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According to wikipedia - "An economy which grows over a period of time tends to slow down the growth as a part of the normal economic cycle. An economy typically expands for 6-10 years and tends to go into a recession for about six months to 2 years". The current defaults on homeloan have led to a major crisis in the US. Once recession started consumers lose confidence in the growth of the economy and spend less including technology and software. Is free and open source software (FOSS) a way to cut business costs? As concern about recession - even depression - deepens, more and more companies are asking this question. However, many have trouble knowing how to begin to find an answer.
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News Roundup: Dec., 16, 2008

Holiday Giveaway: Win Learning Nagios 3.0 Book (total three copies)
nixCraft regular contributor Ramesh is running a small contest. You can win 3 copies of Nagios (a popular open source computer system and network monitoring application software) books for yourself.

Serious security flaw found in IE
Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed. The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say. Maybe, it is time to switch to Firefox :D

Top 10 Linux Financial Tools
The arena of finance is no exception. Plenty of outstanding financial applications are available for the Linux operating system. From personal finance to business finance, there is an application for nearly every need. Let's take a look at the top Linux financial applications.

Wikipedia now available for mobile phone / devices
Sweet, now access millions of articles from your PDA or smart mobile phone device.

How To Select Netbooks Powered by Open-source Linux OS
Netbooks are small computers that are cheaper and lighter than full-scale laptops. They have their merits-but do not ask too much of them.

Famous Awk One-Liners Explained
This is the second part of a three-part article on the famous Awk one-liners. This part will explain Awk one-liners for text conversion and substitution.

Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better
Like Firefox, the open source media player Songbird is a pretty neat alternative to a big-name competitor on its own, but the ability to extend it through add-ons is what really makes it boss.

The Dark Knight on Blu-ray DVD -Available now!
Batman and the Joker will be unleashed on Gotham -- and the world -- just in time for the holidays.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) - a non-profit corporation founded by Richard Stallman; today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco. The FSF's complaint alleges that in the course of distributing various products under the Linksys brand Cisco has violated the licenses of many programs on which the FSF holds copyright, including GCC, binutils, and the GNU C Library. In doing so, Cisco has denied its users their right to share and modify the software.
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Wikipedia is ditching out a mix of Red Hat and Fedora for Ubuntu Linux. Wikipedia has 10 million articles in 250 languages and it is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world.

One of the reasons for this switch was that they did not want to pay Red Hat for support on their provided software solutions. Ubuntu Linux get updated frequently and nothing can beat apt package manger.

According to Vibber, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation:

We had a mix of things: some Red Hat 9, some Fedora -- several different versions. The group used a custom-scripted installation procedure, but found that having a multitude of versions was more difficult to maintain for its small five-person IT staff around the world. The move to all-Ubuntu was primarily done with the goal of "making our own administration and maintenance simpler. We decided that we want to standardize on something.

For the first time, court lays down a legal foundation for the protection of open source developers. This means now all open source licenses are enforceable. From the article:

An appeals court has erased most of the doubt around Open Source licensing, permanently, in a decision that was extremely favorable toward projects like GNU, Creative Commons, Wikipedia, and Linux. The man who prompted that decision could be described as the worst enemy a Free Software project could have. This is the story of how our community was able to benefit from that enemy.

For a decade there'd been questions: Are Open Source licenses enforceable at all? Are their terms, calling for a patent detente or disclosure of source code, legal?

=> Bruce Perens: A Big Change for Open Source (via ./)

You may find Software Freedom Law Center web site useful. It provide legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The Center now represents many of the most important and well-established free software and open source projects.