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How open-source software transformed the business world | ZDNet

How open-source software transformed the business world | ZDNet

Byfor| September 24, 2020 -- 20:32 GMT (13:32 PDT)| Topic:Eric S. Raymond, one of open-source's founders, said in his seminal work, ,  "Every good work of [open-source] software starts by scratching a developer's personal itch." There's a lot of truth to that. Vital programs such as the Apache web server, MySQL, and Linux began that way and numerous smaller programs did too. But it's not likely many people had a personal itch to create giant vertical programs such as telecommunications' and or . Today, vertical companies focused on narrow interests also embrace open-source methods and...

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Starlink starts to deliver on its satellite internet promise | ZDNet

Starlink starts to deliver on its satellite internet promise | ZDNet

Byfor| September 21, 2020 -- 16:47 GMT (09:47 PDT)| Topic:Elon Musk readies space hook-up for ultra-fast InternetBack in my childhood hometown in Calhoun County, West Virginia, my high school friend Bill Bailey says his DSL connection gives him an "average speed of 27Kbps." That's Kilobits per second. He might do better with a modem. It's not just him. Tens of millions of Americans who live in the country can only dream of having broadband. The answer to their internet dreams may lie in the skies above them, with satellites.These are ZDNet's top picks for Wi-Fi routers suitable for home...

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20 years of Linux on Big Iron | ZDNet

20 years of Linux on Big Iron | ZDNet

Byfor| September 16, 2020 -- 20:21 GMT (13:21 PDT)| Topic:Let's take the way-back machine to March 1991. Back then Stewart Alsop, venture capitalist and one-time editor-in-chief of , predicted "the on March 15, 1996." In IBM's last quarter, , a gain of 6% over the last quarter. Oh well, you can't get them all right. Want a good tech job? Then you need to know Linux and open-source software. One of the best ways to pick them up is via a Linux Foundation course.So, what happened? Linux happened. At the time, this seemed a very unlikely marriage of software and hardware. Linux was the...

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The EU's new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet | ZDNet

The EU's new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet | ZDNet

With federal elections scheduled for late September in Germany, momentum is building behind using anti-botnet laws against automated social-media accounts that churn out disinformation.Do you like sharing your favorite music videos like ? Do you use Twitter to track  Do you link to ? Well, if the latest version of the EU Copyright Directive is passed by the European Parliament, you may not do any of the above. The directive will kill the internet as we know it. Also: The Directive on Copyright contains two poisonous articles: Article 11 and Article 13. The first requires news aggregator...

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