The next time you see the phrase "open source" used in association with some software, be advised that you'll need to take that claim with a grain of salt.
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Just days ago we were all asking what Red Hat did to deserve an open assault from Oracle and possibly Novell and Microsoft. Perhaps all that consternation was a tad premature.
Just after salesforce.com announced that it passed the 500,000 subscriber mark, had 27,100 companies using its software and was tracking close to $500 million in revenue for its fiscal year, Oracle issued a press release stating that it has more than 1.
Sun has apparently notified the Open Source Initiative that the Sun Public License (SPL) is no longer of use to the open source community. On his blog, Sun's Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps wrote:....
Get ready for the WiFi tax. There's no way vendors can back away from the Wi-Fi "standard" (in other words, this is a house of cards that probably won't come down) even though it appears as if the 54 mbps Wi-Fi standards 802.
It's getting ugly. Something has apparently gone terribly awry in the recent legal pact between Microsoft and Novell.
There's a lot of legal mumbo jumbo in this post. So, let me preface it with the official disclaimer that I am not a lawyer.
Would you sacrifice $10 million in sales to prevent $1 billion in software piracy? How about $100 million?
My personal belief is that mashup style software development, as ecosytems go, will easily overtake most other software development ecosystems in number of developers and applications. To help acclerate that process, ZDNet, in conjunction with Mashup University (the event) now brings Mashup U directly to you, on your desktop at no cost to you.
The Wall Street Journal publishes a Yahoo memo penned by Brad Garlinghouse and it took bloggers about an hour to start pondering conspiracy theories. Among the questions summed up and raised by Donna Bogatin and a few hundred other bloggers: How did the Journal get the memo?