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Telling the open source story - Part 1

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opensource.com: As open source software becomes more mainstream, it's easy to forget how amazing it is. Countless individuals, donating their time and sharing their brainpower, work to build a shared infrastructure on which the world's computing is done. Amazing.

Software Freedom and the GNU GPL

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ubuntuwicohan.blogspot: The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) is perhaps one of the easiest software licenses to both understand and use. Yet, in part due to corporate astroturfing campaigns of deliberate disinformation, it and the concept of software freedom is often also misunderstood.

Documenting and challenging community misogyny

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linux-magazine.com: Not much has changed since I first reported on sexism in free software over a year ago. Probably the biggest change is that small groups of people are now talking about the situation, and trying to document it and find solutions --

Open source 'community' doesn't exist

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techradar.com: Many users, forums and magazines like to speak of the open source community. It's the glue that holds free software together. It's a term that implies cooperation and cohesion, when there's just too much conflict and disagreement for this to happen. Instead, there are disparate groups of individuals, businesses and enterprises, as with any other operating system.

blockers that prevent open source being taught

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opensource.com: One of the hardest things about trying to bridge two worlds--for instance, open source communities and academic institutions--is all the stuff you don't hear on a daily basis when you're working remotely.

Fear of Forking

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redmonk.com/sogrady: The fear of forking remains rampant in spite of the rise of Git, Mercurial and the other decentralized standard bearers. Perhaps because instantiations of Git and its decentralized brothers, for all of their popularity amongst the developer elite, remain heavily outnumbered by the legacy version control alternatives.

Will Mark Zuckerberg Prove He's Open Source's BFF?

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blogs.computerworlduk: Although I don't use it much myself, I've heard that Facebook is quite popular in some quarters. This makes its technological moves important, especially when they impact free software. Yesterday, we had what most have seen as a pretty big announcement from the company that does precisely that:

open source model is key to future development

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osswatch.jiscinvolve: What continues to surprise me most about open source software (OSS) development is how the particular mindset OSS embodies has seeped into an incredibly diverse range of discussion that transcends software itself.

Open Source and the Federal Budget Squeeze, Part 1

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linuxinsider.com: "If there's anything federal agencies put a premium on, it's streamlining costs," said Jaspersoft CEO Brian Gentile. "Deploying open source software generally takes less time and fewer resources than proprietary software.

Should Companies That Use Open Source Software Pay a Tithe?

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technologyreview.com: The founder of search engine Duck Duck Go just pledged 10 percent of the site's income--will anyone follow suit?

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