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[News] Businesses Can Deploy Free Software for Internal Microblogging

  • Subject: [News] Businesses Can Deploy Free Software for Internal Microblogging
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:22:10 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Run Your Own Twitter Clone: Status.net Launches Public Beta

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| StatusNet, the open-source microblogging 
| service that serves as the foundation for 
| identi.ca, just announced the launch of the 
| public beta of its StatusNet Cloud Service. 
| Thanks to this, you can now easily host 
| your own Twitter-like community for your 
| blog, club or company.


Free Software is about Freedom

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| Cord Blomquist did a good post over at TLF 
| about the USTR/open source software issue. 
| It set off a lively debate in the comments 
| that, I think, reflected a common 
| misconception about what free software is 
| and why itâs valuable.
| Before digging into that, I should be clear 
| that I donât generally think itâs a good 
| idea for government software procurement 
| decisions to be dictated from the top down. 
| Iâve had first-hand experience with working 
| at the bottom of large IT hierarchies, and 
| so I know itâs incredibly annoying to have 
| distant bureaucrats constrain the tools 
| youâre allows to use. I wouldnât endorse a 
| proposal for the federal CTO to mandate 
| that all federal agencies use free 
| software.
| [...]
| The same point applies to software. The 
| difference between Windows Server 2008 and 
| Red Hat Enterprise Linux isnât just that 
| one was produced by humorless suits in 
| Redmond and the other was produced by dirty 
| hippies in Raleigh. Itâs not even that one 
| costs a lot of money and the other one is 
| free. (Support costs will often dwarf 
| licensing fees anyway).
| The key difference is that proprietary 
| software comes with a lot of restrictions 
| about how it may be usedârestrictions that 
| donât apply to free software. Probably the 
| most important freedom free software gives 
| provides is the freedom to switch vendors. 
| If a government agency chooses a 
| proprietary software package, the agency is 
| likely to find itself with serious lock-in 
| problems down the road. Switching vendors 
| will mean switching software platforms, 
| which will involve large conversion and 
| training costs. In contrast, if an agency 
| chooses a free software-based solution, the 
| lock-in problems will be less severe. The 
| agency can easily bring in a new firm to 
| provide support for the existing software. 
| Or it may not need to hire outside 
| contractors at allâthe internal IT staff 
| may be capable of fully supporting the 
| system internally.



Get the best Twitter app for Linux

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| If you thought microblogging using Twitter
| and Identica was as simple as tapping out 140
| characters once a day describing what kind of
| food you just ate, you'd be wrong. In fact,
| there's a huge amount of functionality to
| help you follow and be followed online, and
| if you're a Linux user you're spoiled for
| choice.


Post Twitter and Facebook status from the GNOME panel


13 Linux Twitter Applications Reviewed

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| Below sits a list of 13 twitter clients
| that are either native Linux apps or run
| extremely well on Linux. At the end of the
| post is a comparison chart to allow you to
| easily see which application has which
| feature so you can make an informed
| decision.

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