It's a pity that so much (virtual) ink about open source has to be about legalities rather than technical issues. While I find the law interesting, I don't think it's as much fun or as fascinating as the technology.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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As open source tools become more professional service revenue can replace license revenue naturally. JBoss, based near my home in Atlanta, is Exhibit A.
Larry Rosen (right), former general counsel for the Open Source Initiative, has not turned against the General Public License (GPL). He remains a strong open source advocate.
Microsoft's anti-interoperability license has been rejected by the European Commission. (That's the same EC that's bullying through the anti-competitive patent directive.
Please note. I don't believe the following. I am making a devil's advocate argument in order to stimulate discussion.
Sometimes stories come across your desk, within minutes of each other, that are so contradictory you have to laugh.First we have Google, courting open source developers for its Google Code project.
A ZDNet story that originated with Consulting Newsbuilds an intriguing mystery.Why haven't big consulting firms pursued the open source opportunity?
What you need to deal with your open source management headaches may just be a big hunk of expensive, proprietary, closed source software. Thats what OpenLogic thinks because they released Version 3.
Our own Stephen Shankland has a story out illustrating the continuing confusion over the word Linux. The story is that Harald Welte, who runs the GPL Violations Project, found 13 hardware companies at CeBIT who were violating the GPL of GNU-Linux by not releasing code based on it.
Despite pleas from its developers, Microsoft is ending free support for Visual Basic 6 this month.For the open source community, this is no great loss.