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[News] Free Software in the Enterprise Unavoidable, Inevitable

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Open source, Facebook smuggled into work by Generation Y

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| The next generation of workers - the so-called 'Millennials' - demand to be 
| allowed to use consumer tech, social networking and open source software at 
| work, a survey by Accenture has found.  
| [...]
| Those aged 18 to 22 favour technology not supported by their employer, with 
| 39 per cent using their own mobile phones, 28 per cent using social 
| networking sites, 27 per cent instant messaging and 19 per cent installing 
| open source software.   
| They also regularly download non-standard technology from free public 
| websites such as open source communities, "mashup" and "widget" providers,  
| with three-quarters of 18 to 27-year-olds accessing online collaborative 
| tools and online applications from free public websites when those 
| technologies were not available at work or not meeting their expectations.   



Open Source Smackdown - live or die in the new economy, it all has an OSS angle

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| Last thoughts on OSS looking forward: In reality, OSS has been enabled by the
| commoditization of extremely complex technology. Cutting edge technology and
| the development of cutting edge technology is accessible to practically
| anyone. So how do you create your company's value in that market if you're
| making heavy use of OSS technology, vs. simply becoming a packager or
| integrator of OSS? Second, how does the disruption caused by an OSS
| marketplace require adaptation from a business that grew up with totally
| closed, protected IP? The small and large companies identified above each
| have interesting answers to those questions.


Red Hat: Crisis to boost open source

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| The global economic crisis would provide a boost for open source software,
| Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst claimed during a visit to Sydney this
| week.
| Whitehurst, who stopped over down under as part of a tour of the Asia-Pacific
| region, said in an interview with ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet Australia
| that the crisis would cause companies to consolidate their technology
| infrastructure and reduce spending.


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.


Microsoft sees slide in profits

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