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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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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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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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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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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My World of Warcraft addons

The World of Warcraft multiplayer game exposes a programming interface for the Lua programming language. Because of this, many people have written legal addons that extend the game’s core functionality or provide alternate user interfaces. Some of the packages are huge but some are small and provide very specific functionality.…

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Google becomes an OIN licensee to spur innovation, protect Linux

Per the press release: San Francisco (August 7, 2007) Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today extended the Linux Ecosystem with the signing of Google as its first end-user licensee. By becoming a licensee, Google has joined the growing list of…

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Questions for your national standards body

As its supporters work harder and harder to get approval for its OOXML specification in the JTC1 Fast Track process, there are some very important questions that you should be asking your national standards bodies. These are the folks that represent you on the international standards stage and their actions…

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ODF is not open source, but it is an open standard

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this, but there’s been a curious conflation of the ideas of the open standard OpenDocument format (ODF) and the concept of open source. Now there has long been confusion between open standards and open source, and that’s why I wrote the four part series…

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Video of “Virtual Worlds: Where Business, Society, Technology & Policy Converge”

Video from last Friday’s virtual world’s conference at MIT is now available in RealPlayer format. The links are available in the left-hand column of the agenda. In some cases, multiple sessions are contained in a single video segment.

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#1. My virtual world requirements – The basics

As I’ve reported here, I’ve played a lot with Second Life in the last six months, mostly in the areas of land, landscaping and construction. With my team, I’m currently starting the planning for a work-related project of a much larger magnitude than I’ve attempted before. I’ll describe that more…

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Some travel notes from the last week

The flight to Cambridge last week for the standards program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government was easy and unremarkable. The designated hotel for the event was the Doubletree Suites which isn’t really too close to anything other than the Cambridge exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike. That didn’t make too…

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What business are we in?

Earlier today I was listening in on a meeting where one of our executives was making the point that people should stop thinking of themselves as being in the “open source software business” but rather just the “software business.” I want to riff on this a bit, but I want…

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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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Frontiers of Intellectual Property slide: “Innovation is …”

Another slide for discussion from my talk at the University of Texas School of Law: Innovation is … Great new ideas that no one ever thought about before. Combining old ideas in new ways to provide new insight and possible paths forward. Breakthrough thinking. Possibly technical. More generally, possibly scientific.…

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Snapshot – October 9, 2006

Here are a few odds and ends that somehow reflect things I’ve been thinking about and doing lately: The Three Current Most Popular Blog Posts “HR news from Massachusetts” Comment on Louis Gutierrez stepping down as CIO of Massachusetts. “Microsoft promise” Microsoft’s non-assertion pledge for some of the web services…

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Adjusting to a more open world: Understanding and overcoming resistance to open technologies

I spend a fair amount of time trying to discern, understand, and analyze the strategies of opponents of open standards and open source. I won’t claim that I do this in any completely comprehensive manner for the industry, but I find it to be a useful exercise. There are a…

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