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I'm in a good open-source software place

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| I ran my first Linux live CD in January 
| 2007. I've been using free, open-source 
| operating systems on my personal machines 
| for much of my work for the past two years, 
| more intensively in the last year.


Open source alive and thriving  

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| New York University anthropologist 
| Gabriella Coleman says the open-source 
| software movement has emerged relatively 
| unscathed from the economic downturn.
| Ms Coleman was the opening keynote speaker 
| at Linux.Conf.Au, a trans-Tasman conference 
| held in Wellington last week that attracted 
| more than 600 open-source software 
| developers and enthusiasts. 


Waiting for the open source impact

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| Waiting for open source to give Microsoft a 
| much-needed kick up the jacksie has seemed 
| like waiting for Godot. We wait, we wait and 
| we are still waiting.



'Open source' vendors push advantage

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| Ready to get jealous? How would you like to work in an industry that benefits
| from economic downturns and for companies that see revenue, customer
| acquisition and budgets grow during these toughest of times?
| While the majority of b-to-b marketers struggle with budget cuts, layoffs and
| an overall need to do more with less, one specialized sector is reporting a
| relative boom time.


Firms to trim IT expenditure, take refuge in open source

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| Anticipating a tough year ahead, major Indian companies are planning to trim
| their IT expenditure or stop additional investments. This is against the
| conventional wisdom of increasing IT budgets even at times of crisis (due to
| long-term benefits), with companies now increasing exposure to open source
| technologies and low-cost infrastructure.


Catching up with GroundWork's new CEO, Peter Jackson

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| This economy is good for open source. I think we'll double our customers. At
| the same time, we'll be enhancing services to the community of contributors,
| and building out a large set of 2.0 community infrastructure to enhance
| education, communication, and partnerships.


Linux keeps growing market share.

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| Not only is TuxRadar reporting that Linux Format magazine sales are up 13.3%
| over the last year, but I also find that my local book stores shelves appear
| to have much more Linux reference books on the shelves as well.



The Total Growth of Open Source

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| The significance of open source has been continuously increasing over time.
| Our research validates this claim by looking at the total growth of open
| source. Our work shows that the additions to open source projects, the total
| project size (measured in source lines of code), the number of new open
| source projects, and the total number of open source projects are growing at
| an exponential rate.
| Our results open gates for further research around the growth of open source
| and the acceptance of open source in industry and government. Future research
| should explore questions like what factors are influencing this exponential
| growth, how source code growth relates to the number of engaged software
| developers, and whether or how long open source can sustain this exponential
| growth.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Open Source Projects double every 14 months!

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| Based on the models developed for the "Exponential Growth of Open Source"
| study we calculated the time required to double the number of projects and
| the total open source code. It took approximately 13.89 months to double the
| total number of open source projects from 1995-2006.

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