Stanford law professor and free software advocate Lawrence Lessig called on the open source community to stand up and fight or risk being buried by patent-wielding legacy businesses with arsenals of powerful lawyers. "There is a war against the freedom to innovate and this community has done way too little to resist," Lessig said.
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Both InfoWorld and eWeek are reporting on how five companies are backing the European Union's crackdown on Microsoft. It's not surprising to see Microsoft arch enemies such as Nokia, Oracle, Real Networks and Red Hat publicly coming out against the Redmond, WA-based company.
According to a report by Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch, Microsoft has launched its VBRun Web site in hopes of that it can calm down outraged "VB Classic" users by helping them to transition to VB.NET.
SiliconValleyWatcher has what it calls a scoop on Apple's next generation mobile multimedia device.
In 1993, the founders of a small, scrappy company known as Check Point Software Technologies were visionary enough to anticipate the explosion in demand for a way to secure the perimeters of corporate networks.
This morning kicked off the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, where a mixed crowd of IT enterprise customers and vendors, lawyers, and venture capitalists rubbed elbows as they contemplated open source market strategies. In his keynote, Larry Augustin, CEO of Medsphere, left everyone with no doubt that the next frontier for open source software development is the applications space.
Jonathan Schwartz closed his keynote at the Open Source Business Conference with his best imitation of a United Nations official, calling upon the world to adopt free and open source software (acronym alert: FOSS) as the way to stimulate third-world economies and unleash a major wave of technology innovation from the global community.
Read the fine print. Or, ask for it. That's the moral of this blog.
Harold Carr came and spoke to my graduate class on Middleware at BYU. Harold works for Sun and is the chief designer behind the PEPt architecture.