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Open Letter to Mark Shuttleworth

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Ubuntu I was glad to read today that Sam Varghese is reporting that Mark Shuttleworth doesn't want Canonical, Ltd. to engage in business models that abuse proprietary relicensing powers in a negative way. I wrote below a brief open letter to Mark.

Also: What is open core licensing (and what isn’t)

Red Hat CEO Says Software Industry Broken

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OSS Jim Whitehurst believes all vendors, not just Linux distributors, need to embrace open source development methods to improve quality and reduce cycle times.

Shuttleworth denies move toward Open Core

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Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth has denied that his company, Canonical, which is known in FOSS circles for its Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, has any Open Core products or any plan to accept it as a strategy.

Open source moves into the enterprise at NZ organisations

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OSS There was a time when open source software was almost inseparable from the image of altruistic, community-loving developers, coding away in command line interfaces in a darkened room. But those days are long gone.

Does “Open Core” Actually Differ from Proprietary Relicensing?

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OSS I've been criticized — quite a bit this week, but before that too — for using the term “Open Core” as a shortcut for the phrase “proprietary relicensing0 that harms software freedom”. Meanwhile, Matt Aslett points to Andrew Lampitt's “Open Core” definition as canonical. I admit I wasn't aware of Lampitt's definition before, but I dutifully read it when Aslett linked to it.

Why Free Software doesn’t always fly

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lxnay.wordpress: One of the reasons why this happens, unfortunately, in my opinion, is very simple: as I wrote before, developers keep breaking the compatibility of their libraries with the rest of the world, whenever they feel, with no communication with downstream at all.

How open source advocates beat themselves

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OSS It’s a story I heard from every European open source advocate I talked to over the last three weeks. “So-and-so (name or institution) is in the pocket of so-and-so (Google, Microsoft, IBM).”

Open Source Primer

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OSS Open source software is software in which the actual source code of the software is freely available along with the software. That is not to say that it is necessarily free as in no cost. But rather that the source code is included or available with the software.

What open source community?

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OSS Is there such a thing as the open source community?

Schools Combine Netbooks, Open Source

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Ubuntu Thanks to the relatively simultaneous development of smaller and cheaper laptops and advances in open-source computing, schools that could not afford 1-to-1 computing programs a few years ago are finding ways to adopt them today.

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