Jason Matusow, the Director of the Shared Source Initiative at Microsoft shares his views and interpretations of Open Source licenses and what they mean to M$ in terms of development.
"The fact that Bram Cohen decided to make BitTorrent open source may be the biggest reason why the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) has not gone after it. If you read headlines all over the Internet you see that the MPAA launched a pretty heavy assault on some of the biggest BitTorrent sites like LokiTorrent but don't be confused, BitTorrent as a technology or Bram Cohen its author has not come to any harm legally. Also BitTorrent is often viewed as its own P2P network, which it is not."
"In a case which, over the course of several years, has spiralled to encompass some of the biggest names in computing, a Utah federal court has finally ordered IBM to turn over the code-base of its AIX and Dynic operating systems for scrutiny by SCO, a relative software minnow."
"As the open-source movement has matured, its backers say it has grown beyond a fanatical element rebelling against the high-tech establishment into a viable model for technological development."
"THE OPEN SOURCE Consortium said it considered European democracy to be a sham, following a decision by the €uropresidency, which [theinquirer] reported earlier today, to steamroller through the software patent directive."
"Mark Taylor, executive director of the Consortium, said: 'The fact that an unelected body can ride rough shod over the near unanimous wishes of an elected parliament demonstrates..."
Dan Bricklin, who helped kick-start the personal computer revolution in the 1980s as co-inventor of VisiCalc, recently named by [Boston] Governor Romney to a state information technology advisory panel, [states] open source is key to creating "Software That Lasts 200 Years."
"While Sun Microsystems Inc. moves to open-source its Solaris operating system and releases key patents in a nod to the open-source community, the company still takes a rap for hampering open source in other ways."
Russ Nelson, the newly elected president of the Open Source Initiative, resigned his office retroactively to Feb. 23 amidst accusations of racism. He states, "I'm resigning from the presidency of the Open Source Initiative, effective last Wednesday (2/23). I have waited to make this announcement because it is not easy to admit inadequacy publicly."
"Systems management vendor Computer Associates International has confirmed that it intends to pledge a number of its patents to the open source community to remove any perceived threat against the Linux operating system."
Jonathan Riddell has posted news and pictures of Europe's biggest meeting of Free Software developers last weekend. He briefs us on the discussions and drops some big names. It sounds like it was great. Wish I could have been there.
"Speaking live on SYS-CON.TV, Linux Business Week editor-in-chief Maureen O'Gara talked with SYS-CON Media West Coast bureau chief Roger Strukhoff about a variety of issues, including zealotry and what she interprets as the "anti-capitalist" overtones of the open source movement."
Open source software seems to be becoming a buzz word and increasingly more trendy with mainstream companies.
"IBM is putting its corporate heft behind a popular open-source Web development technology called PHP, in a move meant to reach out to a broader set of developers."
Following a path laid by open source developers, eBay may open up some of its source code in order to quicken the pace of application development and open up new business opportunities.
Well, duh? ACM Queue has published a summary of a study on open source vs. proprietary software. The study finds that the open source projects are advantageous due to "the existence of a large pool of testers and developers facilitates debugging and the true peer review of the code results in better code." On the down side
Starting with the tagline, "State, cities see savings in sharing software," the Boston Globe writes, "State and city governments, spearheaded by Massachusetts, are becoming the newest converts to the open source software movement."
Stephen Shankland has written an interesting read of the current re-vamping of the General Public License governing Linux distributions and much of the associated software. Highlights include how to intermingle open source and proprietary software and some of the big players positions.
FCW.com is carrying a story describing how LA County is considering using open source software for it's many desktops in order to save millions of dollars. I think it's a good idea and hopefully will lead to a trend all over the country.
Information Week has another story covering last weeks Open Source Summit with quotes from Linus and others on the future plans for the kernel, the patent issues, and standards. A nice read.
Here's a long borin^H^Hserious story on how Linux was represented at last weeks open-source summit. I didn't read too much of it, but it might interest you hard core advocates.