Some major open source foundations now require "patent pledges." Here's what they are, and why they're being requested.
Last week, the Library of Congress announced that it will “open up with OOXML.” Nine new OOXML format descriptions will be added to the LoC Format Sustainability Website. What?
Not so long ago, everybody was suing everybody in what quickly became knows as the "Mobile Platform Wars." That may not be so easy anymore.
It's become fashionable for content producers to rail against the concept of “curation” in the Age of the Internet. But that sells both sides short - content producers and consumers alike.
Many self-published authors believe that Amazon is the patron saint of writers, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is suffering from "Amazon Derangement Syndrome." Until now...
Heaven help us all, they’re doing it again. The “who” are the venture capitalists, and the “what” is super-inflating another start-up company bubble.
This time, the effort being launched is called the Dronecode Project, and the code it supports controls a much hotter platfrom than a telecom backbone: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more popularly known simply as "drones."
In Brussels, they really get "open." In Washington, D.C., well, not so much. It would be easy, and even no surprise, to spend a year in Washington, D.C. and never hear the word "open" used during a high level policy discussion. It's quite the opposite in Europe, where all things open (standards, source code, data and research) have been the subject of lively discussion and incorporation into core policy goals and directives. Nor has that happened by coincidence.
The Linux Foundation this morning announced the latest addition to its family of major hosted open source initiatives: the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV),
Mention the letters "DRM" and you're likely to immediately evoke two opposing and emotional reactions.
It seems like for governments, openness is one of those things that "says easy, does hard"
The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies.
What it was like to develop "open source software" before it even had a name
Can search results this high really have another explanation?
In which the ability of open standards to break even the most monolithic IT monopolies is explained and explored
The answer to that question is "more than you may think"
Yes, there is an answer to that question for self-published authors
In this chapter I review how a tiny software company achieved dominance on the desktop
Setting the State: Products, Innovation and Market Share
Being the story of the greatest standards war of all time