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…

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Starting an open source business: preliminary thoughts

I’ve been very surprised as I’ve looked around the web that there doesn’t seem to be very many good guides about the nuts and bolts of starting an open source business. There are odds and ends, yes, and conferences that have sessions here and there, but given all the thousands…

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Daily Links for Friday, October 23, 2009 – Early Edition

Software Nokia: Apple iPhone Violates Our Patents BusinessWeek / Jack Ewing and Arik Hesseldahl The Finnish handset giant said Oct. 22 it has filed suit against Apple (AAPL) in U.S. District Court in Delaware, accusing its California-based rival of infringing patents for core technology that allows the iPhone to make…

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Daily Links for Friday, September 11, 2009

Open Source Linux Foundation to Microsoft: stop secretly attacking Linux ars technica / Ryan Paul Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin issued a scathing condemnation of Microsoft’s recent attempts to unload Linux-related patents to patent trolls. He calls for the company to “stop secretly attacking Linux” and compete on the…

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Links for Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – OIN Edition

Open Source Microsoft rivals to purchase 22 patents to defend Linux ComputerWorld / Elizabeth Montalbano A group of Linux proponents will purchase patents formerly held by Microsoft in an effort to defend distributors of the open-source OS against the ongoing threat of patent litigation from the software giant. The Open…

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Daily Links for August 12, 2009

Windows and Security How to save the Internet from Windows ComputerWorld “After last week’s near-collapse of the social networks, such as Twitter, due to a Windows-based, botnet DDoS attack, I made a modest proposal: Throw Windows off the Internet. Here’s how we can do it. Or, at the very least,…

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Daily Links 05/21/2009 (a.m.)

Report: Desktop Linux in Business Environments – Khaotic Musings – conz’s Blog at ZDNet.co.uk Community “Freeform Dynamics Ltd, and IBM have just released a business report titled Linux on the Desktop Lessons from mainstream business adoption.” tags: OB, IBM, Linux, desktop Microsoft patents means of limiting software | Beyond Binary…

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Government and open source: Public interest

This week I’m going to pose a series of questions in the hope of driving some discussion around the use of open source in government, as well as government involvement in open source. (General warm-up question) In what ways is it in the public’s interest for a government to make…

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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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Eco-Patent Commons news

There’s news today from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development that Ricoh and Taisei have joined the Eco-Patent Commons and Dupont has contributed more patents. From the release: Eco-Patent Commons, launched by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in partnership with the WBCSD, was founded on the commitment that…

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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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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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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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Everyone’s talking: standards reform

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to standards, only being involved for the last 12 or 13 years. I’ve never before seen the amount of attention that is being brought to the idea of standards reform by so many groups of people at various levels of organization. Rather than…

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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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Update on the Eco-Patent Commons

Back in January we announced the formation of the Eco-Patent Commons at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a collection of patents that could be used for ecological or environmental applications. The press release at that time gave an idea of some of these uses: Energy conservation or improved…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #7: Standards

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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Daily Links 07/02/2008 (p.m.)

Adobe’s PDF becomes ISO standard | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “Adobe Systems’ popular portable document format, or PDF as it’s more well-known, has become the latest International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard as of Wednesday morning. Adobe has been the key developer and patent holder of the technology,…

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Daily Links 03/29/2008

Blackboard may lose its patent if PTO decision goes through – Washington Business Journal: tags: education, patents “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary decision Tuesday that would invalidate Blackboard Inc.’s patent on its e-learning management systems.” An Interview with Virgin America’s head of In-Flight Entertainment tags: linux,…

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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 2008-02-21

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 2008-02-19

Groklaw – How to Get Your Platform Accepted as a Standard – Microsoft Style “Our mission is to establish Microsoft‘s platforms as the de facto standards throughout the computer industry…. Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism…

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