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2008-09-16 15:00:18

By GARDNER, Chris Catalyst IT founder and director Don Christie, one of New Zealand's biggest advocates of free, open source software, shares his passion with Technology editor Chris Gardner -------------------- There is a quiet revolution going on among the world's computer users. One of the people at the heart of that revolution is New Zealand Open Source Society president Don Christie, who preached his revolutionary message to the New Zealand Computer Society at Wintec, in...

2008-09-16 15:00:18

By WALLES, Hayden Open source software is more than a catchphrase and may even change the future of copyright, writes Hayden Walles. -------------- ------ Open source software may sound like just another passing buzzphrase, but it is no fly-by-nighter. It has been around for decades and we have all relied on it for some time, as more and more people are coming into direct contact with open source, it's a good time to ask what makes it so special. The source here is source code, the...

2008-09-11 09:00:10

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced a global call to action for organizations and consumers to embrace open source software as part of its sponsorship of Software Freedom Day (SFD) on September 20, 2008. Sun is calling for community members and Sun employees across the world to participate in a global education program designed to improve awareness around the importance and benefits of open source technologies. Software Freedom Day (http://softwarefreedomday.org/) is an...

2008-09-05 12:00:18

Transverse, a pioneer of open source business solutions, is officially announcing its company launch today. Transverse is the first company to extend the true promise of open source computing to telecom operational support systems (OSS) -- better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to vendor lock-in. Legacy systems and proprietary vendor relationships are currently preventing service providers from integrating new revenue streams into existing billing...

2008-08-27 12:00:53

Keith Bright, one of the world's leading evangelists for open approaches to technology and a key leader of IBM's initiative to drive innovation using Linux and open source software, will be the keynote speaker at "The Orange Conference," hosted by MPower for clients, partners and other members of the nonprofit community. MPower provides the most open, flexible, and powerful software for nonprofit constituent relationship management (CRM) and fundraising. The theme of the company's...

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2008-08-15 15:24:23

Open source software advocates have hailed a court ruling protecting its use, even though it is given it away for free. The US federal appeals court move overturned a lower court decision involving free software used in model trains that a hobbyist put online. Conditions of an agreement called the Artistic License were enforceable under copyright law, according to the court. "For non-law geeks, this won't seem important but this is huge," said Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig. "In...

2008-08-11 03:00:16

By Rozana Sani FREE, open source office productivity tools are fast becoming the preferred alternative for users who are concerned about cost savings. Rozana Sani speaks to representatives of Sun Microsystems and IBM to get their views. Open source, according to its proponents, is being adopted across major verticals such as public, technical, educational, financial, and services sectors and even among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Sun Microsystems' marketing director Chong Soon...

2008-07-22 09:00:36

OpenLogic, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source software solutions encompassing hundreds of open source packages, today announced the results of a survey of corporate open source users regarding open source support. The survey was conducted in June 2008 of 123 enterprise users of open source software. Half of the respondents came from organizations with more than 1,000 employees (upon request, OpenLogic can filter results of survey by organization size). Respondents included systems...

2004-11-30 12:00:12

MySQL, a software maker based in Uppsala, Sweden, is giving away five million copies of its best product: a database so powerful that global banks use it to track their credit risks and scientists rely on it to catalog the chain of chromosomes that make up the human gene. The generosity is the same at Trolltech in Oslo, where 4,400 companies, including Siemens, IBM and Sharp, have downloaded a free product called Qt, a software toolbox that their developers can use to create functions that...


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