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+ - Top 5 open source customer relationship management tools

Submitted by Czech37
Czech37 (918252) writes "Creating and maintaining relationships with customers can be a challenge, but it's essential for a business' survival and growth. A good customer relationship management (CRM) system is a must, but most people head directly to the top 4 market leading CRMs when they're ready to commit. But there are plenty of reasons to avoid using closed source proprietary software. An open source CRM system requires only a web server, database, and browser, and will provide the same set of features as many higher-cost, closed alternatives. Here's a quick look at 5 of the top open source CRMs."

+ - Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled->

Submitted by ectoman
ectoman (594315) writes "Proponents of patent reform in the United States glimpsed a potential victory late last year, when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, designed to significantly mitigate patent abuse. Just months ago, however, the Senate pulled consideration of the bill. And since then, patent reform has been at a standstill. In a new analysis for, Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, explains three reasons why. "For this year, at least," he writes, "the prospect of addressing abusive patent litigation through Congressional action is on ice"—despite the unavoidable case for reform."
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+ - 16 maxims from free and open source culture that all educators should know

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Czech37 (918252) writes "When Heidi Ellis took the floor at this year's Professors' Open Source Summer Experience, she wanted her colleagues to understand the extraordinary educational benefits of involving students in open source projects. And what better to help them realize these benefits than the distilled wisdom of open source communities themselves. Maxims like "If it isn't public, it didn't happen" and "Release early, release often" embody that spirit of openness. Here are 15 more "FOSSisms" that educators should know."

+ - Hero of open web Lawrence Lessig calls techies to action

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Czech37 (918252) writes "Lawrence Lessig is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Webby Award for his work on free culture and Internet activism. During his keynote address at the SCALE 12x conference, he decried the corruption of campaign funding practices and championed the open source way as a key to fixing government. Recently, Lessig launched a citizen-funded and crowdsourced "superPAC to end all superPACs"."

+ - How to approve the use of open source on the job

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Czech37 (918252) writes "If you work in an organization that isn’t focused on development, where computer systems are used to support other core business functions, getting management buy-in for the use of open source can be tricky. Here's how an academic librarian negotiated with his management to get them to give open source software a try, and the four words he recommends you avoid using."

+ - How a Hacker Slumber Party Gets Girls Into Code

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Czech37 (918252) writes "200 female students from around the country converged at the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to join Pearl Hacks, a 24-hour hackathon "slumber party" focused on "building, encouraging and inspiring a community of young female programmers." In an industry where many women feel unwelcome, Pearl Hacks hopes to create spaces where women interested in technology and programming can feel at ease. Read more about the hackathon and its many workshops here."

+ - Microsoft drops XP support; Linux to the rescue

Submitted by Czech37
Czech37 (918252) writes "Today, as Microsoft discontinues support for Windows XP, users all over the world find themselves with only a few options to choose from as they move on. With over 100 distributions, Linux not only offers flexibility, but also reliability and support. We've got you covered with a guide on making the best out of your migration to Linux."

+ - Open source frameworks combine to create "chimera" apps

Submitted by Czech37
Czech37 (918252) writes "Programmers and developers are cherry picking code from multiple open source Web Application Frameworks to create custom-made applications and websites. Instead of using closed, proprietary software, many are finding that the freedom to customize open source solutions and even combine them into Voltron-like hybrids saves time and money."

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!