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posted in October 2008

'Motorolandroid': Another Open Source Proving Ground

10/30/2008
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.


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OpenOffice.Org 3 Downloads: Windows Way In The Lead

10/29/2008
In what probably comes as a surprise only to people who haven't been following trends in open source recently, the vast majority of people who've grabbed OpenOffice.org 3.0 in its official release are Windows users. Out of 3-plus million downloads in the first week or so, almost 2.5 million of those were for the Win32 edition of OO.o.


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Canonical's Next (And Hardest) Steps

10/28/2008
Look forward, not back. That's a philosophy Mark Shuttleworth wants to bring to Ubuntu, and by extension to the rest of Linux as well. In a conference call on Monday, right before the release of 8.10 at the end of this month (happy Halloween!), he laid out what's in that release right now and some high-level goals for the future.


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Now How Much Would You Pay (For Linux)?

10/22/2008
How much would it cost to create a Linux distribution from scratch -- assuming, that is, Linux didn't exist yet? The Linux Foundation crunched some numbers and came up with an answer: around $10.8 billion.


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A Week Of Open Source Riches

10/21/2008
Over the last couple of weeks, many of the open source projects that I use on a daily basis enjoyed new releases, including a Firefox competitor (sort of): Flock 2.0. Upgrade time!


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To Linux, On Your 17th Birthday

10/13/2008
Happy birthday, Big L. Now that you're old enough to get into an R-rated movie without an adult guardian, here's a little heart-to-heart from someone who's been watching you grow up.


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Hard Times: Open Source's New Big Test

10/10/2008
Grim financial times are not "ahead"; they're here, now. Belt-tightening and budget-butchering across the board are the order of the day. Now's the time for commercial vendors of open source to show what they're made of: if they can weather this, they can weather anything.


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The End Of The World -- LinuxWorld, That Is

10/9/2008
I didn't go to LinuxWorld this year. People who did go told me I didn't miss anything. Now LinuxWorld itself is being rebranded as the OpenSource World Conference & Expo -- a sign for me that a) Linux is that much more mainstream and b) it's getting subsumed that much more into open source as a whole.


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Open Source To The Rescue In Hard Times

10/6/2008
It's a spiel that makes a lot of sense on the face of it. Switch to open source and you'll not only save money (who doesn't want to do that?) but guard yourself against the unexpected repercussions of these financially grim days.


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