This post on Techdirt does a great job of summarizing the problem with patents: The patent system isn't designed to "protect the little guy." It's designed to promote innovation -- and that's what it needs to be judged on.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
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.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
Is timely disclosure -- an open source security process -- the key to a timely fix? Or do loose lips sink chips?
At ZDNet, we often ask how Linux will ever crack the home market.It might come in through your next mobile phone, but most users won't know it, nor will they use it, as Linux.
Unix can't compete on a branding level with Windows. We have too many players, each with their own agenda, to put out a unified message. It's really up to you, no matter what flavor of Unix you use, to drive this message home.
Microsoft is stepping up its Genuine Advantage program, and requiring a "piracy check" for all customers who want to download patches — excepting security updates — for Windows XP. This is a great strategy...
It’s this open source business model, not open source software per se, which I think proprietary companies like Microsoft and Oracle are unable to get their hands around. It’s the first great business invention of the 21st century. It’s changing the world in Internet Time.
A JupiterMedia study, reported on by ComputerWorld, shows the Mac OS X operating system taking some significant hunks of market share in mid-sized and large businesses.While the survey found 17-21% of desktops and 9-14% of server users had Macs, it doesn't mean that OS X has complete control of those shops, or that their market share is that high.
I planned to go after John Dvorak's Creative Commons humbug, but I got beat, and that's good.So let's instead take a look at the latest from Martin Taylor, Microsoft's general manager for platform strategy.
You'd think that Creative Commons is a pretty simple concept to grasp. However, John Dvorak's recent column about the Creative Commons licenses shows that it is indeed possible to completely miss the point.
The news that IBM will stop selling OS/2 is not surprising. What is surprising, to me at least, is that there are users who still care about OS/2 (apparently quite deeply) and are asking IBM to release OS/2 as open source.