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[News] Free Software Does Not Mean Cheap Software

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Does Not Mean Cheap Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:26:17 +0100
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Linux: âFreeâ Software vs âYou Get What You Pay Forâ

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| Some may ask, âWhat about those stock 
| holders in a company? Wonât their 
| dividends suffer in a switch that is 
| possibly as disruptive as a switch to FOSS 
| and Linux on the corporate desktop?â Sure, 
| in the short term, a corporation may spend 
| less to stay with proprietary, costly, 
| closed source software and keep dividends 
| up for stock holders. But anyone with the 
| ability to think ahead and plan for long 
| term results can see that down the road 
| switching to in-house support using FOSS 
| and Linux will mean significant savings 
| for a corporation in the long term. It 
| could also mean more dividends for stock 
| holders, those people that Microsoft FUD 
| mongers try to point to as blockades for 
| moving off of Microsoft. Any company that 
| I hold stock in should be thinking in the 
| long term and should be switching to FOSS 
| and Linux.


Open source not immune to ERP vendor consolidation trend

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| In a sense, it doesn't matter as much as it 
| would if Compiere's original code base was 
| proprietary. One of the tenents of open 
| source is that no matter what the owner of 
| the code does, the users of the code continue 
| in their rights to use, extend, enhance, and 
| distribute the code. The Adempiere fork of 
| Compiere is evidence of this.
| To my knowledge, this is the first instance 
| of an open source ERP/CRM developer being 
| acquired by a vendor of proprietary software. 
| It will be interesting to see whether 
| Compiere's users are helped or hindered by 
| this acquisition.


GNUmed - job openings



The Real Reason to Celebrate GNU's Birthday

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| One of Stallman's many insights was that science flourished because it was
| based on sharing discoveries so that others could build on them, without
| needing to re-invent the wheel.
| The closing of software meant that it was impossible to do this, since the
| last thing that corporate owners of that code wanted to do was to make it
| freely available. Stallman's idea was to create a movement that would
| contribute code to the computing community just as scientists contribute
| knowledge.


GNU: the revolution turns 25

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| The torrent of coverage that such a momentous event should generate has not
| been seen. That's because the so-called open source movement rules the roost
| these days - and is anxious that people should forget their roots.
| People often attribute their dislike of free software to the founder of the
| GNU project, Richard Stallman, and his uncompromising attitude towards many
| things. In the early days of the GNU project, Stallman antagonised quite a
| few free software hackers by his management of the development of GNU Emacs.
| Stallman has also been criticised for politicising the free software movement
| by insisting that the distribution terms for GNU software be such that people
| cannot add restrictions of their own.
| But those who criticise him on these counts are woefully short-sighted; the
| truth of the matter is that without a person like Stallman who was prepared
| to go out on a limb for a cause, we would all be using proprietary operating
| systems today.

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