Serdar Yegulalp

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posted in September 2009

Q&A With A Post-Microsoft Sam Ramji

Back when Sam Ramji announced he was leaving his position at Microsoft as director of their open source operations, I shot a couple of questions his way. He was on vacation at the time, but now he's back and has a lot to talk about -- about Microsoft, about open source, and about the two in combination.

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A GPL Court Victory In France

Another test of whether open source licensing is enforceable in court has come. A French firm was taken to court for redistributing GPL-ed software minus its licensing and copyright information -- a big no-no.

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Here A Beta, There A Beta

Over the last week I've been either tracking or actively beta-testing several open source projects which are worth a quick rundown here. Read on for more.

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Free Doesn't Mean Free From Criticism

Last week I wrote about an open source utility with an interface that I thought needed work; commenters on the article slammed me for being critical. Sorry, I don't think free software and open source has a future in a world where it's somehow immune from criticism because it's free.

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An Ugly Clonezilla Success Story

Last night I migrated a Windows 7 box to a new 1 terabyte drive, thanks to an open source tool named Clonezilla. It was a success, but the whole time I kept saying to myself the same thing again and again: "Wow, this program is ugly."

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Dare To Make Them Care

There's a hard truth to be learned about making most computer users care about open source: they won't care. But that's the beginning of wisdom, not the end of it.

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A Skeptical Look At The Linux Server Botnet

When The Register ran news of a "Linux botnet" out in the wild, the bloviation did fly: See? Linux really isn't that secure! But odds are this has nothing to do with Linux security per se, and everything to do with the biggest and most notorious security hole of all: bad system administration.

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Security: An Apples-To-Open Comparison?

Here is a question which has been bothering me for some time now, and which doesn't stand much of a chance of resolving itself. Is comparing the much-vaunted security benefits of open source software to similar proprietary apps a false comparison?

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