News Category: Open Source Practices

Of Open Standards, Interoperability and Open Source

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 6, 2009, 12:22 am Glyn Moody discusses open standards and interoperability: "In fact, this obsession with perfect interoperability misses another crucial point, which is that there will *never* be anything like a perfectly-compatible solution with Microsoft's...
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EndNote maker's lawsuit over open-source Zotero dismissed

Article Source Ars TechnicaJune 5, 2009, 1:52 pm An open source software project got some good news this week, as a judge dismissed a suit brought by the maker of a commercial alternative. Thomson Reuters, which makes EndNote, an academic reference management product, had filed suit against...
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Corporate Participation in Open Source Communities

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 5, 2009, 2:10 am Someone recently asked me a few question about corporate participation in open source communities and I thought I'd share my thoughts on this topic here. Are there differences between an open source project done for a corporation and one done for...
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One Approach To Open Source Code Contribution and Testing

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 5, 2009, 1:00 am Slashdot: "Brian Aker, one of the core developers of MySQL, has written up a lengthy blog on how the Drizzle fork is handling both its code contributions and its testing. He has listed the tools they use and how they work with their processes. He...
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FOSS and the Labyrinthine Land of Licensing

Article Source LinuxInsiderMay 29, 2009, 4:00 am The open source movement may well have gotten a great boost from a court decision that could make it easier to enforce FOSS licenses. Last December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in the matter of Jacobsen v...
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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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