News Category: Open Source Practices

EC Software Law Could Divide Open Source

Article Source ZDNet NewsJune 11, 2009, 4:53 am The world of open-source development could be divided if the European Commission succeeds in passing a law extending consumer protection rules to software, according to experts. The Commission proposes software companies be held liable in the...
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Open Source in Health Care IT

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 10, 2009, 11:59 am I just complete an analysis of 779 open source projects in the health care segment.Â¬â  Ten years ago, when the American Association of Family Physicians attempted to organize an open source EMR (electronic medical records) project, it never...
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Study of FOSS Technologies in the World Looking for Participants

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 9, 2009, 7:07 am The Spanish Open Source Software National Observatory has initiated a study of the state-of-the art of open source software technologies in the world: "The aim is to identify and analyze the ongoing public and private initiatives and projects,...
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Underestimating the Mission Critical Role of Linux

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 9, 2009, 4:01 am Mark Rais at reallylinux.com asks to what extent Linux is serving in mission critical environments today: "Many executives I have spoken with over the past few months simply have no idea that Linux is there in the first place. IT engineers often...
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OASIS Protects Open Source Developers From Software Patents

Article Source FOSSBazaarJune 8, 2009, 9:00 am Simon Phipps covers news from OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards: "Some of you may remember a fuss that was made a few years ago by some open source people over the copyright and patent policy used by...
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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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