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[News] State Funding Possible for Free Software Developers

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NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers 

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| Assemblymen Jonathan Bing and Micah Kellner, along with a number of 
| co-sponsors, have introduced proposed legislation in New York State which 
| would grant a tax credit to individuals acting as volunteers who develop open 
| source programs. The idea of the credit is to ensure that volunteer 
| developers, who could not otherwise deduct their expenses because they are 
| not part of a 'business,' should nevertheless be able to receive a tax 
| benefit for their contribution.      


New York Moves - Slowly - To Reward Open Source

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| The move is certainly a step in the right direction — and one that no doubt 
| will be eagerly supported by Open Source New Yorkers — and we applaud 
| Assemblymen Bing & Kellner, and their "multi-sponsor" colleagues, for their 
| efforts to support Open Source development — and Open Source developers.   


"Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein
Microsoft would 'backstop,' or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment....
Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar's investment
in SCO."

                        --Larry Goldfarb, BayStar

"The government is not trying to destroy Microsoft, it’s simply seeking to
compel Microsoft to obey the law. It’s quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates
the two."
                --Government official


FOSS advocacy in Africa receives a big boost from the Open Society Institute
for West Africa

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| The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) has received
| a grant from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) towards the
| FOSS Advocacy for West Africa (FOSSWAY) project. FOSSWAY is a one-million
| dollar project which is intended to entrench advocacy for free and open
| source software in the Western part of the African continent beginning
| January 2009.

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