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[News] Huffington Post Tells US Government to Choose Free Software

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Go Open, Obama and Save Us Some Money!

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| The Obama campaign web site that revolutionized online politics was created 
| with web tools that are not owned by any company. They are open source. The 
| new administration web sites -- www.whitehouse.gov, and www.recovery.gov -- 
| are also crafted with open, free tools.   
| Obama should direct the federal government to use hosted and free tools 
| across all branches of government. This will save the government a LOT of 
| money and make it much easier to share this info on the web.  
| Instead of using Microsoft Office, if government documents were created in 
| Openoffice.org, Google Docs (which is not open source, but is free) or other 
| hosted and open sites, we could all get access right away to important 
| government information. Microsoft Office no longer makes sense in a world 
| that is sharing information on the web rather than in print.     



Yes, We Can Make the Stimulus More Stimulating

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| 6) Funding for the Development of Open Software
|     In the same vein, the government can spend $2 billion a year to develop
|     open source software. This money can be used to further develop and
|     simplify open source operating systems such as Linux, as well other forms
|     of free software. The payoffs from this spending would be enormous.
|     Imagine that every computer buyer in the world would be able to get a
|     computer for which the operating system was free, as was almost all the
|     software that they would ever use.


Economist suggests federal funding of Open Source

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| US ECONOMIST Dean Baker suggested on Monday that the federal government ought
| to fund Open Source software development as part of this year's economic
| stimulus package.
| The subsidy was one of seven ideas he mentioned in an article published
| online at Truthout, including extending health insurance coverage, public
| funding for clinical drug trials, cash buyouts for older vehicles, subsidies
| for public transportation, federal funding for creative artisans and artists,
| and tax incentives for shorter working weeks and more holiday time off.


The Once and Future Economy

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| This is yet another reason why the lock down of knowledge by intellectual
| monopolies is simply unacceptable in a world that will be predicated on
| sharing digital stuff, just as we used to share the physical stuff that
| Nature gave us a few hundred thousand years ago.


Siemens patent snafu sees Seagate slip away

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| Siemens reckoned Seagate had infringed a group of patents it thought it owned
| concerned with multi-layer hard disk drive sensor technology in GMR (Giant
| Magneto-Resistive) read heads. Siemens claimed up to $1bn in damages, based
| on all Seagate hard drives shipping since 2000 using its patented technology.
| Subsequently this was reduced to $366m, which it calculated as a three per
| cent royalty on Seagate HDD sales of $12.2bn in the relevant period. The
| judge then restricted the damages claim to royalties on disk drive sales
| after November 24 2004, which amounted to $160m.


The (Intellectual Monopoly) Biter Bit

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| The author of a proposed Chilean law to fight copyright infringement was
| greeted with the warning message "This copy of Microsoft Office is not
| genuine" when he was making a presentation about it.

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