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The BBC's digital rights plans will wreak havoc on open source software

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OSS Last summer, the BBC tried to sneak "digital rights management" into its high-def digital broadcasts. How can free/open source software co-exist with a plan to put DRM on broadcasts?

10 questions to ask when selecting open source products for your enterprise

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OSS During the current economic downturn, enterprises are increasingly adopting open source systems due to their significant cost advantages and their liberal license policies. Below are 10 questions you can ask to evaluate open source maturity.

Five things Free Software has taught me

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trombonechamp.wordpress: I’ve been in Free Software for a few years now and learned a ton from it. Sure, I learned how to use new types of software, became efficient on them, and honed my programming skills, but stopping there would be missing the point. Free software has so much more to offer than just computing and technical benefits.

A Concise Introduction to Free and Open Source Software

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OSS Over the past few months, I've been reading several books on the early days of FOSS (I hope to review them later), each based upon extensive interviews with those that made FOSS happen. That's been especially revealing, because in recent years I've gotten to know many of the same individuals, and didn't always appreciate the roles that they had played in the early days of FOSS.

9 Ways To Avoid Open Source Pitfalls

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OSS Microsoft recently rather sheepishly said it would open source its Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. The company didn't really want to do this, but there wasn't much choice once developers discovered that the software was built using open source code protected by licenses based on General Public License v2.

few points gleaned from time at informationweek

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OSS The only constant thing is change, and change has come my way. As of the end of 2009, I'll be leaving InformationWeek -- so over the next couple of days I thought I'd sum up a few points gleaned during my time here.

Hug Your Favorite FOSS Contributors Today

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OSS Many things money cannot buy; I think most of us have left jobs, even when we thought we couldn't afford to, because we just couldn't take it anymore, and no amount of money would have made us stay. It's no different in FOSS.

Understanding licenses, bit by bit (2)

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  • Understanding licenses, bit by bit (2)
  • How to avoid modern day public GPL floggings
  • Complying with the GPL: How to Avoid Being Named in the Next GPL Lawsuit
  • License Management of Windows vs. Linux
  • EU settlement: ECMA 376 not ISO 29500

Open Source Minus People Equals Zero

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OSS Open source has a life of its own, to be sure. But without warm bodies in the driver's seat, there's no more going on than with any other program that has no human component.

How Open-Source Software Can Affect A Company's Value

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OSS Open-source software is an increasingly popular software development and distribution model that may spread further in the face of financial constraints in our current economy. With publicly available source code generally offered without charge, it is tempting to look to open source for potentially significant cost savings in this time of need. But not so fast.

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