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[News] Why Free Software is Also a Powerful Methodology

  • Subject: [News] Why Free Software is Also a Powerful Methodology
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 20:58:15 +0000
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Four models of software evolution

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| For starters, âUbuntu is an operating 
| system built by a worldwide team of expert 
| developers. It contains all the 
| applications you need: a web browser, 
| office suite, media apps, instant messaging 
| and much more. Ubuntu is an open-source 
| alternative to Windows and Office,â as 
| www.ubuntu.com informs.


Well-mixed teams can develop new products faster 

,----[ Quote ]
| Beginning with mobile Linux, Professional 
| Ubuntu Mobile Development 
| (www.wileyindia.com) covers topics such as 
| power management, application development, 
| packaging, theming, kernel fine-tuning, 
| testing and so on, all aimed at developers 
| interested in `a practical, hands-on way of 
| learning development on mobile devices.'
| [...]
| The Mendel Model (named after Gregor Johann 
| Mendel, considered the Father of Modern 
| Genetics) is about `best of breed' 
| outcomes. Linux-based distributions are 
| careful, selective, scientific, and 
| personalised works of many people 
| individually `breeding' their own 
| distributions, write Lawrence and Belem.
| Enrnst Mayr, the evolutionary biologist 
| whose work `revealed the intricacies of 
| adaptation and multiplication of species,' 
| is the name behind the third model, because 
| his work `harmonised and connected the work 
| of Darwin and Mendel.'
| Mayr's theories built bridges rather than 
| walls, the authors find. The third model is 
| about the coexistence of diverse Linux 
| distributions.


Online Music and Open Source Business Models

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| There is a famous story of the Stone Soup, 
| where many free ingredients came together 
| to make an amazing finished product.  Lest 
| you think itâs just a fable, Red Hat and 
| Ubuntu do exactly thatâtheyâve combined 
| major open source projects such as Linux, 
| Gnome, Apache, Firefox, Thunderbird, 
| OpenOffice, and MySQL and built major 
| businesses from them.



Franklin and Open Source

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| One of America's most famous scientists and statesmen was also astute enough 
| to understand the value of the free flow of ideas. Although an inventor of no 
| small acclaim, his inventions for the most part were freely shared for the 
| benefits of society, yet he still made his way in life richly and was both 
| socially and financially successful.    

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