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It Is A War

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linuxtoday.com: GNU is 25 years old this year, and every Linux user on the planet should take a few minutes to eat a piece of birthday cake and give thanks. Because it's more than just software. Glyn Moody addressed one aspect of this in "The Real Reason to Celebrate GNU's Birthday":

Does interoperability violate the GPL?

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blogs.zdnet.com: VMWare boxes from its logoI got an e-mail this morning, tickling me to look into the idea that VMWare is violating the GPL. This idea has been around for some time and Big Money Matt has covered it beautifully.

The open source principles of participation

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raiden.net: One of the greatest and most destructive beliefs in the open source community is that "Because I'm not a programmer, I can't participate in an open source project." Let me be the first to tell you that if you believe that, you're wrong. Dead wrong.

Book Review: "Intellectual Property and Open Source"

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arstechnica.com: You'd have to do a lot of man-on-the-street interviews before you'd find someone who could explain the difference between a patent and a trademark. Into this void steps Van Lindberg, a former software engineer and now a lawyer who specializes in the legal issues surrounding the free software community.

Asia set to 'give back' to open source

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zdnetasia.com: Asia is in the middle of a mass adoption wave of open source technology, and the floodgates of innovation will open following this wave in two to three years, according to open source vendors.

How Do Open Source Installations Compare by Operating System?

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openlogic.com/blogs: In the previous newsletter we looked at the breakdown of Linux Distributions. Many people have since asked us how open source software compares across different operating systems like Linux, Windows, and Mac, so we decided to take a look at the average number of open source packages found by operating system.

GNU: the revolution turns 25

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itwire.com: It's probably a sign of the times we live in that the release of a browser by a commercial organisation like Google merits significantly more coverage than the approaching 25th anniversary of the organisation that gave rise to the free and open source software movement.

Also: The Real Reason to Celebrate GNU's Birthday

Software Freedom Day in Boston

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fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation is hosting a Boston event to honor Software Freedom Day, an international holiday that was observed on every continent but Antarctica last year. The FSF will be one of more than 200 teams hosting events around the world.

Also: Software Freedom Day is Coming

Second Life recognizes open source community with 2008 awards

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linux.com: Linden Lab, creator of the online virtual space Second Life, recognized the accomplishments of outstanding individuals in its open source community this week at its Linden Lab Innovation Awards. Seven winners were announced at a "mixed reality" ceremony held both at a convention center in Florida and simultaneously within the Second Life system.

Analysis: Embracing open source GPLv3 and avoiding hardware lock-in

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electronicsweekly.com: It is almost a year since the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released the third version of its General Public License (GPL). Prior to the release there was a great deal of public consultation where several contentious issues were hammered out. The greatest of those was the Tivoisation clause.

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