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Firefox to Default to Yahoo’s Microsoft Search

Firefox brings "click to play" to browser plugins.

There have been rumblings for some time now about Google’s search contract with Mozilla coming to an end this year. For ten years, the search giant has been the default go-to when it comes to search on Firefox, a deal which has supplied more than 80 percent of the browser’s funding. There’s been talk that Google or Mozilla wasn’t interested in renewing the deal, either because Firefox competes directly with Google’s Chrome browser or because […]

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On Reglue & Ken’s Kids…

I knew about Ken Starks long before he began writing for us about a year ago. In fact, I knew about him long before FOSS Force even existed. I knew about him from reading his Blog of Helios. I also knew about the important work he does, through his nonprofit Reglue project, getting Linux computers into the hands of school aged children in the Austin area, children who’s parents can’t afford computers because they’re having […]

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Dwight Merriman Part III: Vendor Lock, Forks & Desktop FOSS

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Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a three part series focusing on an interview with Dwight Merriman, co-founder of MongoDB. Part one was published last Monday as From DoubleClick to Database. Part two was published on Wednesday as Why MongoDB Embraces Open Source.

MongoDB’s Dwight Merriman and I were about thirty minutes into our conversation at All Things Open. Lunch time was approaching and I was definitely hungry. Merriman was getting a little […]

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Why MongoDB Embraces Open Source

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Editor’s note: This is the second of a three part series focusing on an interview with Dwight Merriman, co-founder of MongoDB. Part one was published Monday as From DoubleClick to Database.

“I think everyone’s using open source,” Dwight Merriman, MongoDB’s Chairman and Co-founder, said. “That’s the preference. That’s what they want to use. All else being equal, there’s no way they’re going to use a closed source product. I mean, if there’s nothing else available […]

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MongoDB’s Dwight Merriman: From DoubleClick to Database

MongoDB Dwight Merriman

About an hour or so after Jeffrey Hammond from Forrester Research gave his keynote address at All Things Open, in which he spoke of a survey which found that three out of four programmers use open source development tools, I had the opportunity to talk with an entrepreneur developer who’s definitely sold on FOSS. “The days of closed source software are kind of over,” he says, “except for special cases.”

Dwight Merriman is a likable […]

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