New IBM Journal of R&D: Systems Biology

The latest edition of the IBM Journal of Research and Development is available online. Its focus is “systems biology”: Systems biology is a growing field in which researchers seek to model and understand the structural, genetic, and dynamic relationships of living systems and their biological parts at scales that range…

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Brazil goes with OpenDocument Format (ODF)

The ODF Alliance just issued a press release praising the recent news out of Brazil: With the publication of version of its 2.0 e-Ping Interoperability Framework*, Brazil becomes the first country in South America to officially recommend ODF. The framework states that all .xls, .doc and .ppt files are in…

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French parliament goes open source, enables ODF

Nice news out of Paris today via CNet: “French parliament dumping Windows for Linux.” “The study showed that open-source software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of MPs (members of parliament) and will allow us to make substantial savings despite the associated migration and training costs,”…

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Is the Microsoft UI license GPL-compatible?

Microsoft has very kindly posted the new royalty-free-but-with-conditions license and a FAQ on its website. They’ve also directly, sort of, dealt with the open source question in the FAQ: Can the license be obtained for use in Open Source products? The license doesn�t make a distinction between open source and…

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Microsoft: Please look like me (well, not all of you)

InformationWeek is reporting that Microsoft wants many other applications on all sorts of platforms to look like the forthcoming Office 2007 product suite. Microsoft on Tuesday announced a royalty-free licensing program so that outside developers can apply the Office 2007 interface to their own applications. There’s a catch, though:

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IBM’s newest blogger

Bharath Duggirala is IBM’s newest blogger over at developerWorks. He’s a young technologist working on support for WebSphere Community Edition/Geronimo over in India. He’s just put up his first entry externally after having an internal blog for quite a while. Stay tuned: I think he’ll be yet another important voice…

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What is this blog, anyway?

I’ve now been blogging for more than two years and I’m still deciding exactly what I want to say and when. Here are a number of considerations and thoughts about what goes into this. While a lot of the content reflects my work at IBM, I also talk about personal…

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Some new commentary on Microsoft/Novell deal

Here are some links to stories that broke today regarding the Microsoft/Novell deal: InfoWorld: “OIN speaks out on the Novell/Microsoft pact” Here is part of the OIN statement: “Customers can only benefit from greater interoperability between Linux and Microsoft products. In fact, interoperability has long been a known requirement, and…

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Microsoft vs. Novell

No wonder people were confused. See “Open Letter to the Community from Novell” and “Microsoft Statement on Novell Agreement”. Update: Here are a few more links: ZDNet blog: “This Microsoft-Novell partnership’s not all it’s cracked up to be” You know a partnership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when…

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Will there be another Java?

This is the second version of this entry. In the first, I think I mentioned Java too often and in ways that opened myself up for criticism as a heretic, even though it wasn’t really my intention to find fault. This is especially true because the history of Java-the-phenomenon is…

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Sun, Java, GPL

I’m glad this finally got done. To Sun: keep pushing, finish the job, and don’t forget the Apache Harmony project. To you internal Sun people who worked so hard to make this happen: congratulations and thanks for your perseverance! To all the hundreds of non-Sun software developers who have contributed…

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Frontiers of Intellectual Property slide: “SOA accommodates both open and proprietary”

Another slide for discussion from my talk at the University of Texas School of Law: SOA accommodates both open and proprietary but only in the right places Service Oriented Architecture is the leading trend in building flexible, efficient, distributed computing systems. Open standards exist that allow services to communicate in…

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