Supporters of the next GNU General Public License are girding for an onslaught of comment and controversy, but they remain confident that the open-source community will survive and be made stronger for the effort.
Famous insurer works with open-source community to remove the last major drawback to general corporate acceptance.
The LinuxWorld conference is proving to be more than just a meeting of Linux fans and sellers. It's now a venue for all sorts of open-source advocates.
Something has happened to the open-source software movement. It is losing some of the intellectual purity that first drew in the ponytail crowd. It is being subverted to the interests of bigger technology companies.
The patent pool being built by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) is useless in the defence against Microsoft, according to open source activist Bruce Perens speaking at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco.
A growing number of federal IT managers at U.S. civilian and defense agencies are choosing open-source Linux over proprietary Unix operating systems, according to a new survey from Larstan Business Reports.
The OSDL is to collate information on patents that have been donated to the open source community, but not everyone thinks it will be useful.
Acceptance of the commercial open-source model is more evident than ever. The database is, and will always be, a critical component of the application stack, O'Grady said. And as LinuxWorld shows, options for that stack are viable and vibrant.
Guess what? In the coming months, your company may very well hear from those involved in updating the GPL. The next version of the license is being drafted now under the direction of the Free Software Foundation. This may be the first time in history that customers themselves have been asked to help define the terms of a software license.
Only about 2% of the thousands of developers working on open-source software projects are women and that issue was the topic of a panel discussion here on Friday, the last day of the seventh annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention, as they discussed ways to reverse that pattern.
The penguin-heads are here. More than 11,000 people, fans of the Linux operating system and its penguin mascot, dive in to the annual LinuxWorld conference at Moscone West this week.
Beloved old technologies don't die. They go open source. For some reason the open source model has enabled dead and dying technologies to stay alive long after commercial interests left them to rot.
If Novell gets the preliminary injunction it's asking for, SCO will no longer have any money. None. SCO would be out of business -- something IBM, Red Hat, AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler could never have made happen.
Mozilla and the Debian Core Consortium are only two examples of a trend of open-source projects morphing into open-source businesses.
The next version of the GPL (General Public License), GPL 3, is likely to appear in early 2007, according to a board member of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) who is working on drafting the future release.
IBM has abused the software's open-source status to enjoy marketing and user acceptance benefits, Jonathan Eunice, principal analyst with Illuminata, argued. By revoking the open-source status, the company undermines the value of open source.
The twice-yearly LinuxWorld Conference & Expo provides an opportunity to check the pulse of the open source community. This time around, I expect to see more new open source products unveiled than ever before at this show. In this column, I'll predict a few.
A proposed European law on intellectual-property infringement could allow SCO to sue Linux users in a criminal court, experts warn.
Free software, despite the price, can be confusing and costly for corporations to use. So companies often have to do their own testing and tweaking to see if such open-source programs work reliably. To address the problem, a rating system has been devised.
On Monday, Black Duck Software Inc., a leading provider of software compliance management solutions, and SourceForge.net, one of the world's largest open-source collaborative development sites, will announce that Black Duck will be able to use SourceForge's program repository to make its software compliance program more efficient.