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Open source SPARC likely to use GPL license

During an interview at Syndicate 2005 with Doc Searls, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz said that while BSD and Mozilla licenses were under consideration for the SPARC processor design, the most likely candidate is the GPL. Sun is in the process of open sourcing all of its software, and now processor designs.

December 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Sun's Schwartz@Syndicate: Intranets are gonna die

Today, the second and last day of the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco, the event kicked off with Doc Searls doing a keynote interview of Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz.  As an experiment in live blogging, kind of like stuffing IRC into a blog, I'm going to populate this blog entry with nothing but some of Schwartz's more interesting quotes.

December 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Structured blogging initiative taking off

At the Syndicate 2005 conference, a few dozen Web companies--including PubSub, Bloglines, Feedster, Meetup, Newsgator, Rojo, Sxip, CommerceNet and Broadband Mechanics--gathered behind a structured blogging initiative, using microformats and other open standards. "We need to make sure that all new formats, such as events, listings, reviews, audio and video blog posts, are compatible with each other.

December 13, 2005 by Dan Farber


Where HP goes (into the 'live Web'), perhaps your business should follow

After Doc Searls gave a short keynote about the live Web (different from the static Web) here at the Syndicate Conference, Scott Anderson, HP's Director of Enterprise Brand Communications took the stage to talk about how HP is embracing it (the live Web) to build its brand and strengthen its relationships with the various constituencies it deals with, especially customers.

December 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Microsoft releases FAQ on Ecma submission

Already being lampooned as FUD by OASIS general council Andrew Updegrove (OASIS is the the consortium that stewards the OpenDocument Format), Microsoft has posted a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that it hopes will address any of the confusion around its convenant not to sue (developers who implement its file formats in their software) as well as questions that have arisen as result of the submission of its file formats to Ecma International.

December 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Searls@Syndicate on 'The live Web'

I'm here at the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco.  The show was kicked-off with a short keynote by conference chairperson (and blogger-extraordinnaire) Doc Searls.

December 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Alexa turning its Internet index inside out

Via John Battelle's Searchblog, Amazon's Alexa Web search engine is offering its index and a set of Web services--such as search, category browsing and metadata crawling--for building custom search solutions. According to Alexa's site, the index has 4.

December 12, 2005 by Dan Farber


Microsoft to outbid Google for AOL's affections?

Worth reading: Dana Gardner predicts in his recently launched ZDNet blog Briefings Direct that Microsoft will win the AOL sweepstakes, leaving Google to look elsewhere for a big chunk of ad revenue. The stakes if Microsoft wins — no doubt by mere show of loot — are extremely high.

December 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Why an open standard for DRM won't prevent the DRM trainwreck

If you've been following my various rantings on this blog, particularly the ones about file formats (OpenDocument Format vs. Microsoft's Office XML-based formats) or digital restrictions management (DRM) [sic], or a lot of what I've written over the last five years about open standards and intellectual property, then you'll know that for the benefit of technology buyers (ZDNet's audience), I'm a strong advocate of open standards.

December 12, 2005 by David Berlind