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[News] The 4 Freedoms Makes GNU/Linux an Attractive Choice, Cost Also

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Opinion: Ask Not What Linux Can Do for You

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| Thanks to Canonical and its success with popularizing Ubuntu Linux, there has 
| been an astonishing influx of new Linux users. This is one of those good 
| news -- bad news scenarios; the growth is wonderful, but it also brings a 
| growth in user demands, and a carryover of bad habits from the closed, 
| proprietary software world. The core values of Free Software, which is not 
| the same as Open Source software, are Richard Stallman's famous Four 
| Freedoms:      
|     * The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
|     * The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs 
|       (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. 
|     * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor 
|       (freedom 2). 
|     * The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to 
|       the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to 
|       the source code is a precondition for this.  


How to Talk to Your CIO/CTO About Using Linux and Open Source Inside Your

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| So does that make this a prime time to be suggesting new or expanded uses of 
| Linux and open source software to your CIO or CTO to update and improve your 
| company’s IT systems?  
| Actually, that’s not a bad idea, according to several industry analysts and 
| experts who talked with Linux.com to offer their hints and tips on how to 
| broach the subject and make an effective business case for wider Linux use 
| even as the economy remains difficult.    
| [...]
| Analyst Donald A. DePalma, president of Common Sense Advisory Inc. in Lowell, 
| MA, said today’s tough economic environment gives you another key point in 
| talking up open source to your executives.  
| “In this market, its amazing how things are being turned on their heads,” 
| DePalma said. For years, one corporate argument against open source has been 
| about the uncertainty of support. But today, as even proprietary vendors are 
| being pressured, there are no longer built-in guarantees of long-term support 
| for the applications and hardware you are using today, he said.     



IT Cost Cutting - Efficient Infrastructures and Open Source Software

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| Operating system licenses can easily break an IT budget. With open source
| solutions like CentOS, which is practically identical to the RedHat
| Enterprise offering, have been making its way into datacenters across the
| globe. Combine this with an open source security solution such as OSSIM, and
| you quickly have a very robust security product running for next to nothing
| in dollars terms.


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."

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