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Has Apache lost its way?

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OSS Complaints of stricture over structure, signs of technical prowess on the wane -- the best days of the Apache Software Foundation may be behind

Ode to Groklaw: A Requiem for What Was Lost

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Web (blog safari): Groklaw is "truly the canary in the coal mine," suggested blogger Martin Espinoza. "When it is no longer possible to tell the truth online sufficiently for it to exist, none of us have the freedom of speech.

FSFE opposes claim that free software harms consumers

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OSS Does no-cost software harm consumers? The FairSearch coalition thinks so, at least when it comes to Google: They say Google engages in predatory pricing when it distributes Android – a Linux-based mobile operating system – without charge. Recently, FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe) responded in a letter to the European Commission, labeling as "wrong" and "dangerous" FairSearch’s claims.

Also: The litigation business – The Free Software Column

Hobbyist coder 2.0 spreads open source in 2013

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OSS The survey was offered to 8,000 individuals, including 4,000 professional electrical design engineers who had purchased dev kits or dev-kit-related products in the year leading up to April 2013, as well as 4,000 sundry buyers of dev kits or related products

Patterns and practices for open source software success

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OSS How do you create a successful free or open source software project? There are two parts to success:

Open source has won, let's look to the future

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OSS Here I expand on the lessons I've learned from other people working in open source, new technologies emerging in open source that haven't come of age yet, my passion for open source not being a Zero Sum game, and bringing open source to other parts of society and industry.

How open source took root in one Pennsylvania school district

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OSS Since public education communities have historically been biased toward the traditional, you might guess that, at the very least, open source was long considered a little outlandish. Part of my journey [was] to challenge this mindset.

Open Source License Trivia

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OSS The world of open source licenses is really quite interesting if you give it a chance. The premise of taking the restrictive presumption of copyright law and using it to do the opposite, that is, grant a broad range of rights creates some interesting license language, to say the least.

Announcing winners of the caption contest

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OSS When we launched our first-ever caption contest last month, we gave readers the simple guideline (not mandate) that our judges would likely favor captions with an open source theme. We were surprised and pleased to see that every reader seemed to take that advice to heart.

Is Apache the Most Important Open Source Project?

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OSS Back in the mists of time - I'm talking about 2000 here - when free software was still viewed by many as a rather exotic idea, I published a book detailing its history up to that point. Naturally, I wrote about Apache (the Web server, not the foundation) there, since even in those early days it was already the sectoral leader.

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Radeon DRM Linux 4.4 + Mesa 11.1 + DRI3 vs. AMD's Proprietary Driver

On Friday I posted benchmarks showing Nouveau's re-clocked performance relative to NVIDIA's proprietary driver for showing the performance potential of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600/700 series with the performance state code there beginning to work. That article was followed by AMDGPU driver tests on Linux 4.4 against Catalyst for the newest AMD GPU tech that uses this newer Direct Rendering Manager driver. The third test now is comparing the Radeon DRM performance on Linux 4.4 against AMD's binary blob when using older AMD GCN GPUs as well as a Northern Islands GPU for reference. Read more

Sabayon 15.12 Updates Plasma 5, GNOME 3.18 Goes Into Testing

Sabayon Linux continues to be one of the easiest ways to setup a Gentoo-based environment. With Sabayon 15.12, GNOME 3.18 packages were added to their testing repositories, KDE Plasma 5 was updated against KDE Frameworks 5.16 and KDE Plasma 5.4.3, and there is support inbound for ARM. The Sabayon project intends to release Raspberry Pi 2 images in the near future. Read more Also: Gentoo-Based Sabayon Linux 15.12 Is Out, Raspberry Pi 2 Version Incoming

Solus Operating System Gets a Fix for Acer C720 Boot

The Solus developers have been working to fix a problem with their system on the famous Acer C720 laptop. It might not seem like a big deal, but that’s only for people who don’t have an Acer C720. Read more