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The behavioral economics of free software

http://mdzlog.alcor.net

People who use and promote free software cite various reasons for their choice, but do those reasons tell the whole story? If, as a community, we want free software to continue to grow in popularity, especially in the mainstream, we should understand better the true reasons for choosing it—especially our own.

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Created by innerphaze 4 years 15 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 15 weeks ago
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The Perennial Year of the Linux Desktop

http://tuxtweaks.com

It's become a tradition (and a bit of a running joke) for bloggers and tech pundits to declare that this year (whatever year you're in) will be The Year of the Linux Desktop. So in following with that tradition, I'm here to declare that 2010 will be The Year of the Linux Desktop, but not in the sense that many other bloggers have stated.

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Created by Linerd 4 years 28 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 28 weeks ago
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The difference a few years makes to open source

http://news.cnet.com

Matt Asay, CNET New's columnist on the business and politics of open source, takes new comers and the nostalgic among us on a retrospective of just how far the FOSS community has come over the past few years, paralleling his own introduction to and involvement in the community. A good introduction to FOSS for beginners and a good indicator of how far we've come and what we've yet to accomplish.

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Created by lmramshaw 4 years 43 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 43 weeks ago
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Open Source for Enterprise Search: Five Top Caveats

http://www.internetevolution.com

Open-source software is frequently mentioned as a choice for companies looking to create their own enterprise search applications. But best use of open-source calls for knowledge of what to expect.

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Created by lmramshaw 4 years 43 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 43 weeks ago
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Studying in an institute

http://blogs.fsfe.org

It is very hard to study in most of institutes using only free software. Everything is sad and needs heavy reorganization to not to force students to use non-free software.

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Created by stargrave 5 years 24 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 24 weeks ago
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Funny And Fun Wallpapers: Linux And Unix Humor On A Monday

http://linuxshellaccount.blogspot.com

My brain is mushier than usual after putting in hours day and night all weekend. Enjoy the pictures :)

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Created by eggixyz 5 years 27 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 27 weeks ago
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Why Linux sucks at being user friendly

http://www.itwire.com

Some good points, some that are stretching credibility a little. Overall a thought provoking posting though.

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Created by bigpinkpig 5 years 44 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 44 weeks ago
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Portrait: Eric von Hippel, user innovation, and FOSS

http://www.linux.com

A common charge against free and open source software (FOSS) is that it lacks the ability to innovate. To that charge, the lifelong research of Eric von Hippel, professor and head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, offers a thorough and scholarly refutation.

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Created by born.again.linuxer 5 years 47 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 47 weeks ago
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Quotable: Why Microsoft is Just a Standard Open Source Scam

http://boycottnovell.com

A quick walk through people's opinions on Microsoft and 'openness'

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Created by komrad 6 years 3 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 3 weeks ago
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The Six Kinds of Anti-FOSS Trolls

http://penguinpetes.com

Since I wrote about the seven kinds of anti-Linux FUD pundits, it occurred to me that plain old forum and blog-comment trolls could be classified, too.

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Created by missgeek 6 years 10 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 10 weeks ago
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Free as in Beer!

http://sharplinux.blogspot.com

most free software is free in the monetary sense of the word ("gratis"), which can be a hindrance to those of us who are trying our best to emphasize the "freedom-as-in-liberty" sense of free software to those who don't yet understand.

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Created by mads 6 years 10 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 10 weeks ago
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Open source: world domination or world liberation?

http://www.cnet.com

Linus Torvalds used to talk about "world domination" as his goal for Linux. These days, though, while we seem to be making progress toward this end, we also appear to be increasingly complacent.

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Created by serdar 6 years 25 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 25 weeks ago
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I wouldn't steal

http://www.iwouldntsteal.net

Whenever you rent a movie, the multinational media industry forces you to watch their propaganda. They claim that downloading movies is the same as snatching bags, stealing cars or shoplifting. That’s simply not true – making a copy is fundamentally different from stealing.

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Created by akf 6 years 33 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 33 weeks ago
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Free software will win. Eventually.

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

Free software (eventually) works better than proprietary software; why?

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Created by bridget 6 years 34 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 34 weeks ago
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There is value in source code, whether you want it or not

http://blogs.the451group.com

A common question you hear from proprietary vendors when dismissing open source alternatives is “how many customers actually want access to the code anyway?” It is a question I put to an open source software vendor myself earlier this week while playing devil’s advocate.

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Created by bluecheese 6 years 37 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 37 weeks ago
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