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Considerations For FLOSS Hackers About Oracle vs. Google

http://ebb.org

Many have already opined about the Oracle v. Google lawsuit filed last week. As you might expect, I'm not that worried about what company sues what company for some heap of cash; those sort of for-profit wranglings just aren't what concerns me. Rather, I'm focused on what this event means for the future of software freedom.

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Created by akf 3 years 47 weeks ago – Made popular 3 years 46 weeks ago
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Why can't free software lead to hardware innovation?

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

In the past few years we've seen a lot of hardware-based innovation (or at the very least expansion). New products and markets have arisen built around hardware and its use. Smartphones, tablets, netbooks and gaming systems are all examples of markets that have expanded and some if not most of the products make use of free software.

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Are citizens really ready for Open Data and Open Government?

http://stop.zona-m.net

Some people seem to think that using only Open Source software and Open Standards for data in Public Administration is, if not sufficient, a big part of realizing Open Government. Personally, I am not so sure, and I also wonder if many non-geek citizens are really ready for Open Data and Open Government. Here is a summary of a talk I just gave on this topic. What do you think?

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Why Lisp is a natural way to deal with XML

http://trashbird1240.wordpress.com

"...That verbosity brings to mind the common complaint about XML, which is that it’s really Lisp syntax with angle brackets and a bunch of stuff inside them. Consequently Lisp is a natural way to deal with XML.

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Shuttleworth and Bacon should forget the spin and deal with the facts

http://www.itwire.com

Canonical is also top class when it comes to spin. Any criticism levelled at the company is met by a much bigger reaction from its owner Mark Shuttleworth who not many dare to contradict.

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Canonical takes much more than it gives

http://www.itwire.com

...what does Canonical contribute to the FOSS world? Where does it stand in terms of its contributions to other FOSS projects, from which it takes software to create Ubuntu?

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Mandriva One 2010 Spring KDE

http://www.muktware.com

When I optimistically downloaded the 690MB ISO file from Mandriva’s website, I had high hopes that this version would improve the steadily degrading once immensely popular GNU/Linux distribution.

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Microsoft’s CodePlex Foundation Expresses Views on Free Software

http://techrights.org

Microsoft’s CodePlex Foundation calls software freedom not capitalist

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Open source software. The gateway drug to Linux.

http://it.toolbox.com

Some of the best open source software (OSS) around is multiple platform. You can run the exact same software with the same look and feel (I can understand the look part but how do you feel a program? Do a Vulcan mind meld with it?) no matter what operating system you use.

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What Good is it if They Don't Know it's Linux?

http://www.linuxtoday.com

Just like Marcel Gagne said, stop apologizing for Linux! "Invisible Linux" is a loser strategy, and it's insulting.

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Could Free Software Exist Without Copyright?

http://www.computerworlduk.com

[…] this does result in the paradoxical situation that the GNU GPL actually *depends* on copyright, an intellectual monopoly, in order to spread intellectual freedom. Moreover, it seems to doom free software into a kind of symbiosis with copyright, forcing it to remain a supporter of that monopoly, since without it, the approach used to make the GPL so powerful would not work.

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Created by akf 4 years 2 days ago – Made popular 4 years 1 day ago
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If Linux was the most used system in the world…

http://www.beli.ws

This is a fictional story about a GNU/Linux user who doesn't know anything about Windows and tries to install that.
It's funy, but... so true, so true!

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Created by akf 4 years 3 days ago – Made popular 4 years 2 days ago
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GPL: The Google Public License

http://fossforce.com

Until a few years ago, hardly a day went by without an article being featured on Linux Today about how “the year of Linux” had arrived. Every Linux user with a blog was willing to bet, year after year, that this was finally going to be “the year of Linux.” This was going to be the year when the public got wise, quit paying the Microsoft tax and moved over to the obviously superior Linux.

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You Say Linux, I Say GNU/Linux

http://www.linux-magazine.com

The older I get, the more certain I am that most discussions consist of arguing over half-truths. In fact, the more strongly everyone argues, the more likely that nobody has the complete truth. And nowhere does these hard-won truisms seem more accurate than in the age-old argument over whether the operating system we all live by should be called Linux or GNU/Linux.

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Is the FLOSS Community Shooting Itself In the Foot?

http://g33q.co.za

Recently my blog attracted a lot of attention from readers who are more critical of FLOSS, and Linux in particular, than my regular readership. Naturally a long discussion erupted where critiques and defenses of various positions and opinions and how stuff works where flung to and fro.

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