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6 Things to Consider When Building an Open Source Community

I am frequently asked, "Why did you decide to make your product open source?" read more...

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US Supreme Court Rules Against Software Patents

In April, LWN reported on the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, which addresses the issue of whether ideas implemented in software are patentable. The ruling [PDF] is now in: a 9-0 decision against patentability. "We hold that the claims at issue are drawn to the abstract idea...

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Microsoft's Android Patents Will Face Challenges

After the Chinese government revealed the patents that Microsoft uses to obtain licenses from Android phone manufacturers, we can expect to see these patents to face many challenges.

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How to Govern a Project on the Scale of OpenStack

How an open source project is governed can matter just as much as the features it supports, the speed at which it runs, or the code that underlies it. Some open source projects have what I call a "benevolent dictator for life." Others are outgrowths of corporate projects that, while...

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WebOS Betrayal Costs HP $57 Million in Class Action Settlement

It may have been overshadowed by pricier acquisition deals in subsequent years, but HP's 2010 takeover of Palm remains a milestone event. It was a seemingly perfect combination of a highly competitive mobile operating system with a deep-pocketed hardware juggernaut. HP promised it would fund the future development of webOS and...

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