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Will FSF's summit on women in FOSS achieve anything?

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itwire.com: What a movement achieves depends greatly on the motivations behind it; when one is pushed to do something, then much less is achieved than if the movement arises spontaneously.

Why Users Dumped Your Open Source App for Proprietary Software

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itworld.com: FOSS adherents are happy to discuss all the reasons that open source is attractive. But the hard fact is that sometimes people try an open source application — such as yours — and they end up not using it.

Looking a gift horse in the mouth.

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toolbox.com/blogs: There are 10 types of software producers in the world. Yes, I know I used this joke before. There are those who produce software for money and those who produce software for free. Then there are the people who use that software.

Apple Open Sources Snow Leopard's Grand Central Dispatch

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appleinsider.com: Despite being a unique, key marketing feature of Snow Leopard, Apple has decided to open the code behind Grand Central Dispatch under the liberal Apache 2.0 license.

An open source flower wilts and dies

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toolbox.com/blogs: I knew of a little flower called Open Source. It started out as a seed and was given water, fertiliser and sunlight. This flower started growing and sending out roots, becoming stronger with every leaf. One day the fertiliser was changed.

Red Hat Funds Open Source Lab in New Gates Center

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campustechnology.com: In an ironic turn, Carnegie Mellon University will be housing a new open source computer lab funded by Red Hat in a new computer center funded by a $20 million lead gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Linux and OSS through car lover eyes

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raiden.net: This is an allegory on Linux and Open Source Software as seen through the eyes of a “gearhead” (aka car lover) and explained as such. If you're into cars, you'll love this little tale.

Sexism: Open Source Software's Dirty Little Secret

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earthweb.com: On September 19th, the GNOME Foundation and the Free Software Foundation will host a mini-summit on how to increase women's participation in the free and open source software (FOSS) communities.

Another Reason Open Source is Better: No Abandonware

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computerworlduk.com: There are many good reasons for choosing open source over proprietary software, notably the freedom it gives you, and the security that comes from allowing anyone to look for bugs.

FSF files objection to Google Book Search settlement

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fsf.org: Today the Free Software Foundation (FSF) filed an objection in court to the proposed Google Book Search settlement (The Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.). The objection urges the court to reject the proposed settlement unless it incorporates terms that better address the needs of authors using free licenses.

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