Open source is taking over the software world, survey says

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It's been only a few weeks since the Linux Foundation released its report that enterprise use of Linux continues to rise, but on Wednesday fresh data came out that suggests the same is true of open source software in general.

Specifically, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners today announced the results of the seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey, which found that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among competitors to hiring practices.

"It's been recognized that software is eating the world,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “Our survey points to the fact that open source is eating the software world."

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Six good reasons to try Manjaro Linux 0.8.5

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Monday may have brought the disappointing news that Fuduntu Linux will soon close its doors, but another young, up-and-coming Linux distribution appears to be continuing along its upward path without interruption.

Manjaro Linux, a distro I first covered only a few months ago, just released a fresh update, and it's particularly notable for the addition of a graphical installer and other beginner-friendly features.

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Fuduntu Linux is closing its doors

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Exactly a week after releasing a fresh update to its increasingly popular Linux distribution, the Fuduntu project on Monday announced that it's closing its doors for good.

“Beginning today, no new features will be implemented,” wrote project communications leader Lee Ward in a blog post on Monday morning. “The only exception are those features which are already being worked on. We will continue to provide bug and security fixes until the last day of support, however.”

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Serious LibreOffice update fixes 54 bugs

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It was just about two months ago that LibreOffice 4.0 made its official debut, but business users and others more interested in stability than cutting-edge features also have another option from the Document Foundation.

Specifically, LibreOffice 3.6 is currently the version of the free and open source productivity suite recommended for enterprises. On Thursday it got a significant update that fixes more than 50 bugs.

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Create your own apps for free with open-source LiveCode 6.0

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Application development may have once been the exclusive domain of professional programmers, but today a growing number of amateur-friendly development environments invite just about anyone with an app idea to bring it to life.

In the past few years we've seen the arrival of BuildAnApp and Google's App Inventor for Android on the mobile side, for example. An even longer-standing contender, however, is RunRev's cross-platform LiveCode, a recently renamed version of the HyperCard-inspired "Revolution" development system born in the early 2000s.

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Key updates have arrived for Fuduntu and PCLinuxOS

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Much of the Linux world may be awaiting the final release of the high-profile Ubuntu Linux 13.04 “Raring Ringtail” later this month, but that doesn't mean the many other Linux distributions are standing still.

The "News and Updates" section on tracking site DistroWatch is just as busy as ever. This week, two popular Linux distributions came out with significant updates that are particularly worth mentioning. One is Fuduntu, my current distro of choice, and the other is PCLinuxOS.

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With Firefox 22, Mozilla escalates the tracking battle

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“Do Not Track” capabilities have been controversial ever since they first appeared in Firefox 4 back in 2011, but earlier this year the battle became even more intense when Mozilla announced that it planned to begin blocking third-party cookies by default.

Two groups representing the online ad industry spoke out in bitter protest, charging that the move is "really little more than one company imposing its will in order to control its consumers’ online experience," as the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) put it.

Mozilla appears undaunted, however, and on Friday its free and open source Firefox 22 browser appeared in the early, pre-beta Aurora channel as planned, complete with the auto-block privacy features that were so hotly protested.

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