JavaWorld has a piece that asks the question, who should maintain open source projects? Obviously, this is looking beyond the many one-man open source projects that are part of the ecosystem and focusing on the big dogs of the open source space.
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.
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File this under Irony.Stephen Shankland reports development of the Linux kernel may slow because Linus Torvalds is having to abandon a proprietary tool called BitKeeper, which he'd used since 2002 to keep on top of things.
A partner in IBM's venture capital arm, Juan-Antonio Carballo, says aspects of the open source model are now migrating to hardware. (The picture is from the IEEE workshop where he made his statements.
Info-Tech Research Group reports Microsoft could lose as much as 10% of its mid-sized business customers?to Linux, in its best markets, over just the next three years.
Computer Associates wants to adapt Sun's?Common Development and Distribution License into an industry standard.
The Linux community is under attack again for the behavior of a few individuals. ZDNet UK talks to Laura DiDio, an analyst for the Yankee Group, who is complaining that she's been ridiculed and harassed by Linux users who don't like what she's had to say.
That is the heart of the argument Sun President Jonathan Schwartz made at the Open Source Business Conference this week. As reported by our own Stephen Shankland, because code used with GPL components must be released under the GPL, it imposes on its users a rather predatory obligation to disgorge all their IP back to the wealthiest nation in the world, the United States, where the GPL originated.
I suspect most readers of this blog hope the SCO Group gets thumped in its copyright suit with IBM. I'm on your side.
I think Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols may just have a point in his latest column.
Philip Howard of Bloor Research (right) says that if open source is strategic, it will benefit mainly the current players. Plus a change, plus c'est la mme chose, he writes.