News Category: Open Source Practices

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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Nagios fork - commercial growing pains, commercial interests

Article Source FOSSBazaarMay 11, 2009, 6:24 am 451 CAOS Theory covers reasons for the recent fork of Nagios: "Open source eyes are watching the latest fork, this time Icinga, a new offshoot of the widely-used open source monitoring software Nagios. The fork and its impetus appear to center on...
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Trimming the FAT: Linux and Patents

Article Source Linux MagazineMay 6, 2009, 4:08 pm GNU/Linux. It’s free (libre) software that we all love to use. We love it because it works, because it’s open source and because it encompasses ideologies that many of us support and believe in. But what happens when these ideologies clash...
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