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Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation published an interesting article on BBC news website. From the article:

To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers. But Gates didn't invent proprietary software, and thousands of other companies do the same thing. It's wrong, no matter who does it.

Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and the rest, offer you software that gives them power over you. A change in executives or companies is not important. What we need to change is this system.

That's what the free software movement is all about. "Free" refers to freedom: we write and publish software that users are free to share and modify.

=> It's not the Gates, it's the bars

Oracle Linux now joined Fedora, Ubuntu, and Solaris for giving out free CDs. You can now request your FREE Oracle Unbreakable Linux 2-disc (DVD) Kit from official oracle site.

=> Visit oracle site to grab free CD kit [ direct link ].

Open Source Alternative to Commercial Software

Webi has published a very comprehensive list of alternative "open source" applications to mainstream applications. It includes office applications, multimedia, graphics, networking and security applications.

=> Free and Open Source Software Directory (FLOSS/FOSS) [webi.org]

Christina has published a nice list of 50 apps to get your office on open source software. This is a worth bookmark page:

Open source software has a lot to offer the business world. Aside from the fact that they’re generally free, many open source programs are more secure, reliable and customizable than their proprietary counterparts. In fact, many large companies, including big names like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo, run their servers with Linux rather than Windows. Open source software is often some of the best software for the job, even when cost is no consideration. So how can you make open source software work for your business? Here are 50 apps that can help your office get on track to join the growing numbers of businesses that have made the switch to open source.

The intention seems to be good, but there are few errors. For example Skype is not open source or GNOME is not Linux distribution. I hope author will fix out errors.

=> Linux for Business: 50 Apps to Get your Office on Open Source