Daily Links for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Open Source

Oracle gives open source a patent pass
Computer Business Review

Oracle has vowed not to assert its patents against open source projects such as the Linux operating system kernel and the MySQL and PosgreSQL databases by entering into a licensing agreement with the Open Invention Network.

Why does Microsoft fear OpenOffice.org?
ComputerWorld / Preston Gralla

It’s well-known that Microsoft worries that Google Docs may eat into the profits of the Microsoft Office cash cow. But Microsoft also appears to be extremely worried that an unlikely source may be a major threat as well — OpenOffice.org. At least that’s what a recent job posting at Microsoft shows. And market share numbers back it up.


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