Go Ahead and Take It

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| Technology often comes with a hefty price tag, but there are many programs
| and services your office can use gratis. A few of these services are
| supported by advertising, some are open source, and others are giveaways
| offered by companies that charge for more robust, premium versions of the
| same products.
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http://www.inc.com/magazine/20080501...d-take-it.html

Interview with the Ekiga developers

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| Every single member had something important to say, and the result is an
| interview that becomes a unique insight into Ekiga, the VoIP world, free
| software development and team work.
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...iga_developers


Related:

Open source to hit $22 billion by 2010. What this means for Red Hat and Novell

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| Interestingly, this number jumps to $41 billion if you add in the $19 billion
| that enterprises will invest in internal open-source development instead of
| wasting it on proprietary software licenses, according to Morgan Stanley... *
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http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...tfd.blogs.item


European spend on open source software hits 22bn Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.
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http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/...yid=single7850


Open source funding: the complete picture

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| In addition to VC funding, we also took a look at the amounts raised
| by open source vendors via initial public offerings. These figures
| are not included in the totals of $1.89bn or $2.02bn, but for those
| that are interested, between them Red Hat, VA, Caldera, Mandriva,
| Turbolinux and Trolltech raised $319.9m via their IPOs.
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http://www.businessreviewonline.com/...rce_fun_2.html


Why do vendors invest in open source?

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| The Harvard Business School has published the preliminary draft
| an interesting report that confirms one thing we probably could
| have guessed - that vendors invest in open source for economic,
| rather than altruistic, reasons - and calculates a number of
| things we probably couldn't - such as the fact that vendors
| invested $2bn in open source software between 1995 and 2005.
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http://www.businessreviewonline.com/...o_vendors.html


Source of the revolution

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| According to Ghosh, the notional value of Europe's investment in
| free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) today is e22bn,
| representing 20.5pc of the region's total software investment.
| Spending on OSS stands at e36bn and accounts for 20pc of software
| expenditure in the US.
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http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/...yid=single8105