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[News] FOSS is gaining Ground, New Free Software Released

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Open Source Software Gaining Ground

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| FREE, open source office productivity tools are fast becoming the preferred 
| alternative for users who are concerned about cost savings. Rozana Sani 
| speaks to representatives of Sun Microsystems and IBM to get their views.  
| Open source, according to its proponents, is being adopted across major 
| verticals such as public, technical, educational, financial, and services 
| sectors and even among small and medium enterprises (SMEs).   


DimDim 4.0 is here!

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| As you can see from this diagram, DimDim offers free hosted web conferencing 
| for meetings with up to 20 users. If you need more web conferencing 
| capabilities, they offer hosted services at very reasonable rates.  


Openbravo, MySQL: Killer Open Source Combo Coming Soon

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| Openbravo — the open source ERP and point of sale (POS) specialist — is 
| discussing a partnership with MySQL and exploring the virtual applications 
| market, The VAR Guy learned while walking the aisles at LinuxWorld Expo. 
| Here’s why solutions providers should take notice.   



VC funding for open source hits an all-time high

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| Incidentally, total funding to date stands at $2.64bn.


Open-source venture investing hits an all-time high

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| Just when you thought venture interest in open source was quieting down, 
| along comes the biggest quarter in open source's (still young) history: 
| $203.75 million raised, as reported by The 451 Group. This trumped the 
| previous record of $193.6 million from Q4 2006.    


How Open Technology Could Lead Us Out Of Recession

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| At the same time, the United States has not only lost its former dominance in 
| world technology, it is rapidly achieving a status of "a nation of 
| shopkeepers".  
| We need to remove the barriers to entering the market. We need to be the 
| innovators in science and technology again. We need to regain the excitement 
| we had about scientific progress back in the 1940's and 1950's. We need 
| technicians in white lab coats, and we need to look up to them because they 
| are giving us wonderful things like atomic power and trips to the moon again. 
| We need kids to be excited about getting a chemistry set again. We need to 
| let those garage start-ups break out of that garage and open up their own 
| factory. We need to bring back homebrew computer clubs. We need people who 
| can say that they know something about computers besides how to turn one on.        
| In short, we need more geeks. Geeks make money.


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.   


Economic downturn = Financial upturn for GroundWork and open source

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| It's a great time to be in open source. When I see people straining to sell 
| and buy homes, I can smell the recession. But when I go to work selling 
| open-source solutions, I can taste prosperity. A downturn separates the wheat 
| from the chaff. Here's hoping for even more open-source "wheat."   

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