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Trademarks and open source monopoly

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blogs.zdnet.com: Our own Big Money Matt is en fuego. Today he asks some great questions about the reach of trademark law in protecting open source companies from competition.

Open-Source Business Policies: Everyone Is Making It Up As They Go Along

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cio.com: We know your company uses open-source applications. We also know many of you already have an open-source policy. Sort of. "Somewhat effective" policies are like "somewhat effective" security; clearly, there's more to be learned. CIO.com asked CIOs and other people in the trenches about what's working—and what's not.

Open source finally blooms at Google

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Matt Asay: For all the bile that I and others have spewed at Google over the years for its adoption of open source, with little in the way of contributions back, it's amazing to see the trickle of open source from Google turn into an absolute flood.

ISO to TMB: OOXML Appeals Should Be Denied

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groklaw.net: The processing of the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 project has been conducted in conformity with the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Directives, with decisions determined by the votes expressed by the relevant ISO and IEC national bodies under their own responsibility, and consequently, for the reasons mentioned above, the appeals should not be processed further.

The Most Puerile of the FOSS Aficionados

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blogbeebe.blogspot: The website Planete Beranger recently published an interesting post "Wrong ways to promote the FOSS", from which the title of this post was taken. The core observation is no such thing as a "troll". This is a word invented by the most puerile of the FOSS aficionados.

Explaining Software Freedom to a Beginner

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trombonechamp.wordpress: I needed a good way to explain software freedom to people who have little to no computer experience (possibly parents or grandparents, kids, stay-at-home moms/dads, etc.), so I created the following blog post. Many of these people could benefit from free software, but aren’t going to learn about it through mainstream media.

Open Source Development: About Community and Sponsored Projects

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robertogaloppini.net: Classifying Open Source production models is not an academic curiosity, as result from recent conversations on how the development model affects at large the software life-cycle and, more important, the business strategy.

It's not the Gates, it's the bars

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Richard Stallman: To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers.

Open Season Episode 19

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theregister.co.uk: We joined the Gates trolls during Episode 19 of Open Season. In this show, we honored Gates's exit from Microsoft with a little game called "Kermit the Frog or Bill." The game revolves around audio clips from both characters. All you have to figure out is who's talking.

Sourceforge.net 2008 Community Choice Awards Finalists Posted

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sourceforge.net: After much tallying, number crunching, and crossing out bogus nominations, we are proud to announce the finalists of the 2008 SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards.

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