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A proposal to extend patent protection in Europe could threaten the existence of open-source software unless the European Parliament amends it, say advocates of freely distributed programs such as Linux.
Sun Microsystems has expressed "serious doubts" about the usefulness of the latest Apache Foundation project to create an open source implementation of the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE).
A new wave of freely available open source business applications is already being adopted by a significant number of small and mid-sized businesses. Among the open source applications turning up on small business desktops are word processing and spreadsheet applications like OpenOffice and accounting applications like GnuCash and Grisbi.
Increasingly, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are using open-source software and a subscription-pricing model to build new companies. In particular, the area of open-source infrastructure software, which is typically an expensive purchase for customers, has seen a great deal of activity.
SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source collaborative development site, has announced that it has surpassed the 100,000th project milestone and registered users have surpassed the one million mark as of May 17, 2005.
On April 27-29, 2005, the first Russian Open Source Forum took place in Moscow, Radisson SAS Slavianskaya Hotel. Larry Wall, the creator of Perl, says, "I am surprised by the excitement, and it is not surface excitement, but a deep one."
Setting aside for a moment the debate going on in enterprises over whether to use Microsoft or open source alternatives, this week has seen much noise over two other battlegrounds: schools and local government.
The use of open source software, including Linux and applications, in local authorities has a bright future, according to a survey by the Society of IT Managers.
For a company such as Microsoft whose most familiar competitive tactic has been to undercut rivals on price, "free" open source software such as the Linux operating system has represented a new and unusual threat.
Microsoft faces a serious threat to its UK public sector monopoly from plans by local authorities to increase their use of open source software, a survey commissioned by the FT has found.
Waugh, a two-term president of Linux Australia, opened a can of worms at the conference in Canberra recently by calling on the community not to splinter into factions and interest groups, and lift its game in areas of common interest, such as documentation, advocacy and events. This week, I asked LA vice-president Pia Waugh to elaborate on her recent remarks to linux.conf.au about code and culture in the open source community.
Sun Microsystems Inc. will complete its release of Solaris software code in the next 45 days, completing an effort the company began last year, a Sun official said yesterday.
Even if a major lawsuit were filed tomorrow, open source would still have an outstanding track record of avoiding intellectual property infringement, compared to proprietary software, which is the subject of frequent infringement claims.
Can an open source project get acquired? One just did...