Free/Libre and Open Source Software

OSDL: Linux Market to Exceed $35 Billion US by 2008

This press release from the Open Source Development Lab includes:

BEAVERTON, Ore. - December 15, 2004 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux® in the enterprise, today announced the completion of a global Linux market share and forecast study conducted by market research firm IDC that predicts the overall market revenue for desktops, servers, and packaged software running on Linux will exceed $35 billion by 2008.<

CIO Insight: Are Your Vendors Providing More Value?

Linux vendor Red Hat is the top-ranked company in CIO
Insight's second annual Vendor Value Survey
--where CIOs rank
vendors on the business value they provide to their
companies. Want free, clean software?

An article in by the editors includes:

Now, as an example of how it provides people with choice where once there was none, Canada’s Jem Berkes has launched, designed very specifically to help Windows users find the best free daily-use software, free from nasties: adware, spyware, harmful/intrusive components, and threats to privacy.

See also: SlashDot

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

When asked what I believe is the most important feature of the Internet, I boil it down to one thing: dis-intermediation.

Open source and open innovation" at European Acadamy of Management Conference

The 2005 European Academy of Management Conference will be held in Munich, May 4-7th.

Organizers of the track "Open source and open innovation", have invited people to submit papers on this topic.

Open letter on agreement between UNESCO and MICROSOFT Corporation

Open letter to UNESCO, realized by MISTICA virtual Community, after knowing about an agreement between UNESCO and MICROSOFT Corporation. The letter ask for the divulgation of the terms of the agreement to allow the evaluation of its interest for Developing Countries.

Linux Opinion: An Open Letter to a Digital World

This Open Letter by Chris Spencer includes:

That's right - a system administrator for 10 years with a degree in computer science and a RHCE CAN clean up a single spyware infection in 5 hours.

I hope you see what I am really saying here. How on this earth are people that aren't trained in Information Technology going to do it? As a Linux desktop user, I had never been exposed to this type of problem. Having now battled with spyware, I am finally motivated to speak up and say something to the world. I want to get a single message across:

It's time for anyone running a Windows PC to switch to Linux.

TheOpenCD v2.0 released!

This message from

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of TheOpenCD v2.0. The disc contains old favorites like Mozilla, OpenOffice, AbiWord, Gimp in updated versions, but also has some noteable additions like Firefox, Thunderbird, Blender and Gaim. The CD browser technology is also new this time, and is based on Gecko. This approach should make it simpler to make derivatives, including localized versions, some of which will be out shortly. We have timed the release to be out just before the holidays so you can fill the stockings of friends and family with Free and useful software.

Welcome to the Xiph.Org Foundation

While this project has been underway for a long time, it may be interesting for people not yet familiar with the importance of Open Source and Open Standards to cultural policy to read the About Xiph.Org introduction written in 1999 by Christopher Montgomery.

Xiph.Org Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the foundations of Internet multimedia from control by private interests. Our purpose is to support and develop free, open protocols and software to serve the public, developer and business markets.

Benjamine Franklin endorses Open Source?...

The following is included on the homepage for the NTOP project.

As we enjoy great advantages from inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.

Benjamin Franklin

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