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Qt and Open Governance

Thiago Macieira has posted a vague description of Nokia's plans to open up the governance of the Qt project. "So, what we'll do soon is start these discussions; in public and with the public (details to be...

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Tiemann on Transforming IT the Open Source Way

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created...

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Frank Zappa's Influence on Linux

How the late musician lives on in the open source...

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Jon "maddog" Hall Viewpoint: Total Cost vs. Return on Investment

Over the years there has been much discussion about whether closed-source, proprietary software (CSPS) or Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) has the lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This typically goes hand-in-hand with discussions about whether software and computing in general are considered strategic investments or simple necessities of modern life, and that discussion typically follows from the discussion of whether software is a commodity or not.

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Open Source and Its Growing Significance for Businesses

In case you missed it, Bruce Byfield has a very interesting essay posted on the history of FOSS, and it includes some interesting thoughts on where free, open source software is headed. You can find the essay here. In Byfield's essay, he provides a historical account of the growth of the open source movement, ranging from the development of infrastructure software such as Apache to the growth in sophistication of open source licenses. But it's his thoughts on how open...

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