News Category: Open Source Practices

Finding the Right Open-Source Savvy Lawyer

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 23, 2009, 1:43 pm Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at Practical Technology writes: "Chances are you already have at least an idea of how to find a contract lawyer, a tax law specialist or a real-estate attorney. But what if your programmers are using open-source code...
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Red Hat Sues Switzerland Over Microsoft Monopoly

Article Source eWeekMay 23, 2009, 7:07 am eWeek Europe reports that Red Hat (and 17 other vendors) have filed suit against the Swiss government in response to no-bid contracts which have been awarded to Microsoft. "'It's not just Switzerland who have been getting away with this kind of...
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Cisco Settles, But Where From Here?

Article Source Linux JournalMay 22, 2009, 4:52 pm Until September 20, 2007, nobody had ever sued anybody for violating the General Public License (GPL) — not a single company, project, or individual developer in the license's then-eighteen year existence. This momentous first, settled in a...
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Trademarks are Open-Source-Friendly

Article Source ComputerWorldMay 21, 2009, 9:05 am Keir Thomas calls trademarks a menace to open source, but I couldn't disagree more. When used properly, trademarks, like copyright, are a handy tool to protect and promote open-source projects. A little background. For the past few months, the...
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Free Software Foundation and Cisco Settle (Quietly) Open Source Copyright Infringement Dispute

Article Source New Media & Technology Law BlogMay 19, 2009, 5:01 am Last December, the Free Software Foundation, with great fanfare, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco Systems, Inc. The complaint alleged that certain of Cisco's Linksys products contained code distributed...
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Defining Certifications for Open Source

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 18, 2009, 8:18 am My company has recently launched an Open Source Certification service and I wanted to discuss why we think it provides real benefits to our customers. The way we design this program allows the certification to be a watermark for organizations...
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Managing OSS As an Integrated Part of Business (OSSI) - Final report

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 14, 2009, 5:30 am The Finnish research project "Managing OSS As an Integrated Part of Business (OSSI)" (2005-2007) developed a management framework by examining the phenomena from the perspectives of sociology, technology and business. The business perspective was...
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Wall Street Opens Doors to Open Source Technologies

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 14, 2009, 3:03 am Wall Street & Tech reports that capital markets firms are increasingly adopting open source: "With the financial meltdown eroding IT budgets, large investment banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions have been forced to rethink...
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Qt Publishes Roadmap, Opens Up Git Repository

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 13, 2009, 3:14 am Phoronix reports that Qt Software has published a roadmap and a public source code repository: "Qt is now being openly developed to hopefully spur additional community contributions whether it be code, translations, or other work. The Qt Creator...
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Interview with Greg Dekoenigsberg, Red Hat Community Architect

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 13, 2009, 2:41 am LinuxQuestions.org has published an interview with Greg Dekoenigsberg, Community Architect at Red Hat: "We have essentially three layers of governance. The smallest is the Special Interest Group, which is an ad hoc structure that can be formed by...
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