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Open source, Facebook smuggled into work by Generation Y

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| The next generation of workers - the so-called 'Millennials' - demand to be
| allowed to use consumer tech, social networking and open source software at
| work, a survey by Accenture has found.
|
| [...]
|
| Those aged 18 to 22 favour technology not supported by their employer, with
| 39 per cent using their own mobile phones, 28 per cent using social
| networking sites, 27 per cent instant messaging and 19 per cent installing
| open source software.
|
| They also regularly download non-standard technology from free public
| websites such as open source communities, "mashup" and "widget" providers,
| with three-quarters of 18 to 27-year-olds accessing online collaborative
| tools and online applications from free public websites when those
| technologies were not available at work or not meeting their expectations.
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http://management.silicon.com/itdire...400,00.htm?r=1


Recent:

Open Source Smackdown - live or die in the new economy, it all has an OSS angle
now.

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| Last thoughts on OSS looking forward: In reality, OSS has been enabled by the
| commoditization of extremely complex technology. Cutting edge technology and
| the development of cutting edge technology is accessible to practically
| anyone. So how do you create your company's value in that market if you're
| making heavy use of OSS technology, vs. simply becoming a packager or
| integrator of OSS? Second, how does the disruption caused by an OSS
| marketplace require adaptation from a business that grew up with totally
| closed, protected IP? The small and large companies identified above each
| have interesting answers to those questions.
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/open_source_smackdown


Red Hat: Crisis to boost open source

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| The global economic crisis would provide a boost for open source software,
| Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst claimed during a visit to Sydney this
| week.
|
| Whitehurst, who stopped over down under as part of a tour of the Asia-Pacific
| region, said in an interview with ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet Australia
| that the crisis would cause companies to consolidate their technology
| infrastructure and reduce spending.
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http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/softwa...2047208,00.htm


No Recession at Red Hat

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| It is flattering to be mentioned, Mr. Whitehurst said, but he noted that
| corporate customers and the industry benefit from what he called Red
| Hat’s “Switzerland status” — not being a province of one of the major powers
| in the technology industry.
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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/0...on-at-red-hat/


Microsoft sees slide in profits

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7366106.stm
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