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Categories: open source

Free Software Foundation Wants to Waste Your Money

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 26

The Free Software Foundation, whose mission of supplying the world with free (as in free speech, not free beer, as founder Richard M. Stallman puts it) software sometimes looks like…

Oracle’s Bold Java Plans

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on June 02

Larry Ellison has never been shy about nudging Oracle into new parts of the software market. The database king has spent $40 billion to build a franchise in business applications,…

Do-it-yourself iPhone Software: Not Likely

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 02

In a post yesterday, my colleague Olga Kharif speculates on the significance of a hack that allows the replacement of the iPhone version of OS X with Linux. This, she…

Creative Destruction in the Software Industry

Posted by: Steve Hamm on September 21

It’s fascinating to witness the phenomenon of people who created sizable chunks of the software industry coming back with open source or on-demand companies aimed at disrupting the very market…

Patty Seybold on Customer Innovation

Posted by: Steve Hamm on August 17

The notion of shared effort (network as virtual brain) certainly has gathered a lot of momentum. Open source software keeps on marching up the technology stack. Wikis are blooming everywhere….

Whole Software

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on June 01

What do organic food and open source software have in common? It’s not a lame riddle—believe it or not, they share quite a bit. On a flight back to San…

MySQL Answers Back With $18.5 Million

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on February 13

On Thursday we reported that Oracle was in serious talks to buy several open source companies and a natural question was: What does this mean for MySQL? The database seems…

Open Source Taking Up Residence?

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on January 23

I am renowned for taking my work place anxiety to bed with me. If I’m working on a tough story, 10-to-1 I dream about it night-after-night until it’s done. I…

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Ballmer?

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 28

At an analyst conference today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a choice comment. “We have won on the desktop,” he said according to this account at CNET “Now…

Opening Up Data (Kinda, Sorta)

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 30

For years, open-source advocate Tim O’Reilly has excoriated some companies such as Mapquest for failing to open up their storehouses of data to creative outside programmers who could create new…


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