Software patents are still in the news. The European patent directive continues to lumber forward, despite overwhelming opposition from groups on all corners -- excepting the big software companies that will win big if sofware patents become law in Europe as well as the U.
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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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There's an untold story here, by the way: all the other hardware vendors are reporting their results usingLinux. Put Debian with mySQL on this machine, and you'd probably break a $1.20 -and an Apple X-serveusing lots of RAM could probably break one dollar because its X-RAID array is so cheap.
One of the things hampering the whole open source movement today is our failure to count and report our successes. As I put it in something I wrote for Linuxinsider almost two years ago: In management you get what you measure; in volume sales, you get what the press reports.
Well, it looks like it was premature to call the broadcast flag dead for the year. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), rumor has it that an amendment reviving the broadcast flag will be introduced Tuesday in the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science sub-committee to be tacked on to an appropriations bill.
There's a simple bottom line to all this, and a very unsimple consequence. The bottom line is thatorganizations whose technical staff plan services around both their own measurement issuesand the needs of proxy cache users can do much better on counting and verification than organizationswhose staffs treat measurement as something that happens after they've done their jobs.
For now, I'd say take the GPL at its word and change only if a court says so.
It's been a little more than a year since Jonathan Schwartz confirmed that Sun was going to open source Solaris, and it looks like the big day has finally come: OpenSolaris is now available to everybody under an honest-to-goodness OSI-approved open source license. (Actually, several licenses, if you count the other open source tools that make up OpenSolaris...
Going from Quel to SQL is like going from APL to COBOL
Given his skills and his need to support a family, Robbins is a perfect fit for Microsoft. He will spend his time advising Microsoft product teams on open source development, testing, and deployment issues.
Forbes says it so it must be true. Open source software is a scam that open source software companies are running on themselves.