Against the backdrop of all the vendors who've been indemnifying their customers against this, that, or the other lawsuit, I keep telling people that it's highly unlikely that vendors are going to sue you if the software you got from someone else (eg: Red Hat) infringes on a patent that belongs to someone else (eg: Microsoft). You could argue that using software that infringes on someone else's patent is no different a form of misappropriation of intellectual property than outright piracy.
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Big Blue is big on China. First the company is joining Citigroup in a bid for Guangdong Development Bank, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Ken Rudin caught the on demand bug working as head of engineering for salesforce.com in its early days and then at Siebel as Vice President and General Manager of its CRM OnDemand business unit.
Sun's move to GPL Java may have real strategic and economic value for Sun down the road.
For the record, I have not been one of the lucky few to have laid their hands on Microsoft's new Zune iPod killer which is due to arrive on the US market tomorrow. But, judging by Google News, there are plenty of reviewers out there who have -- reviewers that as far as I can tell will turn out to be the grinches that stole Zune's Christmas.
Memo to Sun: Stop trying to be so damn trendy. Taking Java open source is a big development, but then you muck it up with having a developer Q&A in Second Life.
"Freedom is scary; but on balance I think Java’s new path will be more interesting and more profitable and more fun." --Tim Bray Sun's Director of Web on his Java Is Free blog.
It's official. Despite some saying it couldn't be done, not only is Sun open sourcing Java, it's doing it under version 2 of the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License (GPLv2) using an FSF-endorsed footnote known as the "classpath exception.
Down a few pints of Web 2.0 dispatches, ponder The New York Times’ effort to coin Web 3.
Nick Carr was at this best synthesizing the week that was--the Web 2.0 Summit--and he wasn't even there.