News Category: Open Source Practices

Open Source to the Rescue?

Article Source FOSSBazaarNovember 16, 2009, 9:04 am By far the best session at the 451 Group Client Conference that I attended last week was a panel led by analyst Matthew Aslett titled “Open Source To the Rescue?”   When the 451 Group started their open source practice some years back...
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Open Source License Debate

Article Source FOSSBazaarNovember 16, 2009, 8:21 am The Free and Open Source Software Learning Center hosted a debate between representatives for three different open source license alternatives. I was asked to participate as one of the debaters, presenting my view of the advantages of the BSD...
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Let's Have Responsible Disclosure For Open Source Violations

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source WeblogNovember 16, 2009, 7:18 am Last week brought news about Microsoft inadvertently using open source code in one of their binary-only tools -- code that had to be redistributed with the tool itself. When this does happen, what's the best way to...
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The Convenient Fiction That Microsoft is Evil

Article Source CNET NewsNovember 16, 2009, 6:18 am It's a convenient fiction that Microsoft is the source of all evil in the technology world, particularly for a vocal minority within the open-source community. For such people, Microsoft hate is an excuse for a distinct lack of introspection...
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Does Microsoft's 'Sudo Patent' Protect User Account Control?

Article Source InformationWeek's Open Source WeblogNovember 12, 2009, 11:49 am Has Microsoft gone one step closer to patenting the words "May I?" That's been the general sentiment about the granting of Microsoft's "Rights elevator" patent -- which would cover User Account Control ("UAC") in...
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Microsoft Pulls Windows 7 Tool After GPL Violation Claims

Article Source Ars TechnicaNovember 10, 2009, 11:02 am Last week, Within Windows noted something suspicious in regards to Microsoft's use of the GNU's General Public License (GPL): "While poking through the UDF-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, I had a weird feeling...
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Project Management Lessons from the FreeDOS Project

Article Source FOSSBazaarNovember 10, 2009, 9:12 am A lot of people seem to think that open source is a magic solution to project management and that open source projects will automatically attract a large and healthy community of contributors and users who will improve the software. This, of...
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SFLC Tech Director Finds One New GPL Violator Every Day

Article Source Ars TechnicaNovember 9, 2009, 7:27 pm Bradley Kuhn, the technical director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), has published a helpful set of guidelines about the most productive way to respond to a suspected violation of GNU's General Public License (GPL). The...
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Let's Act on ACTA Before it's Too Late

Article Source Linux JournalNovember 9, 2009, 8:19 am It was over a year ago that I wrote about the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (ACTA), a new global standard for the enforcement of intellectual monopolies currently being discussed by representatives of the United States, the...
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Court Gets A Torrent-full About Linux

Article Source Linux JournalNovember 4, 2009, 6:28 pm BitTorrent is one of the most contentious technologies available. At least, that is, to the Old Order, those lovely suit-clad corporate types bent on holding technology forever in the days of the — manual — typewriter. The technology,...
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