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"Open source" means, the source code (the programming code) is open
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Linux Spreads its Wings in India
2,600 [schools] in the state of Kerala making the shift [to desktop linux]. That means each of the state's 1.5 million high school students will grow accustomed to working not in the Windows environment familiar to computer users worldwide, but in Linux. And over the next two years, computer science based on Linux software will be made mandatory in all of the state's high schools
: 21 Sept 2006
Five myths of open source
"The open source movement today is a lot more than a motley crew of hobbyists hacking in their free time. Based on the simple but rigorously applied principles of technical openness and freedom to tinker, it has become a force to reckon with even where serious money-making businesses are concerned. Major technology companies are committed to open source and are starting to build strategic and tactical business models around it."
FLOSS is not Just Good for Teeth
"Free, Libre and Open Source Explained (finally) in Simple English!" 32-page PDF - "Introduction to the concepts that underlie free and open source software, written specially for the non-technical reader, at the Sarai Programme (www.sarai.net) of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.
The culture of sharing: Why releasing copyright will be the smartest thing you do
"A large number of us want people to be able to share ideas and communicate freely, without legal restrictions. And I’d go even further: we like it when creative people freely share their work with us, and allow us to use their work (or derivatives of it) in our own work. This is the Culture of Sharing that is growing on the Internet. It has a long history, even pre-dating the Internet, ... " 32
Leo Babauta - WriteToDone
: April 2009
Tim O'Reilly: Software licenses don't work
... there's a paradigm shift going on right now, and it's really around both open source and the Internet, ... all of the killer apps of the Internet era: Amazon, Google, and Maps.yahoo.com. They run on Linux or FreeBSD, but they're not apps in the way that people have traditionally thought of applications, so they just don't get considered. Amazon is built with Perl on top of Linux. It's basically a bunch of open source hackers, but they're working for a company that's as fiercely proprietary as any proprietary software company. What's wrong with this picture? Well, one thing is that one of the fundamental premises of open source is that the licenses are all conditioned on the act of software distribution, and once you're no longer distributing an application, none of the licenses mean squat. I would go further than the fact that the licenses don't work. I would also point out that these applications are fundamentally different in that their interfaces are composed much more of data than they are of just software.
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