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[News] GravityZoo and RapidMind Incorporate FOSS into Strategy

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GravityZoo Goes Open Source With MediaZoo

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| GravityZoo todayannounced that MediaZoo, its Cloud based media library & 
| player, is going Open Source. The source code is released under the GNU 
| General Public License v3.  


RapidMind Embraces Open Source and Standards Projects to Increase Focus on
Simplifying Parallel Programming for Application Developers

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| LLVM is a set of open-source libraries and tools that provide a 
| hardware-independent interface to generate and optimize machine code for a 
| variety of processor architectures. LLVM is used in a number of compilers and 
| other products that require code generation, such as domain-specific 
| languages and Just-In-Time compilers. According to the LLVM website ( 
| http://llvm.org), companies such as Apple, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Siemens, 
| and others have integrated LLVM into their software.      


"Hey, Steve, just because you broke into Xerox’s store before I did and took
the TV doesn’t mean I can’t go in later and steal the stereo."

                                --Bill Gates, Microsoft


webEdition 6 Now Open Source - CMS Open Source Code Plus Professional Services
Support Available From Manufacturer

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| Living-e AG announced that it is offering its successful content management
| system webEdition 6 as open source software as of today.


Open Sourcing BricaBox

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| Today, I’m excited to announce that BricaBox, LLC is taking the first steps
| to open source the BricaBox Platform.


@Mail takes Webmail client open source

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| The @Mail Open client includes spell check, address book and video mail and
| is offered under an Apache 2.0 Open Source license. Users also can jump from
| the free client to the commercial version, which adds calendaring, and a
| groupware and antivirus module.



WordPress is Open Source

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| Six Apart has recently decided that the best way to win back customers
| fleeing their platforms is to target WordPress, which is a new strategy they
| call competing. (What have they been doing the past 7 years?) A good example
| is this exchange between a commenter on Valleywag and Byrne Reese, the lead
| developer of Movable Type:    
| Sundown: “@anildash: what part of Wordpress is not open source?”
| byrnereese: “@Sunnduwn - I think that is a question better asked of
| Automattic. Anil, and certainly not Six Apart, has never been briefed, nor
| has anyone for that matter been presented with an accounting of what is open
| and closed source at Automattic.”  
| Okay, here’s some accounting:
| WordPress is 100% open source, GPL.
| All plugins in the official directory are GPL or compatible, 100% open
| source.
| bbPress is 100% GPL.
| WordPress MU is 100% open source, GPL, and if you wanted you could take it
| and build your own hosted platform like WordPress.com, like edublogs.org has
| with over 100,000 blogs.  
| There is more GPL stuff on the way, as well. :)
| Could you build Typepad or Vox with Movable Type? Probably not, especially
| since people with more than a few blogs or posts say it grinds to a halt, as
| Metblogs found before they switched to WordPress.  


How The GPL Can Save Your Ass

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| If you are the multi-billion dollar IT industry you stick you head in the
| sand and just keep making cars. It is after all, not your problem. That seems
| to be the attitude of almost every company with a vested interest in the
| computing market. There was a recent announcement indicating Intel and
| Microsoft have put up $10 million to fund research in parallel software. Hah!
| I'm going to laugh harder this time HAH, HAH! Ever here the phase pissing in
| the ocean, well this is more like throwing a match into the sun. We need
| more -- much more.      
| [...]
| Second, the entire in industry must co-operate and be involved. We need
| everyone working on this problem. The best minds in high performance
| computing have been at it for quite a while and it is time to turn up the
| volume. Fantasies of telling your R&D guys to get on it are not enough.
| Trying to corral your Intellectual Property (IP) with trade secrets and
| patents is wishful thinking. The rocket scientists (and plenty of other smart
| people) have been working on this issue for a long time. You don't have the
| time to waste trying to expand your IP fiefdom. Instead start thinking about
| what happens when the next generation of products is of absolutely no
| interest to your customers.        
| Third we need to respond quickly. There is no time for IP agreements,
| posturing, and NIH ego trips (Not Invented Here). We need leaders to
| recognize the scope and magnitude of this challenge and act. Before too long,
| it will not be unreasonable to have four or even eight cores in a desktop. A
| workstation or server may have double this amount. It would sure be nice if
| my software could effectively use all these cores.    
| [...]
| Using the GPL will immediately remove issues that would normally choke such
| an important undertaking. First, the any IP barriers get pushed aside and
| everyone can cooperate openly  

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