"We want to enable and empower the UK to lead the way in licensing, and believe it is a big step to be releasing the OPP to the developer community as open source technology. With the OPP, licensing a creation through the use of lawyers, emails, and snail mail will become a thing of the past," he said.
The 2012 European Directive on Standardisation needs to be revised, three researchers on ICT standards say. The directive is hindering European companies that wish to implement software standards. Negative side effects are especially dire for small companies, the experts say.
“To avoid unfair competition, European governments and public sector organisations should only refer to software standards which are provided under royalty free conditions when expressing mandatory requirements in public sector procurement”, the experts recommend.
The three researchers, Björn Lundell, Jonas Gamalielsson, and Andrew Katz, working for the University of Skövde (Sweden) also warn against allowing FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory) licensing in the European Commission’s European Interoperability Framework, which is being revised. “FRAND can be very problematic when applied to software standards, in particular for small companies that are important for innovation in Europe”, the researchers comment.
Lundell, Gamalielsson and Katz contacted all organisations involved in the JPEG and TIFF patents. Most of these fail to respond to the enquiries and reminders sent by the researchers. The few that do respond, decline to allow implementation of their patent in the GPLv3, a free software licence, decline to answer, or decline to provide details on the patents. This hinders implementation of the standards by small companies and by open source projects, the experts elaborate in their study.
What containers and unikernels can learn from Arduino and Raspberry Pi
There is a lot of interesting buzz around specialized container hosts, rump kernels, and unikernels because they hold the potential to revolutionize certain workloads (embedded, cloud, etc.). Keep your eye on this exciting, fast moving space, but cautiously.
Currently, unikernels seem quite similar to building printed circuits. They require a lot of upfront investment to utilize and are very specialized, providing benefits for certain workloads. In the meantime containers are quite interesting even for conventional workloads and don't require as much investment. Typically an operations team should be able to port an application to containers, whereas it takes real re-engineering to port an application to unikernels and the industry is still not quite sure what workloads can be ported to unikernels.
Here's to an exciting future of containers, rump kernels, and unikernels!
5 open source skills in high demand
The open source job market is booming and companies need talent to drive their business. Here are the five most in-demand skills for open source IT professionals.
Red Hat and Fedora
Community-powered marketing prioritizes solutions over products and ongoing relationships over isolated interactions in efforts to help customers grow and innovate. Without a doubt, my thinking about community-powered marketing has been shaped by my time at Red Hat, the world's largest open source software company (where we place community at the center of everything we do), but it's a concept that started coming into focus for me even earlier.
Fedora 24 just recently entered Beta status a couple of weeks ago. With another Fedora release not so far away, it’s time for the Ambassadors to plan their activities around the release. The most common activity for Ambassadors to do around a release is namely the Release Parties. A release party is also a great way for other contributors in the community to get involved with advocacy in their local regions.