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Apache Software Foundation announces release plans and IP concerns for OpenOffice.org

Yesterday The Apache Software Foundation Blog posted "Open Letter to the Open Document Format Ecosystem" regarding the current state and future of OpenOffice.org, an open source project that has had a challenging year. Both it and LibreOffice released their 3.3 versions in January. Then in April, Oracle announced it would no longer offer commercial support for OpenOffice.org. In June, Oracle donated OpenOffice.org to The Apache Software Foundation. » Read more

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Perspective from an open source newbie

Gandhi quote at Red Hat headquarters

In my first week at Red Hat, having come from a long history of using proprietary software in the corporate workplace, it only took a few hours to wash away more than fifteen years of plugging overly long license codes into software before I could sit down and use it. What had become second nature during those years vanished the moment I began using an open source desktop. » Read more

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Building an Emergency Alert System for the 21st century

Building an Emergency Alert System for the 21st century

When Ruth Suehle posted about the recent test of the Emergency Alert System and how it could be improved, I agreed, for the most part, but wanted to add a few comments of my own, including an idea that I had a couple of years ago on alerting people. » Read more

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The importance of Google Dart

The importance of Google Dart

Google is making its Dart system open source.

This is very important, not just for open source.

Dart is a structured language for web programming. That means you can actually build a website as you would write a little Javascript. In fact, Dart can be run on a Java Virtual Machine, or compiled into Javascript. » Read more

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Should you donate to open source projects?

Should you donate to open source projects?

A project in which I'm involved, in the middle of a time of change, recently received an enquiry from a member of its user community. The enquirer was pleased with the software, concerned about the changes and wanted to provide support to the project to ensure it continued and as an expression of gratitude. "Where should I make a donation to support the software?" » Read more

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Open government communities survey--be counted

Open government communities survey--be counted

If you’re involved in open government, I encourage you to participate in this first informal open government communities survey. The objective of the short survey is to create a view of the broad community of constituents that comprise the open government movement, with a special interest in understanding the interplay and influence of open source software and the open source community in forwarding their objectives. » Read more

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The Architecture of Open Source Applications: Learn from those before you

A new book for software developers takes a lesson from architecture. Not the structures themselves, though--the learning process for the designers. The Architecture of Open Source Applications by Amy Brown and Greg Wilson takes developers on a tour of 25 open source applications, explains how each is structured, and--most importantly--why. » Read more

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Microsoft cuts Asterisk ties--What are the open source Skype alternatives?

Microsoft has ended its deal to let the open source Asterisk PBX system work with Skype as of July 26, perhaps due to the launch of its own competing service.

When Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype two weeks ago, they promised to hold it as a separate division and continue supporting non-Microsoft platforms, but users have been skeptical. It didn't take long for the tune to start to change. Maybe somebody should have asked for a pinky swear. » Read more

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Is the future open? Ask a fourteen-year-old.

In a NY Times op-ed, David Hajdu posits that the spate of notable musicians all of the same age (turning 70 this year) is attributable to their turning 14 in the mid-1950s when rock 'n roll was just getting its start. "Fourteen is a formative age," his theory goes. What if that's not just for musicians? What about technology? And what does it mean for today's 14-year-olds? » Read more

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Interview: PJ on the beginning, ending, and future of Groklaw

Over the last eight years, Pamela Jones, known as "PJ," wrote volumes at Groklaw—first as a blog about the holes in SCO's claims, then increasingly as a place for wider commentary on the legal issues facing Linux and open source. To summarize the site's mission statement, Groklaw was a full legal news resource, "acknowledged and used by all the parties, including SCO." But it was also a community—a place for open source believers to gather, learn, and share.

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