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Build your own cloud with open source

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| The open source tools are R, a language designed for such sorts, and
| NetWorkSpaces, the “secret sauce” which lets R run in a cluster or cloud.
| Actually, the sauce is not so secret.
| Both tools are open source. “We are dedicated to making sure the secret sauce
| remains state of the art,” said Schultz. “A small number of developers is
| quite impractical these days.”
| Open source, in other words, is the secret sauce that makes the REvolution
| happen.



WordPress is Open Source

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| Six Apart has recently decided that the best way to win back customers
| fleeing their platforms is to target WordPress, which is a new strategy they
| call competing. (What have they been doing the past 7 years?) A good example
| is this exchange between a commenter on Valleywag and Byrne Reese, the lead
| developer of Movable Type: * *
| Sundown: “@anildash: what part of Wordpress is not open source?”
| byrnereese: “@Sunnduwn - I think that is a question better asked of
| Automattic. Anil, and certainly not Six Apart, has never been briefed, nor
| has anyone for that matter been presented with an accounting of what is open
| and closed source at Automattic.” *
| Okay, here’s some accounting:
| WordPress is 100% open source, GPL.
| All plugins in the official directory are GPL or compatible, 100% open
| source.
| bbPress is 100% GPL.
| WordPress MU is 100% open source, GPL, and if you wanted you could take it
| and build your own hosted platform like WordPress.com, like edublogs.org has
| with over 100,000 blogs. *
| There is more GPL stuff on the way, as well.
| Could you build Typepad or Vox with Movable Type? Probably not, especially
| since people with more than a few blogs or posts say it grinds to a halt, as
| Metblogs found before they switched to WordPress. *


How The GPL Can Save Your Ass

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| If you are the multi-billion dollar IT industry you stick you head in the
| sand and just keep making cars. It is after all, not your problem. That seems
| to be the attitude of almost every company with a vested interest in the
| computing market. There was a recent announcement indicating Intel and
| Microsoft have put up $10 million to fund research in parallel software. Hah!
| I'm going to laugh harder this time HAH, HAH! Ever here the phase pissing in
| the ocean, well this is more like throwing a match into the sun. We need
| more -- much more. * * *
| [...]
| Second, the entire in industry must co-operate and be involved. We need
| everyone working on this problem. The best minds in high performance
| computing have been at it for quite a while and it is time to turn up the
| volume. Fantasies of telling your R&D guys to get on it are not enough.
| Trying to corral your Intellectual Property (IP) with trade secrets and
| patents is wishful thinking. The rocket scientists (and plenty of other smart
| people) have been working on this issue for a long time. You don't have the
| time to waste trying to expand your IP fiefdom. Instead start thinking about
| what happens when the next generation of products is of absolutely no
| interest to your customers. * * * *
| Third we need to respond quickly. There is no time for IP agreements,
| posturing, and NIH ego trips (Not Invented Here). We need leaders to
| recognize the scope and magnitude of this challenge and act. Before too long,
| it will not be unreasonable to have four or even eight cores in a desktop. A
| workstation or server may have double this amount. It would sure be nice if
| my software could effectively use all these cores. * *
| [...]
| Using the GPL will immediately remove issues that would normally choke such
| an important undertaking. First, the any IP barriers get pushed aside and
| everyone can cooperate openly *


What if... Windows went open source?

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| But, given all the pressure that Microsoft is under these days from different
| quarters, what if the company decided to reveal those jewels? Would it have
| any impact on FOSS? Would people in the FOSS sphere really care? Would it
| make a difference? *



GPL Violations On Windows Go Unnoticed?

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| Several of the packages I installed included GPL and LGPL software without
| any mention of the GPL, much less source code. For example, DVD Photo
| Slideshow (www.dvd-photo-slideshow.com) included mkisofs, cdrdao, dvdauthor,
| spumux, id3lib, lame, mpeg2enc, and mplex (all of which are GPL or LGPL). The
| company tried to hide this by wrapping them all in DLLs. * *


Microsoft Embraces Machinima ... and Maybe the GPL?

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| To those of us who are licensing lawyers, that's an interesting development,
| as there are those who have questioned the GPL to the extent it's not a
| contract. Apparently Microsoft agrees with the FSF that unilateral
| permissions "work" in the world of IP licensing. *


What Microsoft can and cannot do

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| While I disagree with the FSF that the term intellectual property is “a
| propaganda term designed to confuse patent law with copyright and other
| unrelated laws, and to muddy the different issues they raise,” I do agree
| that Microsoft must abide by the terms and conditions of the GPL, whether
| version 2 or 3, whichever is applicable, which may emerge as a key question. * *


Ten Tech Blunders: Whoops, We Stepped in It!

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| In a horrible case of foot-in-mouth that revealed deep fear behind
| a thin mask of disdain, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer compared Linux
| to cancer. Ouch!


Microsoft denies Novell deal is breach of 'cancer' (GPL)

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| Microsoft Corp has denied that its patent deal with Novell Inc is in
| breach of the 'cancer' (GNU General Public License) or will automatically
| spread Microsoft's FUD (patent protection) to other Linux distributions.


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| "Microsoft says open-source software is un-American. Has the
| company completely lost its mind?
| Once upon a time, Microsoft executives confined
| their criticism of Linux and free software to old-fashioned FUD
| -- fear, uncertainty and doubt. Linux wasn't good enough for
| enterprise-class systems, they declared. You couldn't get
| quality support, and it was too hard and clunky for average users.
| Fair enough. But now, judging by comments made Wednesday by
| Microsoft's operating systems chief Jim Allchin (and reported
| by Bloomberg News), it turns out that free and open-source
| software is something far worse than anyone could possibly have
| imagined. It is nothing less than a threat to the American
| way of life! "

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