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[News] Free Software Now a Part of Business Fabric, Accelerated by Depression

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The future of open source

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| There's no question that the open source community is a passionate one -- and 
| one with significant influence on technology directions and options. We're 
| way past the days when people asked if Linux or Apache was safe to depend on 
| in business. Open source is now a mainstream part of the technology fabric.   


Software for the recession

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| But there's still time to jump on the new software train, and the offerings 
| are even better now than they were during the 2001 economic downturn. 
| Open-source, subscription-based or next-generation software solutions offer 
| safe, more secure and better ways to run IT on a pay-as-you-go basis. You'll 
| no longer be financially locked in, with your budget at the mercy of 
| propriety software vendors.     
| [...]
| Seeking alternative solutions, we evaluated new SaaS and open-source software 
| solutions coming to market, such as Red Hat Linux, SuccessFactors, OpenAir 
| and Salesforce.com. We discovered we were able to achieve lower costs along 
| with greater innovation with these solutions in a very short period of time. 
| More than once, we paid for the first year's subscription, implementation and 
| training fees and the rest of the cost of conversion for less than we would 
| have spent on maintenance and support services on the legacy solution.       



Digium Announces Sharp Rise in Asterisk Downloads in 2008

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| Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today announced that the award-winning
| Asterisk open source telephony software was downloaded 1.5 million times in
| 2008, more than any other year in company history and an impressive 50
| percent higher than last year. The announcement caps a year of milestones and
| accolades for Digium and marks a promising start to 2009, when Digium
| celebrates the 10th anniversary of Asterisk, the open source software that
| has changed the telecommunications world.


Zmanda's Revenue and Subscriber Base Quadrupled in 2008 via Open Source Data
Protection Solutions

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| While data protection is a key factor in all sized businesses, the cost of
| data protection has become a challenge for businesses that are affected by
| economical crisis.


Microsoft's Market Cap Falls $24B in 17 Days

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| Microsoft is on the list. Today, the stock closed at $25.01 a share, down
| $2.39, or 8.72 percent.


Ballmer says Microsoft not immune from global crisis


Ex-Microsoft boss sentenced



Former Microsoft Manager Gets 2 Years In Jail


SEC Investigating Microsoft Practices -- Earnings Manipulated, Former Employee

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| "The CFO to whom Charlie was reporting his concerns about illegality was the
| biggest advocate for the very illegality that was going on," Vial argued in
| court a year ago.



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| THE ALLEGATIONS WERE shocking: For years, Microsoft has systematically
| distorted its profit figures in an effort to consistently beat Wall Street
| expectations and keep its stock price steadily rising. The false reports
| would violate SEC regulations, and amount to outright fraud.
| More shocking was the source of the allegations: Microsoft's chief of
| internal audits, Charlie Pancerzewski, who reported directly to the company's
| chief financial officer.
| Most shocking of all was what happened to Pancerzewski when he reported the
| suspicious bookkeeping to his supervisors, Microsoft CFO Mike Brown and chief
| operating officer Bob Herbold, in the spring of 1995. Soon afterward,
| Pancerzewski—who for nearly five years had received stellar performance
| evaluations—received his first-ever unsatisfactory one, and was eventually
| forced to resign.
| Two months ago, Microsoft quietly settled a lawsuit containing these
| allegations, filed in 1997 by Pancerzewski under the Whistleblowers
| Protection Act. The auditor claimed he was wrongfully terminated after
| telling his supervisors that Microsoft might be breaking securities and tax
| laws. The lawsuit made its tortuous way through several rounds of pretrial
| motions until last fall, when US District Judge Carolyn Dimmick denied
| Microsoft's final plea for summary judgment, finding credible evidence that
| Microsoft may have violated SEC rules, as Pancerzewski alleged. Shortly
| thereafter, Microsoft and Pancerzewski settled out of court. Terms of the
| agreement were sealed, but one source who claims familiarity with the case
| says that Microsoft paid Pancerzewski $4 million.

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