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Six Quick Tips Get You Started with Open Compliance

More and more companies turn to Linux and other open source software for great functionality and competitive advantage in product development.  When they do so, most organizations recognize their responsibility to comply with open source license obligations.  They embrace the responsibility as part of using open source.  Unfortunately, some companies remain unaware of their obligations or choose to ignore them.  Others are simply daunted by the task of putting a compliance program in place.  They needn’t be:  There are lots of resources to turn to for guidance.  The Linux Foundation has created comprehensive training courses on compliance that are delivered confidentially onsite to help companies meet their responsibilities.  We also have instructive white papers and a great checklist of compliance actions compiled from experiences of industry-best compliance programs, and the FOSSBazaar governance...

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Two lazyweb requests

I have a python script that I run all the time as part of my process for emailing out "your patch has been accepted" messages when I accept a Linux kernel patch into one of the many different development trees I maintain. This script's goal is to merely determine the character encoding that the email needs to be sent in, either "UTF-8" or "ISO-8859-1" or "ANSI_X3.4-1968". It's really simple which is great, but it is slow when fed a file of any real length. For example, the Linux kernel Makefile takes almost 2 seconds to run through this file, even if the file is in the...
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The Voices in Linus' Head Say Time for 2.8

Of the many questions Linus Torvalds must be tired of answering, one of the top 10 has to be "when will we have a 2.8 kernel?" (Or some variation thereof.) Naturally, a big fuss wouldn't do for announcing the decision to name a kernel 2.8 — so it's been slipped in as a postscript to the announcement that the next kernel will have a short merge window.

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Help me come up with good questions for Linus at LinuxCon Japan 2011

My previous plea for help worked out very well. The resulting video of the talk can be seen here, with one of the highlights being the phrase, "It is cheaper to work upstream in the kernel" from Dirk Hohndel who works at Intel. There's a summary of the talk on lwn.net over...
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Linux Goes Hollywood: Inspiration for Your 20th Anniversary Video Submission

While Linux creator Linus Torvalds said he was completely out of his depth when he and his wife attended the Oscars earlier this year, could it have sparked the formal beginning to an ongoing love affair between Linux and Hollywood?

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