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[News] New Examples of Business With Software Freedom

  • Subject: [News] New Examples of Business With Software Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 08:42:24 +0100
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Software Freedom Means Business Success

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| The free software definition does indeed 
| read like a revolutionary manifesto, 
| partly because it is. The people behind it 
| often eschew the pragmatism of the term 
| 'open source' and focus on liberty alone. 
| It's worth looking behind their philosophy 
| though. I paraphrase the free software 
| definition as guaranteeing the liberty to 
| use, study, modify and distribute software 
| without interference. Those four liberties 
| create value for business:
|     * The freedom to use the software for 
|     any purpose, without first having to 
|     seek special permission (for example 
|     by paying licensing fees). This is 
|     what drives the trend to adoption-led 
|     deployment, where iterative 
|     prototyping leads to rapid solutions.
|     * The availability of skills and 
|     suppliers because they have had no 
|     barriers to studying the source code 
|     and experimenting with it. The market 
|     in open source tools and consultants 
|     is getting richer and more vibrant by 
|     the day because of this freedom.
|     * The assurance that vendors can't 
|     withhold the software from you because 
|     anyone has the freedom to modify and 
|     re-use the source code. If a vendor 
|     decides to end support for open source 
|     software, another company can step in 
|     and carry on where they left off - as 
|     I intend to prove.
|     * The freedom to pass the software on 
|     to anyone that needs it, even 
|     including your own enhancements - 
|     including your staff, suppliers, 
|     customers and (in the case of 
|     governments) citizens.


South Carolina Department of Education Sees Success with Moodlerooms â Reports Improved Support, Usability and Satisfaction

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| Moodlerooms, Inc., trusted provider of 
| managed open-source solutions wrapped around 
| the worldâs most widely used open-source 
| learning management system, Moodle, has 
| helped South Carolina Department of 
| Education (SCDOE) increase success rates 
| while decreasing its total cost of ownership 
| by 35%.


Why Businesses Need To Work More Together On Open Source

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| It's instructive to look at an initiative 
| going on in Thailand. As discussed here, a 
| consortium of Thai businesses called the 
| Business for Open Source Society (Boss) is 
| pooling contributions from open source 
| specialists and local software companies 
| and launching training programs for open 
| source developers. 


WANdisco Gives Back to the Subversion Community 


Oki Launches "Mission-critical Systems Migration Support Services"

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| Oki has also proactively promoted open 
| source in response to the needs of cost-
| conscious companies. In particular, for 
| JBoss Enterprise Middleware(*9), an open-
| source-based middleware product line, OKI 
| was the first Japanese company to conclude 
| a JBoss Premier Business Partner contract 
| with provider Red Hat in May 2009, 
| positioning it as the ideal partner in 
| Japan. 


Magento Development Company is Providing Cost Effective Magento Development Services

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| Magento is a highly popular among the open 
| source ecommerce development community. 
| Magento Development Company specifically 
| provides topnotch Magento development 
| services and solutions at competitive 
| prices.

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