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Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!
- In-depth review and analysis of the many quantitative reasons to use open source software, with statistics from a variety of recent surveys.
Astronomical Software Wants To Be Free: A Manifesto
- Paper by Benjamin J. Weiner and co-authors, arguing that the advantages of open-sourcing astronomical software outweigh the drawbacks.
Atviras Kodas Lietuvai
- Non-profit public organization that works to promote the usage of Free and Open Source software in Lithuania.
Berkman Center for Internet and Society
- A research program at Harvard Law School founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development.
- Project to develop resources for chemistry based around the concepts of open data, open standards and open source. Members list, details of activities, mailing list, news, and publications.
- Discusses exclusionary and questionable deals (such as the deal between Novell and Microsoft) which it views as attempts to undermine the purpose and goals of the Free software movement.
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
- Eric S. Raymond's seminal paper analysing why open source works so well; followup papers "Homesteading the Noosphere", "The Magic Cauldron" and "The Revenge of the Hackers"; and comments and criticisms from third parties.
- The Canadian Association for Open Source.
Debian's social contract
- Contains the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which are regarded as compliance rules for free software by many others besides Debian package maintainers.
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
- Dedicated to establishing a free market in information technology, by the removal of barriers to competition and working towards sane patent systems and open standards.
Free Software Advocacy
- Focuses on connections between free software and community development and on free software in Australia.
Free Software Shop
- Information about Free Software movement for novices.
GNU.org: Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software
- Explains the difference between "Free Software" described as a social movement focusing on freedom and "Open Source" described as a development methodology. By Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation.
The GPL Violations Project
- Raising public awareness about past and present infringement of GPL licensed software. Includes profile, news and events.
The Halloween Document
- Microsoft are getting very worried indeed about competition from Open Source Software such as Linux. This leaked internal memo, courtesy of Eric Raymond, reveals all -- including the extreme lengths Microsoft is willing to go to squash its competition.
- A filk song about a part of the history of free software - from the beginnings in the MIT labs over sold out code, GNU, Linux and the GPLv3.
Microsoft Boycott - The Alternative
- Index of replacements for Microsoft software, services and hardware. Includes reviews and outside links.
Nonprofit Open Source Initiative
- Promotes adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) in the nonprofit/NGO sector.
Open Source Advocacy with Revererend Ted
- Weblog about the world of Open Source by the guy responsible for building the Novell user community.
Open Source Community Node
- Community portal providing a discussion forum, articles and blogs.
Open Source Initiative
- Dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source trademark for the good of the community. Includes a definition of 'Open Source', and a list of approved licenses.
Open Source Schools
- UK-based organisation. Provides information and articles, advice on getting started, case studies of its adoption in schools, a directory for exploring what is available, and a glossary.
Open Source Software Institute
- Non-profit organization created to promote the adoption of open source solutions within U.S. agencies and academic entities.
- A resource for building Open Source Web sites, covering Linux, BSD, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl. OpenDeveloper.org is an independent Web site about open source development of Web sites -- by the community, for the community.
The OpenScience Project
- The Open Science Project is an Organization devoted to providing open source scientific software.
- An international coalition of organizations fostering free and open resources in and for education.
Software Freedom Day
- A global effort to promote the use of free and Open Source software. Lists forthcoming events, news, forum, gallery and contributing teams.
Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
- A non-profit organization which was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software.
Spread Open Source
- A community based forum for the promotion of open source software and open standards.
- A web lifestyle magazine with a focus on free software, digital rights and the art and craft of programming for the real world.
User Friendly the Comic Strip
- Amusing strip following the antics of Columbia Internet and its employees. Frequently touches on Open Source, Linux, hacker culture, and holy wars.
WebReference Update: Scholars Discuss Open Code Benefits
- Fans of free software and music found some allies this weekend who said if lawmakers don't understand technology they shouldn't try and regulate it. (September 14, 2000)
Development, Ethical Trading, and Free Software
- Makes political and ethical case for adopting free software by Community Aid Abroad and other members of Oxfam International. Applies generally to development agencies and other groups with like values. (November 30, 1999)
Linux Today: Emmett Plant - The Welcome Wagon
- Urges initiative and good manners to promote open source. (November 09, 1999)
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