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Hedging against recession with free and open source software

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| Is free and open source software (FOSS) a way to cut business costs? As 
| concern about recession - even depression - deepens, more and more companies 
| are asking this question. However, many have trouble knowing how to begin to 
| find an answer.   
| Certainly, many companies have been looking for FOSS solutions in the last 
| six months. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, predicted 
| last December that GNU/Linux and other FOSS technologies would become more 
| attractive in hard economic times. “Lower cost, faster time to market, higher 
| profit margins, better branding — these are all things that are in favor of 
| Linux and not in favor of Windows,” he writes, and his comments seem 
| accurate. According to Business Week, FOSS-based companies like SugarCRM, 
| Digium and Zenoss, all reported record quarters last fall, while Red Hat had 
| over $500 million in revenue over the last twelve months.        


Open Source Media Center Apps Are Growing Up

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| Back in December, MediaPortal 1.0, an open source application that turns a 
| PC/TV into a sophisticated media center and digital video recorder, arrived. 
| Originally based on the XBMC project, version 1.0 was a nearly complete 
| redesign, and has gotten quite a bit of notice, despite a few bugs. On March 
| 15th, the folks behind MediaPortal plan to release a 1.0.1 version with 
| usability improvements     



10 Most Awesome Linux Applications

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| I know, I know.  Not another blog post that lists the “top 10 something or
| other”.  But bear with me.
| I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a given application awesome.
| I use a lot of applications every day, many I couldn’t do my job without… but
| not all of them are awesome.
| It’s hard to describe just what “awesome” is.  It could be the reliability of
| something.  Or the sheer joy it brings when you use it.  Or that it does
| something truly unique and inspiring.
| With that in mind… my list of the top 10 most awesome applications for the
| Linux desktop (in no particular order).

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