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[News] Google Starts New FLOSS Funding, Open Source Importance Stressed

  • Subject: [News] Google Starts New FLOSS Funding, Open Source Importance Stressed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:41:41 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
It's here: the Google Highly Open Participation Contest

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| The Google Summer of Code program has been a joint labor of love between 
| Google and the open source community for the  past three years, and the 
| results have been spectacular: hundreds of college students have been 
| introduced to open source software, thousands of people across the globe have 
| begun development together and millions of lines of open code have been 
| produced, 4 million last year alone.     


The Importance of Open Source Governance in Mitigating Risk

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| Best practices for managing risk when developing an effective open source 
| policy 


Open source participation as an IT investment

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| It strikes me as interesting that enterprises are being sold open source 
| primarily on the premise that the availability of source code directly 
| translates into flexibility with little-to-no mention of how the model is 
| capable of generating novel ways of creating and maintaining technology. This 
| is, at once, both a travesty and an invaluable source of opportunity, as the 
| companies which step to exploratory forefront will be the ones that are first 
| to harness the next wave of extreme competitive advantage.      


Related (Google-funded FLOSS):

Amarok's Summer of Code Review

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| Read on to learn about two innovative additions to the Amarok project. 


Hey charger! OLPC gets power boost from Aussie coder

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| A 21-year-old Australian is playing a key part in developing the charger unit 
| for the XO-1 -- the laptop which is the center of the One Laptop Per Child 
| project.  
| [...]
| According to it's website, GSoC aims to "get more open source created and 
| released for the benefit of all", and requires students to licence all GSoC 
| code under a licence acceptable to their host organisation.  


New Compiz Fusion Effects 

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| A new Google Summer-of-Code plugin has gone into the repositories, 
| called ‘colorfilter’ by iXce. This allows you to change certain colors to 
| other colors by the use of pixel shaders. You can toggle color filtering for 
| specific windows or the entire screen. Colorfilters are loaded via special 
| color filter files.    


Linux powers $50 wireless mesh router

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| Meraki was founded by CEO Sanjit Biswas, and is based in Mountain
| View, Calif. In February, it closed a $5 million funding round led
| by Google and Sequoia Capital. 


Google Summer of Code

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| Accepted student applications for Google Summer of Code have been
| announced! We accepted over 900 student applicants from a pool of
| nearly 6,200 applications.


Google Launches "Google Developer Day"

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| The intention behind Google Developer Day sounds somewhat similar to "Hack 
| Day" -- an annual one day gathering that rival Yahoo has been hosting in
| its Sunnyvale, California abode inviting software developers to get
| together and experiment with Yahoo applications.


Google Grants - Free Advertising for Open Source Non-profits

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| Programs like Google Summer of Code can really help raise awareness of
| your project, but you may want to learn about another Google program
| that may be able to help give your project more visibility.
| The Google Grants program, currently in beta release, uses Google
| AdWords to help nonprofits spread their messages to a wider audience
| by providing them with free advertising on Google.com.


(Google) Speaking of Summer

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| Google Summer of CodeTM 2007 is on! Last year, Google funded over
| 600 students in 93 countries to work with 100 open source groups.
| We're extremely happy to announce that we'll be holding Google
| Summer of Code again this year.


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