The Open Source Development Labs is to officially launch its Patent Commons Project web site, providing a single source of information on patents pledged to the open source community.
There are good reasons for using open source software (OSS), and I've learned those reasons through 15 years of experience with more traditional, commercial or closed source applications.
Last week 20 open-source gurus from around the world gathered in Santa Clara for a coding "sprint" to improve technology publicly available to businesses and individuals in the programming community.
Running Linux has come a long, long way. With tools like Webmin and SUSE's YaST, it's getting to the point where you can almost run a Linux system without ever having to dig into the command line and shell programs. Almost.
Ron Hovsepian, Novell's new president and chief operating officer, noted that Novell has observed a wait-and-see attitude toward open source.
Open-source advocates have lashed out at SAP after a senior executive's "bold and ill-informed" criticisms. Shai Agassi, SAP's head of product development and technology, said open source represents a kind of "IP socialism" that kills innovation. Agassi later downplayed the comments, saying they had been reported out of context.
A SUIT from German CRM software outfit SAP has lit out against journalists and claimed they’ve wrenched his remarks out of context. But taped evidence exists.
For us, the value of the products is worth paying extra money. So, while I am sure some corporate IT spending is indeed motivated by a bunch of greedheads, the perception that certain software has a better value over open source software is a real obstacle to getting it purchased.
"Open source is great for debugging, but it's crucial not to touch [the code]," said Shai Agassi, president of the product and technology group at SAP. He also lashed out against Oracle, refering to the takeover giant as a "pirate."
The open-source movement will attempt to better negotiate a potential litigation minefield with the unveiling on Thursday of a company that will acquire technology patents to limit the movement’s legal exposure.
Is there a category of software big enough, mature enough and frustrating to customers enough to give rise to the next major software powerhouse-- let alone multiple software powerhouses?
A new, collaborative web page aims to introduce Windows users to high quality, free, open source applications that run on Windows.
ZDNet UK has just concluded an investigation into why some governments have embraced open source, while others have given it the cold-shoulder.
Open-source business models are booming in the software industry, a rapid rise that has some experts wondering if it's a bubble that will burst.
Novell in August reported a 5% drop in fiscal third-quarter revenue from a year ago. In contrast, Linux rival Red Hat reported a 42% year-to-year increase in its most-recent quarterly revenue. In a tech market that likes to have choices, big-business Linux is looking more like a one-horse race.
So you want to be an open-source millionaire, do you? What will really determine if your Linux distribution or your content management system, or whatever, will ever bring you a thin-dime has very, very little to do with your code's goodness.
It's a familiar phenomenon - a company becomes successful and, as it does so, some of its brightest stars leave the mother ship to try to re-create that success elsewhere on their own. This is starting to happen with Red Hat. Until OSBC, however, I hadn't realized how fast this was happening.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a new annual award that honours the use of free software in "the service of humanity".
Open source code, written by a community of thousands of software developers, has always been made freely available. But there are ways of making money from it, as David Reid finds out in Amsterdam.