Yet in recent weeks the open-source community has been thrown into tumult. Software giant Oracle Corp. has acquired two small open-source companies and is in negotiations to buy at least one more. Many experts believe this is the beginning of a broader trend in which established tech companies scoop up promising open-source startups. The fear is that a round of buyouts could undermine the ethos of open source.
Some people might be surprised that the government is only just waking up to the idea that open source is secure, stable and attractive to end users. Better late than never, though.
Two new reports are warning the governments of New Zealand and Québec of the potential legal dangers of using and modifying open-source software, with one advising that some open-source licences are "highly infectious".
Speaking at FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting) held in Brussels last Saturday, Stallman outlined the ways the revised GPL will attempt to combat threats to free (as in "freedom") software that have emerged over the last 10 years.
Linuxville? Penguin Heights? What would you name a city dedicated to open source software? Our lead story is indeed that odd. Back in the real world, Free Software magazine carried a short 'n sweet interview with Mark Shuttlesworth. Interview of the week has to go to Paul Krill of InfoWorld, who sat down for a long chat with Tim Bray, the director of web technologies at Sun Microsystems.
According to the organizers of M4, their open-source message-breaking application managed to crack one of the three original Enigma messages that were intercepted in 1942 early last week.
Where do we begin when it comes to separating the open source words from the business reality? Where is open source in business and, in particular, in New Zealand business?
Despite the explosive growth in the use of free and open source software over the last few years there are still many businesses, organisations and individuals that just don't "get it".
I blame the open-source movement for the trend towards scriptable desktop and workgroup applications. This has led to a situation in which crowds of thickies like me wander forlornly around user forums, asking for tips and workarounds, only to be told by know-it-alls to write a script to solve the problem. Scripting is not an alternative to proprietary systems. It is a heap of bicycle parts, with instructions in Swedish and no Allen key.
It seems that, although some misgivings may remain, the open source community is coming to terms with the realities of the software business. Whereas at one time an open source software company might have been booed out of the room for charging license fees for commercial deployments, these days that practice is becoming the norm.
IBM is joining with Harvard University to create an open-source initiative that could challenge Microsoft's planned InfoCard online identity management system, the company is expected to announce today.
On this slow news day Chris Bell has publishied a trio of articles basically singing the praises of open source software on the New Zealand ComputerWorld site. From an introduction to open source, through an examination security of open source vs. proprietary, to giving examples of the advantages including cost saving of open source, Chris Bell has had a busy weekend. Great reading for a laid back Sunday afternoon.
'The revolution will be televised,' is the message going out today as the non-profit Participatory Culture Foundation launches Democracy, the "world's first" open source internet TV system.
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Massachusetts might have been the FOSS shot heard 'round the world, but California may be quietly building pressure for an open source earthquake of its own. On the face of it, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) is not setting the world on fire with its well-documented adoption of free open source software.
The computing industry goes in cycles. The latest trend, growing in buzz over the past year, is server consolidation aided by virtualization software. Pundits claim this is a throwback to the old days of the mainframe. It's instructive to examine the virtualization trend in light of this mainframe comparison to see if there are any lessons to be learned.
More signs of the tide turning this week as big league players queued up to catch the open source wave. With players like Sun and Oracle both trumpeting the virtues of open source, one has to wonder whether Microsoft is starting to feel awfully alone out there.
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