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Sun+MySql: a new business strategy focused on proprietary software

http://jcole.us

"...Marten Mickos has just acknowledge that I understood the slide quite correctly, and they will indeed develop new features in MySQL Enterprise (in 6.0), without making them available in MySQL Community. Hmm!"

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Freedom

http://sunblog.fuseyism.com

"I attended an interesting talk by James Vasile of the Software Freedom Law Center earlier this week. The discussion focused on how the Free Software movement can now be regarded as a success and how others are now attempting to replicate this in other areas such as media (Creative Commons).

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It’s official: Microsoft’s concerned about GNU/Linux

http://larrythefreesoftwareguy.wordpress.com

"Without fanfare (as expected), Microsoft filed its 10-K form to the Security and Exchange Commission. In it, however, we find that Microsoft bemoans the fact that their “business model,” well, might tend to suck..."

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What is Copyleft?

http://www.gnu.org

"Copyleft is a general method for making a program or other work free, and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well. The simplest way to make a program free software is to put it in the public domain, uncopyrighted. This allows people to share the program and their improvements, if they are so minded.

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What if Ubuntu Hosted a Repository and Nobody Came?

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com

Last week, Canonical, the commercial face of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, announced that it would be using its Partners repository to sell proprietary applications like Parallels Workstation. You can see the reasoning: Ubuntu's Debian technology already has the infrastructure for on-demand downloads and software installation, so why not monetize it?

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The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

http://whdb.com

Not every proprietary program can drive a person crazy, right? Some, like Norton Ghost, are superb tools for anyone to use. But, the fact that these tools are proprietary can drive open source fanatics up a wall. It’s not the price of the software that makes the real difference (although it’s a reason to migrate from one software to another for many people); it’s the idea that proprietary software comes with boundaries that keeps the user experience confined to…well, being the user. That’s enough to drive any developer crazy.

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Proprietary software is untrustworthy and harms society

http://www.digitalcitizen.info

"No matter how glib and sarcastic the proprietor, proprietary software denies users the freedoms to inspect, share, and modify the program. Users of Adobe’s proprietary Creative Suite software recently discovered that the program communicates over the network with a machine apparently owned by Omniture, a company that tracks web usage..."

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Microsoft’s IE8 vaporware passing Acid2 gets cheered in corporate media

http://www.digitalcitizen.info

"...All Microsoft did was produce a screenshot ostensibly demonstrating MSIE8 passing Acid2. They distributed no code for people to verify this alleged standards compliance for themselves, not even proprietary code. To me this represents a significant low in how many people are willing to give credit for something they can’t verify, something typically called vaporware..."

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Why is Mozilla selling out free software?

http://www.gavinbaker.com

"Promote Firefox, win a Mac full of proprietary software. Wait, what? ..."

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The Right to Read by Richard M. Stallman - Free eBook

http://manybooks.net

A short story by well-known novelist, Richard M Stallman. Courtesy of the best Free Library in the world; Manybooks.

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Why proprietary code is bad for security

http://wolfgang.lonien.de

Tho Skype is using an encrypted protocol, it’s still their own, non-disclosed code and property. So we don’t know what it contains. The same is true for many network products of big vendors like Cisco and the like - and they are everywhere in between you and your communication partner, be it email, phone, or anything else.

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Subterranean proprietary software blues, Part 1

http://blogs.cnet.com

Every once in awhile I come across a story that seems too incredible to be true. This week, I heard the exact same story, from two different enterprises, about the same proprietary vendor. Unfortunately, I had to live the story, which I found unpleasant.

If you don't believe that the proprietary software model is inherently bad for customers, read on.

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Consequences of Closed Source Software in Linux

http://www.osweekly.com

With the news of Linspire's CNR coming soon to Ubuntu, and Automatix now offering a limited number of closed source, commercial applications, what possible consequences will this have on the Linux community and open source as a whole?

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