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OSI Calls for Scrutiny of CPTN's Patents in Novell Deal

As we recently reported, as Novell folds as an independent company as part of its acquisition by Attachmate, there is a significant patent twist. When Novell put together its deal to be acquired, the deal included the sale of a whopping 882 patents to a consortium backed by Microsoft, and it wasn't until recently that the curtain was raised on who Microsoft's partners in that consortium are. They are Apple, Oracle and EMC--some of the biggest proprietary technology companies on the planet, as is Microsoft. The consortium, called CPTN Holdings LLC, is now gaining some significant scrutiny. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has asked the German Federal Cartel Office to investigate CPTN's patents. According to the statement from OSI: "The fact that Microsoft was leading the takeover of Novell’s patents was itself alarming to the open source community, but when it was revealed that Microsoft had recruited Oracle, Apple, and EMC to be co-owners of the patents, the OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction. We found that the German Federal Cartel Office was open to receive comments from the public about this transaction...

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Opinion: Ubuntu Is Not the Only Linux

To many people, Ubuntu is Linux. Which means that their perception, for good or ill, is determined by Ubuntu. Matt Hartley reminds us there is more to Linux than just Ubuntu.

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Linuxy Hopes, Dreams and Resolutions for 2011

Now that New Year's Eve is almost upon us, there seems little to do with 2010 but bid it a fond farewell and set our sights on what's to come. We've already taken the required look back over the year; we've even put the "year of" debate through one more...

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Top 15 Consumer Cloud Services

Many of these services are available for free but vary in usability and simplicity.

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Report: Best Gifts For the Linux Geek, Make Your Own Railgun, and More

Tis the season! Linux is the gift that keeps on giving; here is a roundup of my suggestions for treating yourself, your loved ones, or other people with Linux and geeky goodness.

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For Commercial Software Firms in 2011, Open Source is Ripe for Picking

While our recent roundup of 2010's biggest open source events emphasized the fact that two large, public U.S. companies focused primarily on open source--Sun Microsystems and Novell--lost their independence, 2011 promises to be the year that open source takes on massive appeal to commercial software companies and entrepeneurs who want to build companies. In fact, the flip side of Sun and Novell losing their independence is that they did so because they had appeal to established companies: Oracle and Attachmate, respectively. Open source software components are now frequently showing up in commercial software products, but commercial software companies in 2011 won't just integrate FOSS components, they'll build businesses around open source software. Matt Asay, in a piece for The Register, even heralds 2011 as "The Year Open Source (Really) Goes Capitalist." He writes: "...open source will take center stage with industry leaders in 2011, as it already has in the mobile battlefield with Google's Android, much to Apple's chagrin. It's not just about using open source to gain market share. It's also a matter of using open source to...

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