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As Oracle's acquisition of Sun demonstrates, FOSS licenses alone aren't enough to protect developers. Luckily, there are other well-tested legal tools available. So why don't developers use them?
If you’re interested in the intersection of technology, government, standards and open source software, you really want to be paying close attention to Europe these days. That’s because the EU is where all of the really interesting, high-level IT policy action is.
Companies that participate in hundreds of standard setting organizations (SSOs) often bemoan the continuing launch of more and more such organizations. Why, they are wont to ask, are so many new ones being formed all the time? And indeed, the aggregate participation costs for such companies in terms of membership dues and personnel are very high.
This morning brought the significant - and long overdue – announcement of the launch of an independent foundation to host development of the open source, ODF-compliant OpenOffice productivity suite. It should have happened ten years ago.
Page through a major newspaper (remember newspapers?) today and you’re likely to run into two enormous ads, one by Google and one by AOL. Leaving aside the irony of Google advertising in a form of media that it has almost competed out of existence, there’s something potentially transformative going on here that’s worth exploring.
In 2005 I dedicated an issue of Standards Today to the future of the Semantic Web. The centerpiece was a very detailed interview (over 5,700 words) with the inventor of both the Web and the Semantic Web, Tim Berners-Lee. It's now five years later, and the Semantic Web may - finally - be ready to take off. Better hope it does.
Have you been missing your weekly fix of The Alexandria Project? If so, you're in luck. I've been re-working the book in preparation for approaching a literary agent, and figured it needed a quicker, edgier start than the original. What's your opinion?
As most of the technology world knows by now, Oracle has brought a suit for patent infringement against Google, asserting that the Java elements incorporated into Google’s Android operating system infringe patents that Oracle acquired when it took over Sun Microsystems. What no one yet knows for sure yet is why?
Last summer, a new organization was announced with the goal of promoting the uptake of open source software by the U.S. federal government. Now that organization has completed its first quite successful year of operations, and its celebrating by announcing an awards program to recognize those that have been most influential in advancing its goals. Maybe you know someone who's contributions to open source should be recognized.
In which the world ends - or doesn't. You'll just have to read it to find out.
In which the FBI gives chase, our hero escapes, The End draws Near
In which Frank get a revelation from an Irish drinking song, George comes in from the cold (sort of), and the FBI launches a nation-wide manhunt for you know who.
In which the CIA gloats, the FBI rages, and we learn that reports of Franks demise were greatly exaggerated.
At any given time I'm helping to set up two or three new consortia and open source foundations, and it's always a pleasure to see one of announce their public launch. Yesterday it was the turn of Open AXIS Group, the latest in a seemingly endless string of initiatives formed to recruit the versatile magic of XML to address a global need.
In which the FBI moves in on Frank, Carl and Marla move in on the real hacker, and - oh my - could this really be the end?
In which the FBI gloats, the CIA scrambles, the President infarcts, and Mrs. Foomjoy becomes a person of interest
In which a coup is planned in North Korea, a mystery is unraveled in Nevada, and Frank (unknowingly) finds himself out of the frying pan - and into the fire.
In which Carl and Marla find the Alexandria Project (or do they?), strange doings take place in N. Korea, and Frank has a very surprising visitor
“ORDERED that SCO's Renewed Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law or, in the Alternative, for a New Trial is DENIED.” So ends the ruling of District Judge Ted Stewart. And so also, perhaps, ends the seemingly endless quest of SCO to tax or kill Linux.
In which North Korea rolls out its new missile, the FBI works to undermine the CIA, and - who knows - Frank may have found where The Alexandria Project hackers hang out.