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Open-Source Security Idiots

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practical-tech.com: Sometimes, people do such stupid things that words almost fail me. That’s the case with a Debian ‘improvement’ to OpenSSL that rendered this network security program next to useless in Debian, Ubuntu and other related Linux distributions.

Other Open Source headlines

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  • Why open source developers can be more productive

  • "Good enough" ethics and "good enough" open source
  • Is "the community" hurting the OSS business model?
  • Filling In The Gaps With Open Source
  • Bdale Garbee: A fascinating 'open source celebrity' (video)
  • Reflections on Open Source Commerce, Pt. 1
  • NPR station WBUR Boston adds support for free audio standard

Frequent open source miles

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Dana Blankenhorn: Matt Asay’s piece on “open source free- riders” got my goat this morning because we’re on opposite sides of the market. Matt’s a vendor. I’m a journalist.

Closing The Open Source ASP Loophole

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informationweek.com/blog: What is to be done about companies who use open source software to create something derived from open source, but provide it as a Web service and don't contribute their changes back to the community? Aren't they violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the open source agreement? I don't think so.

The 2008 Google SoC: 21 Projects I'm Excited About

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: The annual Google Summer of Code is upon us again. This is where great projects like the GDebiKDE installer were created. And this year looks even better than before, with 175 organizations and 1125 students. So today, I’m going to do a short rundown of some of my favorites.

UK education agency nixes OOXML

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informationweek.com: Brits Want Microsoft Office 2007 Expelled From Classrooms. Instead of Open XML, BECTA wants the EU to compel Microsoft to support open standards, such as the Open Document Format.

Open Source Security Myths Dispelled

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itproportal.com: Many IT professionals can’t seem to shake off the belief that OSS is inherently risky unreliable and complex. I am going to examine the most common of these perceptions to highlight how the facts are very often the exact opposite to what people believe.

Open letter to standards professionals, developers, and activists

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: You’ve read how Microsoft drove its tank through the international standardization process last year and this year, finally winning ISO approval for its legacy OOXML format. The OOXML event proved that we’re in a real fight, and that money and power can break down the existing polite rules and agreements that constitute the international standardization process.

Could investor short-termism undermine open source?

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Matthew Aslett: There is a small, but growing, list of VCs that clearly understand the open source development and distribution models and the long-term profit potential of open source software vendors. Can the same be said of individual and institutional investors buying and selling shares in publicly traded software companies?

Life Without Open Source?

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ostatic.com: Let's face it, open source software runs the Internet. Without it we wouldn't have basic services like DNS, or even the web server that's sending you this page. I've been thinking about what life would be like without open source software.

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