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[News] Why Free Software is Important: Control, Expression

  • Subject: [News] Why Free Software is Important: Control, Expression
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 04 Nov 2009 07:59:50 +0000
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Of cabbages and kings and Linux and things. 

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| When it comes to Linux, or more generally 
| FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), there 
| are two major factions. There is the Free 
| Software faction and the Open Source 
| faction. The Free faction has a different 
| ultimate goal from the Open Source faction 
| even though they, to the outside viewer, 
| may seem the same. Not everybody subscribes 
| to the mandates of one faction or the 
| other. In fact some of us can emphatically 
| disagree with the methods and mandates of 
| the leaders.
| Yet even though we disagree, even though we 
| may find their actions and methods 
| detrimental to the FOSS movement, we still 
| choose to participate in FOSS. Why is that? 
| Personally, for me, it is because it gives 
| me control over my computer. I have the 
| freedom to decide how my computer should 
| run and I have the freedom to express my 
| individuality with it (yes even Borgs are 
| people too :). I also do not agree to 
| having to use my computer under conditions 
| dictated by those who's only goal is to 
| make money and control my computer through 
| forced upgrades and invasive audits. 



Life Without Open Source?

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| It's ironic that the effects of open source software on our economy are
| largely unmeasured and may be unmeasurable, but suffice to say the effects
| are enormous. Life without open source software would not only be quite a bit
| different, but many people would also be quite a bit less wealthy. The
| business of OSS is booming and will likely continue to drive the great
| expansion of the Internet and concomitant transformation of society.


Smoking the cloud: the technology of cloud computing

,----[ Quote ]
| Like any new paradigm Cloud computing represents a shift. In this case, it is
| best described by the addition of a new layer  we could call a Cloud
| Operating System.
| At its core an operating system is really a task/process manager, a memory
| manager and an I/O manager. Similarly, a Cloud Operating System (COS) defines
| how are managed tasks/applications, how  memory/storage is organized and the
| mechanisms by which massive information flow  is handled. COS is a network
| operating system running atop of a cloud that is, an hyper network of
| computers.


You're A Linux User/Supporter: You Just Don't Know It Yet  

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| I'D like to start by asking you a series of seemingly unrelated questions.  
| Have you watched Shrek or Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone?  Have you
| flown on Continental, Virgin America or Singapore Airlines?  Do you drive a
| BMW, Fiat or Renault car?  Are you serving in the United States Army?  Have
| you ever bought anything online using Paypal?  Have you ever stayed in a
| Sheraton hotel?  Or travelled by train in Canada?    


Down To Business: As IBM Reaches For Cloud, Where Next Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| IBM's alignment with Google around Linux and Internet standards should have
| its longtime rival sweating sans Yahoo.


The hidden world of Linux

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| There are many great FOSS projects that utilise old PC hardware and give it a
| new lease of life. The best is desktop computing with various Linux
| distribution flavours like Mint, PCLinux, Ubuntu and countless others. In
| fact it is my considered belief that the best hardware to run Linux on is
| infact (almost) any machine that is at least 12 months old. It is possible,
| of course, to select components based on the degree (and maturity) of the
| specific support under Linux but this has two major drawbacks.      
| [...]
| Not only do such projects look to modify embedded Linux devices, but some
| great projects have sprung up to utilise old PCs every household seems to  
| accumulate in order to fulfil a number of key uses. For example,
| comprehensive firewall distributions like IPCop or Smoothwall or NAS
| distributions like FreeNAS (although this is based on BSD.) These are not
| dirty hacked operating systems either but very mature, streamlined, low
| memory footprint distributions which run headlessly. Being totally
| administered through a web browser makes these distributions feel extremely
| professional and polished (even if the archaic hardware they are running on
| doesnât) this being coupled by the extraordinary amount of options present
| really makes these projects an extraordinary example of the flexibility of
| Linux/BSD.          

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