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Open Source PLUS Open Standards are a “Smart Business Decision” Says E.U.

The New York Times reports today a hard rebuke from European Union’s competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, against Microsoft’s tactics in Europe. In her speech she offered up some advice worth heeding; “I know a smart business decision when I see one — choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed,” Ms. Kroes told a conference in Brussels. “No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one.”

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The Next Frontier for Open Source

Open Source is still a disruptive idea. It has moved beyond that in server operating systems, of course, with Linux on 20% of servers shipped these days. That’s known as being “mainstream.” But the effects of open source development and business models continue to be heavily disruptive as they spread into new technology markets. Disruption often benefits consumers directly.

Cell phones are the next device that will move to open standards. Whether the big providers like it or not.

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Get answers to all your Linux questions direct from the source.

Next week the leaders of the Linux industry gather in Austin Texas for a meeting of the minds. The Linux Foundation has set up an invitational event where the folks who work directly on the business and technical issues facing the platform can get together and share ideas. We’ll find out about these questions and more:

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links for 2008-03-25

CrunchGear » Archive » All About Linux 2008: Why use Linux? Interesting post from a developer who banks on the platform.

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links for 2008-03-24

Explaining Open Source’s Exponential Growth - Blogs – ComputerworldUK blogs - The latest technology news & analysis on Outsourcing, HMRC data, Apple iPhone, Global warming, MySQL, Open Enterprise The most interesting thing about this study is they “are using “exponential” in its strict mathematical sense, not the loose hyperbolic one.

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links for 2008-03-16

Ari Jaaksi’s Blog: Greetings from OSiM USA This is a great post about Nokia and its relationship with open source. This is one of my favorite guys to talk about open source in mobile. (tags: Opensource Linux)

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links for 2008-03-15

The Associated Press: Nigerian Patent Suit Still Dogs OLPC This is really amazing. The funny thing is that I get e-mail from Nigeria every day with exciting business opportunities.

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links for 2008-03-14

Navy to focus only on open systems “The days of proprietary technology must come to an end,” says the Navy. (tags: Linux standards) Linux growth tied to personnel issues — Enterprise Linux Log “Many shops today have Unix engineers and administrators,” he said.

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Microsoft, Branding Students

There’s a new way to collaborate out there. It’s hard to believe but email with attachments is old. You can store your documents centrally, set permissions on multiple user edits, handle concurrent editing, send out email alerts. Imagine the advantages in never bringing up an old version of a document to edit. Or waiting for your colleague to finish their edits. Many people probably haven’t totally switched over yet, because they’re stuck in a decade-old style of work flow. But the next generation coming along will have switched.

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