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Nokia announced today that it is using best-of-breed open source software as the basis of a new mobile browser for its world leading smartphone software, the Series 60 Platform.
'The proposal specifically precludes the information from being used in a Free Software implementation, such as the Samba workgroup server software,' Greve said. 'As Samba is the only remaining major competitor of Microsoft in this market, the Microsoft proposal translates to: Of course we will give you the specifications - unless you happen to be a serious competitor of ours, that is.'
As the Open Source Initiative (OSI) is readying a group to tackle the issues of licence proliferation, earlier proposals to solve the problem have fallen into disgrace.
Developers have been urged to pay more attention to issues such as support, documentation and roadmaps if they want companies to trust open source.
What began as a keynote panel on the evolving world of open source quickly escalated into a debate on the future of open source licensing when a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University took center stage.
It is the classic struggle between David and Goliath. Between a monopoly vs. an idealistic rag-tag group of geniuses, business owners and stay-at-home Moms. I care in the stead of those who do not. I care because there are people who don’t know they are being taken advantage of. I care because a young girl needs me to. Struggling to educate, I care, to make others aware of another option and the threat to their future ability to choose.
At a LinuxWorld panel, Eben Moglen, the legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation, said, "It won't be long before the first public draft of the GPL 3 will be out and it will include clauses on how to conduct patent defense."
MARTIN Taylor, Microsoft Corp’s general manager for its platform strategy, states, "There’s only one study that I’ve seen, which was dated in 1999 done by, I think, a company called Robert Frances Group or something like that said Linux had better TCO."
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.