While the industry is distracted by the ongoing tussle between Microsoft and OpenOffice.org over document formats, the KDE project is quietly preparing the next generation of its own office suite, KOffice, for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.Read more »
Freedomware is not intended as a term to replace Free Software or Open Source Software aka FOSS, FLOSS. These terms have their niche and place in society. They are well established and we are all better for it.Read more »
Six years after the project was launched, developers at the Xiph.Org Foundation have released a beta version of the free video codec called Ogg Theora. The source code of the libtheora 1.0 Beta 1 codec library can be downloaded from the developer website.Read more »
September 15, 2007 is going to be celebrated the world over as Software Freedom Day(SFD). SFD is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
What do you plan to do on this year’s Software Freedom Day? I plan to do the following in the coming days leading up to September 15:Read more »
David Airile, who has been working hard on open source drivers for ATI graphics cards and has been working with AMD on the new commitment to open source community for about 3 months, talks about all this. He is also accepting questions people might have about the commitment and the drivers.Read more »
Linux adoption has increased manifold in India. Several government bodies, private firms and SMEs have been the big takers of Linux platform.Read more »
Heavily funded by the European Union, the Science, Education, and Learning in Freedom (SELF) consortium launched the beta version of its site this week with the motto, "Be SELFish, share your knowledge!" By the end of the year, SELF hopes to develop into the Wikipedia of free learning materials, with a heavy emphasis on material about open standards and free and open source software (FOSS).Read more »
There seems to be a continual push to make sure everyone knows that Microsoft is alive and well at the expense of what is really going on in the IT world with Linux. Gartner has done studies that demonstrate based on their data that Microsoft continues to advance in the number of servers deployed.Read more »
"Once software users freedoms are protected the methodology that we know as Open Source becomes possible and its advantages become apparent. But without the guiding principles of Free Software the neccessity and direction of Open Source cannot be accounted for. Open Source has no history or trajectory, it cannot account for itself or suggest which tasks are neccessary or important.Read more »
"Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement. For the free software movement, free software is an ethical imperative, because only free software respects the users' freedom. By contrast, the philosophy of open source considers issues in terms of how to make software “better”—in a practical sense only. It says that non-free software is a suboptimal solution.Read more »
Due to the increased diffusion of "Open Source" as a term this article suggests its gradual phase out in favor of the original "Free Software" term and renaming of the "Open Source Initiative" into "Free Software Business Initiative" (no matter how controversial the proposal may be).Read more »
I’ll look at five open source businesses opportunities you have likely never conceived of. Most of these ideas are aimed at people who are not looking to start the next "JBoss," rather, they hope to opt out of the daily rat race with an income that provides a steady streamRead more »
This was the body of an email message sent to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) license-discuss email list less than two hours after the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) was officially announced by the Free Software Foundation (FSF): "I submit the following licenses for consideration by the OSI for inclusion in the list of licenses complying with the OSD."Read more »
"Our current license is not OSI-approved, nor have we ever claimed it is. But it is open source."
Now, this is the same species of weasel wording as "undocumented immigrant." Putting it this way makes it sound like the license is fine, but just happens not to have been approved by those bearded elitists at OSI.
The logo to the right is a lie. The term “open source,” by itself, is not the trademarked property of the Open Source Initiative or anyone else.Read more »