Here is a great article and video from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about using FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) to do complex audio/video editing tasks: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/how-i-made-a-video-for-libreplanet-using-all-free-software

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There's big news in the software patent front from none other than The U.S. Supreme Court. In the case of [URL="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=167db2c8-5a72-4f52-8c22-6ae54ff16062"]Bilski vs. Kappos[/URL], handed down yesterday, is a major blow to the anti-patent movement, specifically the [I]no software patent[/I] groups. [INDENT]Florian Mueller, founder of the anti-software patents movement (NoSoftwarePatents) in Europe, provides the following commentary on the subject: Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in re Bilski was unfortunately a clear victory for those favoring an expansive patent system and the inflation that it entails. The two "inventors", Bernard L. Bilski and Rand Warsaw, saw their patent application thrown out, and that …

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Florian Mueller, Open Source Patent Activist, just released the following information. He believes that patents already used by IBM against [URL="http://www.turbohercules.com"]TurboHercules[/URL] are also a threat to other major FOSS projects. He now calls on the community for action. [URL="http://openbsd.org"]OpenBSD[/URL], [URL="http://xen.org"]Xen[/URL], [URL="http://virtualbox.org"]VirtualBox[/URL], [URL="http://redhat.com"]Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization[/URL], [URL="http://mysql.com"]MySQL[/URL], [URL="http://postgresql.com"]PostgreSQL[/URL], [URL="http://sqlite.org"]SQLite[/URL] and [URL="http://kaffe.org"]Kaffe[/URL] could also face patent infringement assertions -- "FOSS Patents" blog lists patents and explains how those patents may read on other Free and Open Source Software Projects -- "Call to Research" on FOSS community for further analysis and identification of additional issues [B]Brussels, Belgium, 12 April 2010[/B] -- Florian Mueller, …

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"After years of pretending to be a friend of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), IBM now shows its true colors. IBM breaks the number one taboo of the FOSS community and shamelessly uses its patents against a well-respected FOSS project, the Hercules mainframe emulator." Those are [URL="http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/04/ibm-breaks-taboo-and-betrays-its.html"]the words of Florian Mueller[/URL], the well known software developer and open source political lobbyist and founder of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign, who accuses IBM of betraying its promise to the FOSS community and claims the company has declared patent war in order to "protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open …

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It's true. [URL="http://www.oracle.com"]Oracle[/URL] is now, with its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the world's largest purveyor of open source software. Does that surprise you? It did me too, until I started digging and realized that Oracle has a history of supporting free and open source software. Their support didn't start with their purchase of InnoDB, MySQL or Sun. It goes back into ancient times--Internetly speaking, of course. And, yes, I know that I've taken my share of shots at Oracle and the wonderful Larry Ellison but I also have to own up to the fact that they are good open source …

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Like many I'm sure, I'd heard a little of the Free Software Foundation - their petitions to the US Govt recently (and a public march if I remember correctly), brought a bit of a laugh. But I recently stumbled upon a new campaign being run by the FSF, entitled the "Windows 7 Sins"... you guessed it - timed around the release of the launch of Win7. Now granted, the [I][B]full[/B][/I] title of the campaign is [B]"Windows 7 Sins: The case against Microsoft and proprietary software"[/B], but given that noone else even gets a mention in either the body of their …

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Just as the excitement started to hot up, first with the news that the controversial and increasingly popular legal free streaming music service Spotify was to open up with the release of a third party developer API, and then with the actual announcement of the availability of [URL="http://developer.spotify.com/en/libspotify/overview/"]Libspotify[/URL] itself, so the reality of the situation pours cold water upon it. What the heck am I talking about? Well, Spotify is perfectly poised to cash in on the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4215.html"]potential gap[/URL] that might open up in the online music market as first Apple, and now Amazon, introduce 'variable rate' pricing for downloads. …

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Seems every time I write a piece suggesting open source as an option, I get a couple of comments warning readers about the scary complexities of open source licenses. So I decided to ask a guy who knows free and open source (FOSS) exactly what the deal was regarding FOSS licensing and whether they were really any more or less complex than their commercial counterparts. [URL="http://twitter.com/jzb"]Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier[/URL], who is Community Manager for [URL="http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.1"]openSUSE[/URL] and has been working with FOSS in one way or another since 1996, says the bottom line is that you should always check the license language …

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There are number of factors coming together that lead me to believe that open source's moment is right now, today, this year. Open source already runs so many things and just last week as Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, he asked Scott McNealy of Sun to prepare a report on open source technologies as a first step toward exploring the use of open source in government. When you combine this with the current economic crisis, the maturation of open source products in general, and a willingness to explore FOSS (free and open source software) …

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Joe "Zonker"Brockmeier is the Community Manager for openSUSE. He has been involved with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) since 1996 when he discovered FOSS while a college student and was hooked. For most of his career he has worked as a technology journalist covering Linux and open source topics. Most recently, he was Editor-in-Chief of Linux Magazine prior to joining Novell in February of 2008. I asked him about his role in bringing this release to light and how the open source community drives this type of project. [B]Tell me about your role as openSUSE community manager?[/B] Sure. The …

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There's an old and tired theory that open source solutions in enterprise are risky because there's no "single throat to choke" if things go wrong. It's time to retire that worn out idea. The process goes something like this: The IT department gets into a discussion with the big bosses about how switching over to Linux will save the company thousands of dollars. They explain how easy it is to replace all the office's applications with open source software from several vendors instead of buying new licenses to upgrade the existing commercial software. The conversation goes great until someone points …

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The End.