Larry Rosen, the man who wrote the book on Open Source Licensing, has penned an open letter to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) regarding the formalization of a policy that paves the way for patented technologies to become IETF standards. The IETF is the organization that sets the standards for most internetworking technologies.
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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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Following EMC's strong fourth quarter results it's safe to say that buying VMware was the best move the company has made. After all, VMware is driving EMC's growth and that's bad news for server vendors.
The Register reports that in Yeovil, England, fingerprint security systems have been installed in many pubs. They are used to keep out "undesirable" patrons--i.e., those who tend toward drunken violence.
Apple may have an iPhone coming, record financial results and Wall Street's good graces, but its corporate flubs of late make the company look arrogant. At some point--and we're not there yet--the Teflon may actually come off that Apple logo.
Notable headlines: President Bush gives his State of the Union address tonight. Here's the techie way to dissect the speech: Pluggd tees up searchable State of the Union.
I have been complaining about the lack of visibility into what you are getting when you click the play button on a podcast or video. For The Dan & David Show, I blog about what we discuss, but I have been too lazy (or busy) to add time codes for when specific parts of our discussion start and end.
Sun Microsystems and Advanced Micro Devices engineers are on track with the two companies' server transition to the Barcelona chip, AMD's quad-core Opteron processor, says Phil Hughes, a spokesman for AMD. Hughes adds that it too early to see what impact Sun's choice of Intel for some servers will have on the company.
As expected, Sun and Intel announced an mutually beneficial alliance to promote each other's products. For Sun, Intel embraces Solaris with engineering, support, OEM distribution and marketing, and for Intel, Sun will add Xeon (Woodcrest, Clovertown, etc)-based systems to its x86 product line, currently AMD only.
Is it any coincidence that IBM announced new social networking software and Getafirstlife, a Second Life parody, debuted within a few hours of each other? Of course not, IBM getting into social networking is the equivalent of the cab driver touting stocks and the dunce down the street trying to flip real estate.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini and Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz have called a press conference at 10 a.m.