"Free software" Essays and Research Papers

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  • Why Software Should Be Free

    Why Software Should Be Free by Richard Stallman (Version of April 24‚ 1992) Introduction The existence of software inevitably raises the question of how decisions about its use should be made. For example‚ suppose one individual who has a copy of a program meets another who would like a copy. It is possible for them to copy the program; who should decide whether this is done? The individuals involved? Or another party‚ called the ``owner’’? Software developers typically consider these questions

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  • Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): An Inside looks to changing Trends and Practices

    FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (FOSS): An Inside looks to changing Trends and Practices ‘Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is computer software that can be classified as both free software and open source software.’ So the question arises from the above definition is that what is free software and the other question arises is what is open sources software? Free software is computer software which is distributed along with its source code and are released under terms that every users has the

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  • Open Source Software

    OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE What are reasons for business to use open source software? Robert Keidel Western Governors University What are reasons for business to use open source software? With the current economy difficulties‚ companies are trying to find areas in their businesses where they can save money. Many companies are having no choice but to let people go. Some businesses try to avoid lay-offs and instead are looking in other areas to save money. One of the areas is‚ of

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  • Open Source Software

    Research Paper Free Open Source Software also known as FOSS has fared pretty good since the Microsoft posted a high-level summary of 235 patents that were allegedly violated in 2006. Since this scenario happen FOSS has grown and partner up with big name companies. In an interview that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that ”We live in a world where we honor‚ and support the honoring of‚ intellectual property‚ FOSS patrons are going to have to play by the same rules as the rest of the business. What

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  • Microsoft; Free Open Source Software (Foss)

    | Microsoft & Free Open Source Software (FOSS) | | | | In 2006‚ Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) was facing some dire consequences for allegedly violating 235 of Microsoft’s patents. Since then FOSS has done moderately well overall. Free software has become a well-liked alternative for many businesses as opposed to proprietary software. This is true‚ not just here in the USA but all over the world. In 2010‚ Global Graphics‚ a free software provider‚ took a survey

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  • FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: A TUNNEL TO NIGHT OR LIGHT

    FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: A TUNNEL TO NIGHT OR LIGHT Authored By: ANMOL CHAWLA & NAMRATA BEHERA ABSTRACT Since the Industrial Revolution‚ humankind has sought ways to become more efficient in all realms of life from production at the factory to cooking meals at home. Today the mediating force between technology and humans is software. Life of humans has been enhanced and their standard of living has increased with the advent of new technologies. The creation of computer‚

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  • Open Source Software and Copyright Law

    Open Source Software and Copyright Law ‘What is worth copying is prima facie worth protecting’1is the genesis of intellectual property rights. These rights refer to the property that is a creation of the mind: inventions‚ literary and artistic works‚ symbols‚ names‚ images‚ and designs used in commerce. The computer software industry has developed in the recent due to which the “open source software” or “free software” is gaining widespread attention. There has been an increased use and acceptance

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  • Open Source Software and the Private-Collective Model of Innovation

    Open source and private -collective model of innovation |1 INTRODUCTION Having written the paper on the open source software development as an example of private-collective innovation model Eric von Hippel and Georg von Krogh opened the door to a new area of study for organisation scientists. The paper has achieved widespread recognition amongst fellow theorists and has been used as a basis for further investigation of and expanding the topic. Additionally‚ it has prompted practical perspectives

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  • The World’s Biggest Software Maker

    The world’s biggest software maker felt that it had been robbed‚ so much so that they posted a high-level summary of 235 patents that were allegedly violated by Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)‚ including the Linux Kernel‚ Samba‚ OpenOffice.org‚ and others .Microsoft does not play when it comes to patent infringement‚ but did they have a case?”… So if Microsoft ever sued Linux distributor Red Hat for patent infringement‚ for instance‚ OIN might sue Microsoft in retaliation‚ trying to enjoin distribution

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  • Open Source Software Reasearch Paper

    Research Assignment Week 6 Free and Open Source Software has been around for quite some time. Free software has always been a controversy. This time someone is trying to take a stance against it. More than just someone but a major software company namely Microsoft. The whole issue is coming against software patents. Patents are there to protect the make‚ use‚ and selling of an invention but in this case would deal with software. Microsoft is not keen on the idea of software being readily available especially

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