Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe

This is the text of a letter I sent to the Boston Globe last week in response to an article they published about the Massachusetts CIO’s decision to mandate the OASIS OpenDocument standard. They didn’t print the letter, but I thought it would be interesting to make it available here.…

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Breaking news: Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems

The “Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems”, sponsored by IBM and Oracle, was released this morning. It is a very good read. From the Introduction: Technology transformative power has always been a source of great expectations and challenges. Today, globalization, fueled by information and communication technologies (ICT), is rapidly changing every…

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Another patent pledge, this time from Computer Associates

See “CA Supports IBM’s Open Source Patent Pledge as Companies Announce Long-Term Licensing Agreement”. From the introduction … ISLANDIA, N.Y., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA – News) today pledged open access to key innovations covered by 14 of its U.S. patents — and counterparts of…

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IBM Open-Standards Leadership Recognized by Automotive Industry Action Group

See the (aptly named) press release “IBM Open-Standards Leadership Recognized by Automotive Industry Action Group”. From the intro: DETROIT, MI — (MARKET WIRE) — 08/31/2005 — IBM announced today that it has received the Automotive Industry Action Group’s (AIAG) Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of the company’s 2004 contributions to…

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Educate openly

One of the things that’s different about the job I have now versus the one I had in the WebSphere organization is that while I speak to as many people as before, I give fewer presentations. That is, I have conversations instead of putting up a bunch of slides with…

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Talk at Green Party meeting

Yesterday morning I gave a short presentation in Brussels at the Green Party “Free Software and Software Patents” hearing. As it turns out, I did not project anything and just spoke from the points I had prepared. These are those comments, unedited and unexpanded. I think they are self-explanatory in…

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Gartner Open Source Panel: Part 2

Last time I spoke about some of the meta-issues around doing panels. While not stated exactly this way, I said that I don’t believe they should be love fests nor do I believe they should be drag out fights. The questions should be direct and to the point, and if…

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I thought I knew what open meant

I’m in Brussels now to talk at the EICTA workshop called “Interoperability- achieving widespread access to new services and applications of the Information Society” tomorrow. It’s an important topic, but one that needs to be approached carefully to avoid misinformation and, in general, FUD. People in our industry have put…

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Regarding Sun and and their “opening up” of 1600 patents: please do it for all OSI licenses

First of all, bravo! Open is good and Sun clearly picked up on the intention of IBM’s patent pledge on January 11 about how this can lead to innovation. (Also see this link for some background on why this is important.) We’re very happy people are joining us in this…

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Links and comments for 23 January, 2005

A guide to ripping and encoding music Good reference and history of mp3 et al Honeypot Project: Unpatched Linux Systems Last Longer than Windows I know more hackers are gunning for Windows, I know more desktops use Windows than Linux, but a few months is still better than a few…

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Breaking News … IBM Makes Patent Pledge for Open Source

I’ll have more on this later today, but I wanted to let you know about a story that is breaking this morning about how IBM has made a pledge of open access to 500 patents to individuals and groups working on open source software. I’ll update this later today with…

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