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Open source developers provide 'glimmer of hope'

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A software design expert claims that software quality is declining everywhere except in the open source world, but others insist that proprietary software is just as good as the alternative.

Companies buy open source because it's better

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Companies buy open source because it's better, not cheaper. European enterprises are adopting open source software on the grounds of quality and flexibility, rather than merely considering it "good enough" because it is inexpensive, according to a new survey from research firm IDC.

Red Hat exec criticizes software patents

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Michael Tiemann, vice president of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, heaped scorn on the issuance of software patents saying they stifle innovation. He also criticized Microsoft’s “Shared Source” approach to open source. The Shared Source program lets users look at code but not modify it, he pointed out.

Open Source, Mugged by Reality?

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The Open Source Business Conference held this month in San Francisco was chock-full of information on how to make money using open source software. It demonstrated that capitalists have finally discovered a new way to think about software development.

Open source wins court victory

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A German court agreed with a Linux programmer's contention that Fortinet, a US security appliance maker, must comply with the terms of the General Public License.

Open source community called to fight war on patents

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There is a war against the freedom to innovate and this community has done way too little to resist. Companies like Microsoft want to lock out competition, and the open source community is the anti-monopoly. Stand up and fight or risk being buried by patent-wielding legacy businesses.

CA Backs Single Open-Source License

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Hoping to bring some order to the chaotic system of open-source licenses, Computer Associates International Inc. is spearheading a campaign to create a single, common open-source license to which options can be added through a template.

Sun joins open-source-hating corporate club

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rut-ro Sun Microsystems justified the company's controversial open-source strategy with an attack on the GPL, which he characterised as a tool allowing United States businesses to pillage developing countries of their intellectual property.

Open Source Unwrapped

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One of the most important aspects of open source is its power and potential. Whenever the best minds in an industry join forces to create value, the potential is enormous. This has happened with space, cancer research, and the initial Internet itself. There are also political ramifications behind the open source movement. One can draw parallels between the open source movement and the open systems movement of the late 1980s. The open systems movement was intended to loosen IBM's stranglehold on computing. Likewise, the open source movement may well have its roots in loosening Microsoft's grip on power.

Who should maintain open source projects?

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Two different approaches to managing open source projects are emerging: one is community supported and developed, the other is commercial. Which will be around for the long haul?

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