Daily Links for Monday, December 22, 2009

Open Source A Concise Introduction to Free and Open Source Software Consortiuminfo.org Consortium Standards Journal — August – September 2009 / Andrew Updegrove Abstract: In the early days of information technology (IT), computers were delivered with operating systems and basic application software already installed, without additional cost, and in editable…

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Daily Links for Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Source Good Karma: An In Depth Review Of Ubuntu 9.10 Ars Technica / Ryan Paul Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, was officially released last month. In this comprehensive review, Ars takes you under the surface for an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes. Obama Team…

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Daily Links for August 3, 2009

Consumer Electronics Apple tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order – Times Online “Apple attempted to silence a father and daughter with a gagging order after the child’s iPod music player exploded and the family sought a refund from the company. The Times has learnt that the…

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Daily Links 03/23/2009 (p.m.)

Open Invention Network Extends The Linux Ecosystem As TomTom Becomes Licensee “Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of TomTom as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, TomTom has joined the growing list of companies that recognize…

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Daily Links 01/23/2009 (p.m.)

Op-Ed Contributor – Oaf of Office – NYTimes.com “In his legal opinions, Chief Justice Roberts has altered quotations to conform to his notions of grammaticality, as when he excised the “ain’t” from Bob Dylan’s line “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.” On Tuesday his inner copy…

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IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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Managing open source adoption in your IT organization

This morning I was reading an article/blog entry by Paula Rooney called “Gartner doles out sobering predictions for open source use in the enterprise for next 5 years” over at ZDNet. In it, as you would expect, she largely quotes a Gartner report by Mark Driver. She says The economic…

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Daily Links 12/09/2008 (p.m.)

Cloud Connect – Home “Join us for Cloud Connect: the premier technology event for defining, framing, developing, and transitioning your IT portfolio into the cloud. As organizations consider cloud computing to process their business’ critical data, it is imperative they understand the platforms, applications and risks of moving traditional information…

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Remarks on the IBM Standards Principles

It’s been an interesting day as I’ve watched the various responses to the publication of the IBM Standards Principles. As I hoped, they raised some issues and started some debates. I suspect that longtime readers of this blog will find themes in the principles that I have discussed here before.…

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Daily Links 09/18/2008 (p.m.)

Ars Book Review: “Intellectual Property and Open Source” “Lindberg starts with the basics, explaining how copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets work. He then dives into the details that are most likely to be of interest to software developers: employment agreements, software licenses, copyleft, reverse engineering, and formalizing a project…

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Daily Links 08/29/2008 (p.m.)

Google Code reverses open-source license ban | Business Tech – CNET News “Before, the company had tried to discourage the increase in the number of open-source licenses; having multiple licenses can increase legal costs and in some cases prohibit mingling code from one open-source project to another. But the Eclipse…

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Daily Links 08/26/2008 (p.m.)

Browsers and Privacy Microsoft to add privacy features to IE8 – Network World Safari introduced similar features in 2005. tags: OB, IE, Safari, browser, privacy Stealther :: Firefox Add-ons “If there are times you want to surf the web without leaving a trace in your local computer, then this is…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #6: FOSS licenses

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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LinuxWorld keynote: Comments solicited

I’m now starting to put together my LinuxWorld keynote (August 6, after lunch) and I’ve been talking to people about ideas for the presentation. The general idea is that for the first half I’m going to look at the last decade of free and open source, focusing on GNU/Linux, and…

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Latest ODF Alliance newsletter is available

I just got an email with the latest OpenDocument Format Alliance newsletter. It is also available in PDF form. [Why this is correctly available in PDF form and not ODF.] Topics include South Africa, Brazil, India, Venezuela Appeal OOXML Vote; Denmark Protests; Legal Challenge in UK ODF Alliance Calls on…

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Daily Links 06/04/2008 (p.m.)

More Cuts as United Grounds Low-Cost Carrier – NYTimes.com “United Airlines said Wednesday that it would discontinue its low-fare airline, called Ted, retire aircraft and cut up to 1,100 more jobs, in an effort to lessen the impact of high prices for jet fuel.” tags: OB, travel, United Airlines A…

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CNet: “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”

[edited, less musical] See Martin Lamonica’s CNet article “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”. Compare with the 2006 statement from the Software Freedom Law Center’ regarding ODF, the Open Document Format, an ISO standard: On the factual basis described, and subject to reservations, it is our opinion…

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links for 2008-02-28

Sutor shares surge on nearly 50% growth y/y in 2Q earnings, sales not me … Microsoft’s ‘Openness’ Pledge A Potential Patent Trap, Gartner Warns — Microsoft “IT research firm Gartner is warning open source software makers that Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s pledge to open up its documentation library to third parties…

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links for 2008-02-22

What If Microsoft Gave An Interoperability Party and Nobody Came? Jason Brooks – Open Source – Microsoft’s Interop Forecast Is Partly Cloudy “However, the legal environment surrounding interoperability between Microsoft’s products and the open-source applications that have sprung up to rival Redmond’s proprietary wares is scarcely less murky today than…

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links for 2008-02-21

No, Really, We Mean It This Time EU regulators cool on Microsoft open-source move | CNET News.com “The European Commission has expressed doubt regarding Microsoft‘s announcement Thursday claiming a move toward greater interoperability.” (tags: microsoft opensource) Microsoft’s open-source patent threat still intact | Underexposed – CNET News.com “Microsoft made major…

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links for 2008-02-17

Can Microsoft be trusted on OOXML covenants?: Insight – Software – ZDNet Australia “Developers wanting to use Microsoft‘s Office Open XML specification will need to brush up on their legal skills.” (tags: microsoft ooxml) Datamation Announces 2008 Product of the Year Winners “Given Office’s status, it’s a major eyebrow raiser…

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links for 2008-01-30

You See Mii (unintelligible trite musings) » Blog Archive » World of Warcraft: the art of twinking “Although controversial, using gold, high-level enchants, and rare farmed items to build an exceptionally powerful low-level character is perfectly legal and legitimate under the terms of service for World of Warcraft.” (tags: worldofwarcraft…

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Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous…

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