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Patents Remain Barrier to Collaboration & Innovation

I’ll be at The Atlantic’s Big Science Summit tomorrow with space explorers, energy researchers and robotics engineers. How did Zemlin get in, you ask? There’s more reason here than you think.

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Welcome Windows 8 to a Post-Desktop World

A lot has changed in the three years since the last major Windows announcement. Netbooks were on the rise. The iPad wouldn’t be introduced for another six months and Nokia still had the lead for most smartphone sales in the world. Only 172 million smartphones were sold in 2009 vs. an estimated 146 million units in just one quarter of this year. Without wide adoption of tablets or smartphones, Microsoft still dominated the world of personal computing. Linux, while popular in the server room, was virtually non-existent in consumer products, except for its brief rise in netbooks before Microsoft reportedly pressured its OEMs to stop production and shift back to Windows.  

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Wired Op/Ed: When Automakers Become Software Makers

Wired just published an op/ed we wrote about the role Linux and collaborative development are playing in the automotive industry. This role is becoming so important that we recently announced the formation of the Automotive Grade Linux workgroup here at The Linux Foundation. It includes participation by the world's largest car maker Toyota, as well as HARMAN, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Samsung, and more.

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Attention CEO’s: You Are in the Software Business. Now What?

Whether you’re Nissan or Toyota, Walmart or Nordstrom, NYSE or NASDAQ, you are in the software business. Every company today, regardless of whether or not they’re a “technology” company, is in the business of building software. Today’s consumers demand it.

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Open Source Programs Aim to Meet Global Demand for Developers

I recently wrote that to master technology, you must master software. It is software that differentiates one device or computing experience from another. And since nearly all software today is built using open source projects and code, knowing how to collaborate and contribute to an open development community is a requirement for any developer or company regardless of industry.

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