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[News] Red Hat Site Speaks Out Against FUD, Free Software Myths Busted

  • Subject: [News] Red Hat Site Speaks Out Against FUD, Free Software Myths Busted
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:24:28 +0100
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Don't let FUD kill your business goals

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| If there's one thing business leaders can 
| learn from open source developers, it's 
| when you begin disrupting the comfortable 
| ways that people do business, you'll 
| experience the power of FUDâFear, 
| Uncertainty, and Doubt. And your ideas, in 
| all their brilliant, open-minded glory, 
| will be the target. Open source software 
| developers have heard it all. Open source 
| is risky. It will destroy your 
| profitability. It will turn you into a 
| communist. Worthy of inclusion on an 
| international watchlist. And you should 
| probably be quarantined.
| So if you're facing opposition to bringing 
| the open source way to your organization, 
| find an established open source community 
| and ask what has worked for themâand what 
| hasn't.
| Drupal developer Bryan Ollendyke likes to 
| point to successful implementations of 
| Drupal, like Penn State or the White House. 
| This is an excellent strategy for silencing 
| the nay-sayers. Arm yourself with examples 
| of respected companies who embody the open 
| source way.
| Rob Weir of the OpenDocument Format looks 
| carefully at the lies and half-truths and 
| then formulates a concise response that 
| sets the record straight. It's hard to 
| argue with facts.


Debunking Free Software Myths

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| I fancy myself to be what some would call a 
| "Free Software Advocate" and as such when I 
| am making recommendations of free software 
| to people I hear many of the same common 
| misconceptions day in and day out. Lets 
| separate some of the fact from the fiction 
| shall we?
| #1 Free software is Illegal
| This is easily the most common phrase I 
| hear when recommending free software to new 
| people. (Not just the un-educated make this 
| mistake either, one of my college 
| professors made this assumption when I 
| brought up the topic in class) Let me 
| assure you that free software is 100% 
| legal, you are not breaking any laws by 
| downloading and using it. Most free 
| software is typically released under the 
| GNU license or some similar license.



Fedora 14 Codenames Come About

,----[ Quote ]
| So far the potential candidates for the Fedora
| 14 codename include Guiness, Scofield, Bhanji,
| Kingsley, Astro, and Bacon. However, there's
| still six days left to voice your input on
| this Fedora Wiki page.


Fedora 13 Spotlight Feature: NetworkManager Gets Even More Connected

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| As with previous Fedora releases, weâll once
| again be highlighting some of the new and
| improved features in a series of blogs leading
| up to our latest release, Fedora 13,
| anticipated in mid-May. First up on our list
| is NetworkManager.

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