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Has open source gone too far?

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I come in for criticism here when I write about the open source concept being extended into areas like politics and journalism.

It doesn't belong there, the critics charge. Where's the license agreement? You're rendering the concept meaningless.

OK, so how about cars? Or music?

Balancing discussion

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Recently the subject of mailing list discussion and offensiveness has erupted in the community. This has been triggered by a joke being sent to a list and the fallout that ensued after it. I am not going to comment on the specifics of that incident, but instead look at what I consider a critical issue here - the balance between political correctness and abusive discussion.

The origin of Unix

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Almost everyone thinks that Unix originated with Thomson, Ritchie, and others at Bell Labs in 1969/70, and that's correct but not true.

Linux 's Missing Manual Coming to a User's Group Near You

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Would you like to get your hands on "Linux System Administration" and have Bill Lubanovic or me show up to your local LUG or UNIX User group meeting?

Mozilla: 3D office meetings will be the norm within ten years

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Mozilla's technologist predicts that in the next 10 years our avatars will attend virtual business meetings and chat with other shoppers.

The virtual world phenomenon of Second Life will transform the Internet within the next 10 years, and the browser will have to change just as fast to keep up, said Mozilla's Window Snyder.

Will the Daylight Savings Shift Do Us Any Good?

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It's all in the name of saving energy. At least, that's what we were told. Will it work? Not very likely, say two young economists at the University of California at Berkeley.

Ubuntu IRC Etiquette

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In the past few month I’ve been bothered by the fact that several folks have been asking for help with file sharing in the #ubuntu-nl channel on the freenode IRC network. I think it’s wrong.

MPAA nicked my software

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The writer of the blogging engine called Forest Blog spotted the pirate hunting outfit MPAA was using his work and had completely violated his linkware licence.

The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes

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Okay hold onto your hats, our final list is now ready: here are the All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes according to SYS-CON's globe-girdling network of editors, columnists, commentators, and (above all) readers. The list includes Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Linus Torvalds.

ICDL GCC Foundation raises public awareness

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ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body and certification authority of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) program in the Gulf States, has recently called on the general public to be aware of the choices available for operating systems and common productivity software as part of its digital literacy program.

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