open source

When you procure proprietary software, you buy a right-to-use license and then a support agreement. But when you buy open source, you already have the right-to-use from the OSI-approved free license, so you should compare the subscription cost with just the cost of a proprietary support agreement.... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 Mar 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
It's a busy morning here in New York City. My email inbox is full of pleasant surprises. The first is a patch for one of my open source projects. A second will appear this afternoon. A third should come late at night—or maybe tomorrow–from a new contributor. Alongside my day job, I contribute and... Read more
4 comments Posted 9 Mar 2011 by Daniel Doubrovkine Feed
With only 1 day to go before SIGCSE, the "Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education" conference and the largest CS education conference in the world, my inbox has been filling with invitations to do this, see that, visit this booth, enter this raffle. For an introvert and first-time... Read more
4 comments Posted 8 Mar 2011 by Mel Chua Feed
SXSW Interactive gets started this week, and there are a lot of sessions on the agenda with topics related to the open source way. Music collaboration, open government, Creative Commons... nearly every time slot has at least one session I want to tell opensource.com readers about. Below is my "open... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
One enduring change in the management lexicon brought about by the dotcom revolution was the term business model—how a firm makes money. The concept had been in existence for decades, but the competition between "old" and "new" economy firms, with very different business models, helped to... Read more
4 comments Posted 28 Feb 2011 by Julian Birkinshaw Feed
There was a bit of news coming out the European Parliament recently that could be easily overlooked. MEP Indrek Tarand (of Estonia no less), along with some non-MEP partners, started the European Parliament Free Software User Group (EPFSUG). With goals like “assist people in using Free Software in... Read more
1 comment Posted 28 Feb 2011 by Art Seavey Feed
The February issue of DACS' (Data and Analysis Center for Software) Software Tech News focuses entirely on the U.S. Department of Defense and open source software.  However, even if you aren't interested in the use of open source in the military, there are still some gems that apply to all U.S.... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 Feb 2011 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
Revolution is easy. Nation building is hard. At Gettysburg Abraham Lincoln dated this nation's founding to the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate July 4 as our national day. Personally, though, I'm a fan of June 21. That's the day, in 1788, when New Hampshire ratified the Constitution. As it... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 Feb 2011 by Dana Blankenhorn Feed
One of the fun parts of blogging for PCWorld.com is getting reader response e-mails from all over the world. You never know who is going to read what you write. Sometimes they'll spot the blog post on the PCWorld Web page, or as a link in a tweet or even as a Google search result several months... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Feb 2011 by Phil Shapiro Feed
An open source company is naturally a company that produces open source code for others to consume. But how does the notion of producing software code in the open affect company culture?
12 comments Posted 23 Feb 2011 by Marten Mickos Feed

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