News Category: Open Source Practices

Slight Rise in IT Salaries Gives Hope

Computer Economics survey shows companies are starting to renew efforts to keep key staff with modest wage increases. Read more at  internetnews.com
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Open Source "Rookie of the Year" Projects for 2009

In 2009, developers created an average of 52 new projects per day.  These projects cover the spectrum of functionality from games to tools to desktop applications to frameworks.  Everyone is familiar with Linux, Apache, MySQL and other well known projects.  Brand new projects don’t always...
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Extracting License Information From RPM Files and Distributions

  I've noticed what seems to be a growing demand on behalf of downstream recipients of open source software to provide a list of all the licenses which can be found in the software provided. Generally, what is meant is a 'license overview' of the various packages in the software and not a...
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An Insight into Open Source Initiatives at BT

  Both BT's open source innovation capability, Osmosoft, and its open source governance unit, the Open Source Operations Team, aim to operate in as transparent a manner as possible. In support of this we contribute to initiatives such as FOSSBazaar and the European Legal Network, and where...
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Porting to Open Source--Where to Begin...

So once an entity decides to "open up" its proprietary product, what does it entail? ¬â Porting to open source operating environment is not similar to that of porting to a tightly managed operating environment (Windows, MAC OS X, HP-UX, Solaris) since there are more than a dozen varieties of...
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Webinar: Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Exporting Software Containing Encryption

Eran Strod of Black Duck Software will give a webinar about the "Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Exporting Software Containing Encryption" on Thursday, January 14th (11:30am ET, 8:30am PT). This webinar is free of charge but you have to register. Here is the full description: The export of...
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Microsoft Legal Unfazed by Ubuntu Windows XP GUI Clone

When word came over the holidays that a Chinese group had created an Ubuntu distribution named Ylmf OS that clones the look and feel of Windows XP, we contacted Microsoft to see what they thought about this very odd way of pirating the company's most popular operating system. While some speculated...
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Microsoft Promises Not to Press Charges Against Moonlight Users

Article Source The HDecember 24, 2009, 4:54 am As announced a week ago when version 2 of the Moonlight plug-in for Firefox was announced by Novell developer Michael de Icaza, Microsoft has published a new Moonlight patent agreement. Now, Microsoft says that it will not press charges against...
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Fulfillment Center Aims to Protect Companies from GPL Lawsuits

Article Source LinuxDevicesDecember 17, 2009, 3:34 pm The announcement of the new service arrives after a series of lawsuits by the SFLC over the last two years on behalf of the developers of the open source BusyBox utilities, capped off by this week's suit against 14 consumer electronics...
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License Management of Windows vs. Linux

Most of us already know that Microsoft is in the game to make money. Part of this process involves tracking and making users pay for its product. This is where software licensing comes into play. For the average home user that goes to the store and purchases Windows, a new computer with Windows...
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