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Software Wars: FOSS’ Big Chance to Shine on the Silver Screen

Given Ubuntu's recent glitzy and fanfare-accompanied debut on the world's mobile stage, it's beginning to look like limelight and red carpets will increasingly be a part of FOSS' future. You've come a long way, baby! And to think, we knew you back when! Now, what could be a more logical next step th...

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Great Expectations for Linux in 2013

Well another holiday season has come and gone, leaving more than a few jangled nerves and expanded waistlines in its wake. Holiday pressures are bad enough by themselves, of course, but Canonical's splashy and yet profoundly confusing Wednesday announcement so soon afterward hasn't exactly helped. Y...

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Open Source’s Ambassadors to China

The tide of software piracy in China may be ebbing. With the clear support of the Chinese government, several software organizations and computer firms based in Europe and the U.S. are conducting events focusing on growing open source in China. The push toward China's active participation in the ope...

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Stallman and Ubuntu: Sticks and Stones and a Blogosphere Brawl

It was only a few weeks ago that the Linux blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon suffered its latest round of damage thanks to the recent skirmish over the GPL, but now the popular establishment of questionable repute is actually shut down for a week for repairs. The cause this time? Yet another blogo...

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MyNotex Would Be Perfect With Cloud Sync

MyNotex is a handy note-taking app that helps you rat-pack all of your scraps of information and images into a searchable database. It is easy to use and takes almost no time to learn. MyNotex is a bit different from traditional tree-form note-taking systems. It handles more than plain text notation...

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Linux and the GPL: A Storm Erupts

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone in the land of stars and stripes, it's a pretty safe bet that blood pressures are rising and tensions are high here in the Linux blogosphere. The holiday season is hard upon us, after all, and Linux Girl, for one, has resorted to her preferred coping strategy ...

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Microsoft’s Bizarro World LinuxCon Sponsorship

Here in the Linux blogosphere, there are several hypothetical scenarios that most agree would surely make the Earth stand still. Flying pigs, of course, is one of them; numerous others, however, involve Microsoft doing something that promotes Linux. It was perhaps no great surprise, then, to witness...

FOSS’ Fight Against China’s Free-as-in-Pirated Syndrome

The tide of software piracy in China may be ebbing. With the clear support of the Chinese government, several software organizations and computer firms based in Europe and the U.S. are conducting events focusing on growing open source in China. The push toward China's active participation in the ope...

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LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, Part Deux

Well it's been a momentous few weeks for FOSS fans recently, not least because LibreOffice -- one of the most popular exemplars of free and open source software today -- celebrated its second anniversary late last month. "In just 24 months, we have achieved what many people thought was impossible wh...

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Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga

What do the Energizer Bunny and the ongoing Windows 8 Secure Boot Saga have in common? Yes, that's right: They both just keep going. Scarcely a week goes by these days, in fact, without some fresh proclamation to fan the flames of UEFI controversy here in the Linux blogosphere. It was just a few wee...

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Does Selfishness Make the FOSS World Go ‘Round?

Well it's been a Linus-heavy month here in the Linux blogosphere, what with Torvalds winning the Millennium Technology Prize and all, and even now that trend appears to be continuing. The most recent conversation, however, has focused on comments Linus made in the wake of his big win. "In many ways,...

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Microsoft Loves Linux – as Long as It’s Not Red Hat

Just when you thought it couldn't top itself -- having contributed Linux kernel code under the GPL, broadly supported Linux alongside Windows with its systems management and other software, and spun off a new subsidiary dedicated to openness, Microsoft showed yet more Linux and open source love rece...

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Oracle’s Patent ‘Disaster’: Beginning of a Bright New Era?

It's been an eventful year already here in the Linux blogosphere, but it seems fair to say few events have drawn as much attention as the Oracle v. Google trial. Bloggers have been discussing it for weeks already, of course, but developments last week brought forth nothing less than dancing in the ...

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A Tale of Two Suites: Do We Still Need OpenOffice.org?

Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet? Or would it, perhaps, end up sweeter? That, essentially, is the question at the heart of the forking process, which in turn is at the heart of a key situation today. Namely: Now that we have LibreOffice, do we still need OpenOffice as well? In th...

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Oracle v. Google: The Trial and the Errors

With all the fabulous and exciting technologies to talk about here in the world of FOSS -- the shiny, brand-spankin'-new Ubuntu Linux 12.04, to name just one -- it always seems a crying shame to have to waste any breath at all discussing lawsuits. Discuss them we must, however, because in today's li...

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