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[News] Good Financial Settings for Free Software and More Funding

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Five reasons why the economic slowdown is good news for open source

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| I was recently at a conference on virtualization, but one comment by one of 
| the presenters attracted my interest. He noted that one of the big drivers 
| towards open source use in business took place after the dot com bust nine 
| years ago. When the dot com balloon burst, companies needed less expensive 
| ways to run their IT infrastructure and many turned to open source and Linux 
| for the first time. Here are five reasons why the current economic malaise is 
| good for open source. Here's the caveat, my next blog will be on five reasons 
| why the economic downturn will be good for proprietary software vendors.       


Talend Secures $12 Million in Funding to Fuel Continued Worldwide Growth



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Is MS Preening in Public Posts?

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| The author of the email, posted on ZDNet in a Talkback forum on the Microsoft
| antitrust trial, claimed her name was Michelle Bradley and that she
| had "retired" from Microsoft last week.
| "A verbal memo [no email allowed] was passed around the MS campus encouraging
| MS employee's to post to ZDNet articles like this one," the email said.
| "The theme is 'Microsoft is responsible for all good things in computerdom.'
| The government has no right to prevent MS from doing anything. Period.
| The 'memo' suggests we use fictional names and state and to identify
| ourselves as students," the author claimed.

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