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Why We Need an Open Wireless Movement

Yesterday Peter Eckersly posted at eff.org about the EFF's coming Open Wireless Movement. Here's what he had to say: If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they're...

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Linux Users Willing to Pay More for the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle Than Others

On April 12 the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle went up for sale--for whatever price you want. On top of that, you can select how much of your payment goes to the developers and how much goes to charity. Wolfire Games started organizing the Humble Indie Bundle series, which the HFB is...

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The Role of Technical Forums in the Progress of Open Source

I am a huge advocate of the concept of open source software. As a society, we are at a point where information sharing is more critical than ever. Technical forums support the mission of open source in multiple ways. First, they allow programmers to work outside of their expertise.

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Open Source is More Than Throwing Code

Open source has achieved a bit of popularity in the tech world, and has even become a bit mainstream. I sadly think this means that many have and will continue to miss the point of what being open source really means. Open source doesn't just mean showing source code. Many...

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Can Collaboration Heal Rising Medical Costs?

Medical costs are rising dramatically. Few consumers would dispute that.The U.S. government spent more than $2.3 trillion on healthcare in 2008, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980—all according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more... read...

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Diving into Open Source Communities: Students' Need to Knows

One of the talks at POSSCON's education track was John "maddog" Hall's presentation titled "FOSS Teaches You Twice or Three Times." A 42-year veteran of the computer industry, maddog has seen it all. He's since turned his attention to the field of education and the work of creating a nation...

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