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[News] Old Business Can't Compete with GNU/Linux, FOSS Benefits from Depression

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Interview: Wired’s Chris Anderson on the ‘free’ business model

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| I’m staring at my Netbook right now and I only have Google Chrome installed. 
| It’s running Ubuntu, I’m using Google Docs – this is the first computer I’ve 
| owned that Microsoft didn’t make a penny off of me. But I’m a consumer. The 
| conclusion of the chapter is that you can’t compete with free.   


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Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?

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| The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our 
| Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives 
| some caveats.   



Red Hat's new chief: A pragmatic believer?

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| Does the patent settlement you announced recently [with FireStar Software]
| that is consistent with the GPL mean that you are in a better position to be
| able to settle your patent dispute with Microsoft?
| [Jim Whitehurst:] The problem is that we don't know what the Microsoft
| [patent threat] is. They have said in the past that 235 patents [are
| infringed by Linux] and we have yet to see what any of them are.
| Conceptually, it should be possible but, again, we don't know what we are
| talking about there.
| When was the last time you spoke to Microsoft regarding patents?
| [Jim Whitehurst:] I am sure, as a company, we have an ongoing dialogue on a
| lot of things. I have had dialogue at a senior level, but it has been more on
| how we can work better on interoperability for customers; I haven't had any
| direct conversations around the patent issue.


Red Hat Fedora Claims It's the Leader in Linux

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| Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution has now tallied its user base,
| and it's a number that on the surface would make it the largest installed
| base of any Linux distribution, with at least 9.5 million users and possibly
| as many as 10.5 million.

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