Microsoft's decision to issue free versions of its products at number of levels suggests that it's well aware of the competitive threat posed by free open source software.
on 04/14/2010 – Made popular on 04/14/2010
Last April (April-29-2010) there was a local event in Ecuador organized by AESoft, the Ecuadorian Software association. This event was names Integrated Technologies and was sponsored by Microsoft, CodePlex, Port25 and The Apache Foundation. On this conference Microsoft sent a message saying that they are Open Source friendly and they support Open Source development.
Summary: Friends and offsprings of Microsoft keep shopping for some of the pillars of the Open Source community, which also weakens the Free software community
Black Duck, a proprietary software group with Microsoft roots, is slurping up a lot of open source firms, this time Olliance Group. It’s “more of a Black Ostrich [than a duck] given its size,” remarks Dr.
If you are fresh out of uni with a degree in IT or even currently studying, it is the best time to become a free software or open source developer (F/OS) and gain Linux experience. In this article we will talk about what is a free software and open source software and what are the benefits of becoming a F/OS developer.
After almost one year of (first testing, then) using the several versions of Ubuntu, I became a Linux defender and loving Ubuntu, because:
- I love the concept of free and open source software
- I hate Apple's attitude, sometimes even worse than Microsoft's
- There are really great free or open-source apps that are at least as good as the commercial rivals, like GIMP, LibreOffice and, of course, T
My understanding is that some of the software in the multiverse repository is open source even if its licensing is not free. For example, maelstrom, if I remember correctly, is open source, but there are issues with the license on the graphics. Regardless, I don't want to introduce closed-source software to my systems, but I don't have Stallman Syndrome either.
Editor’s note: Heather Meeker is a shareholder and chair of the IP/IT Licensing and Transactions Group in the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, and a leading authority on open-source software licensing.
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