part. Seriously. Only rarely do I run into serious jerks in the FOSS crowd. When I do, though, the circumstances usually follow a pattern.

eWEEK at 25: Open Source Has Proven a Remarkably Fertile Platform

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eweek.com: PC Week's (now eWEEK's) birth year—1984—was a busy one for technology. One platform that began to take shape at that time was focused not on hardware or software but on licensing. Richard Stallman quit his job at MIT to start the GNU project and the open-source model has since driven much innovation in enterprise technology.

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