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posted in December 2007

Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007

12/26/2007
It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide.  Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.


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The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor

12/21/2007
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Micros

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Suing Over Open Source

12/18/2007
After hearing about the developers of BusyBox reaching a settlement with a vendor that violated the GPL, and reading colleague Paul McDougall's post about a possible need for an open source compliance officer in IT departments, I couldn't help but think: Is the open source moment head

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Songbird: An Open Source Music Mashup System

12/18/2007
"I can't live without my radio," LL Cool J once declaimed. Me, I can't live without my music library: there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have Miles Davis or Brian Eno (or, when I'm feeling more ruminative, Merzbow) on the speakers. To that end I tried out Songbird, a Mozilla-derived open-source music player and web-sharing platform. In time it could be to WMP a

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The Openness Of The Open Source Vulnerability Database

12/17/2007
There are a lot of open source initiatives out there that aren't just software, but ways to get information into people's hands. Today an open source supplier of security vulnerability information, the OSVDB, just went live with a whole new revision to its service. The information it provides is free, albeit with some strings attached that have raised a few hackles.

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Hey, IBM! Set OS/2 Free!

12/14/2007
Talk about a blast from the past! The folks at OS2 World, led by Kim Haverblad, in conjunction with Adrian Gschwend's Netlabs, have petitioned IBM to release its venerable OS/2 operating system as an open source product. But there's more at work here than simple nostalgia.

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High-Def On Linux: Hurry Up And Wait

12/11/2007
My new PC arrived over the weekend -- a Dell XPS Studio 420. Sadly, one of the things I bought it for forces me to use Windows: the Blu-ray Disc drive.  Right now, as far as I know, there is no legal way to play a commercially recorded Blu-ray disc -- or for that matter, a commercially recorded HD DVD disc -- in Linux.  I really hope it doesn't stay that way.

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Get (And Give) The Gift of Open Source

12/7/2007
This Christmas I decided to give a few gifts to people in the open source community. I'm making donations to the maintainers of some of my favorite and most widely used software projects.  They've earned some payback!

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More On Vista's New Social Copy Protection

12/6/2007
After the flood of comments on my original post about Microsoft's radical changes to Windows Vista's copy protection, I thought I'd clarify my points. Let's get one thing out of the way first: I'm not advocating that anyone run Vista without buying a license key.  No, not even if you have it in for Microsoft.


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