News Category: Open Source Practices

Five-Year Hole May Help Google in Android Trademark Lawsuit

Article Source Ars TechnicaMay 3, 2009, 3:45 pm Illinois-based developer and businessman Erich Specht has filed a lawsuit against Google, the Open Handset Alliance, T-Mobile, and 45 other companies for trademark infringement. Specht, who runs a software firm named Android Data, is seeking...
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Open-source companies log impressive growth

Article Source The Open RoadMay 1, 2009, 8:07 am Even as the global economy tanks, open-source companies continue to soar. A range of open-source companies reported sales and community growth this past week, including: Funambol: As announced on its Web site, Funambol's mobile open-source...
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Fighting Bad Patents with Good Prior Art

Article Source FOSSBazaarApril 30, 2009, 2:12 am Red Hat's legal team share some insights about discovering prior art: "In patent lingo, “prior art” refers to evidence of what was already known in the field. There’s no limit on the form the prior art may take, so long as it was publicly...
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Apache Better than GPL for Open-Source Business?

Article Source The Open RoadApril 29, 2009, 6:05 am I have spent years advocating the GNU General Public License (GPL) as the optimal open-source license for commercial open source. Roughly nine years after I first became a fan of the GPL, I think I've been wrong. My admiration for the GPL...
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Microsoft's TomTom patents posted for patent review

Article Source FOSSBazaarApril 29, 2009, 3:06 am LinuxDevices.com reports that the "Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that three of the eight patents cited in Microsoft's lawsuit against TomTom have been posted for prior art review by the Linux community. The evidence is being compiled to...
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Open Invention Network seeks prior art to burn FAT patents

Article Source Ars TechnicaApril 28, 2009, 8:20 pm The Open Invention Network (OIN), a consortium of companies that have banded together to defend the Linux platform from patent litigation, announced on Tuesday that it has launched an effort to find prior art for Microsoft's FAT patents. The...
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How many billions is open-source software worth?

Article Source FOSSBazaarApril 28, 2009, 3:10 am Computerworld asks how much open source software as a whole is worth: "Open-source software is big business. For example, most of what Oracle is getting for it $7.4-billion purchase of Sun is open-source software. Thanks to a Linux Foundation...
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Microsoft's TomTom patents posted for patent review

Article Source LinuxDevicesApril 27, 2009, 2:58 pm Open Invention Network (OIN) announced that three of the eight patents cited in Microsoft's lawsuit against TomTom have been posted for prior art review by the Linux community. The evidence is being compiled to convince the U.S. Patent and...
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Linux Don't Need No Stinkin' ZFS: BTRFS Intro & Benchmarks

Article Source FOSSBazaarApril 26, 2009, 12:45 am Linux Magazine looks at the btrfs filesystem: "Btrfs holds the promise of giving Linux many enterprise class file system features similar to ZFS but with even more features and better performance. In fact, many Linux experts think that btrfs is...
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Aaron Seigo Talks About KDE's Past and Future

Article Source FOSSBazaarApril 25, 2009, 12:07 am Datamation has published an interview with KDE's Aaron Seigo: "Aaron Seigo is one of the most public faces of the KDE desktop. Not only is he a long-time developer, but, for the past three years, he has been president of KDE e.V., the German...
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