You know the patent system has gotten bad when a company holding 4,500 patents is calling for patent reform. According to the piece in InfoWorld, Microsoft is calling for patent reform in the United States.
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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Wind River has continued its move toward open source, joining Eclipse and even contributing to SourceForge. I think this is big news, and not just because yet-another proprietary software outfit is dipping its toe in the open source water.
Is the Open Source Initiative work of reforming open source licensing stalling? That's one possible conclusion from word they now have their third president in three months, as originally reported by our own David Berlind.
The Parrot team has announced the release of Parrot 0.12.
What the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) needs right now is a little PR help. So start spreading the GNUs.
The biggest threat to free software may be Moore's Law. That's because while it's easy to get free applications and free operating systems, you can't get a free BIOS.
Wondering about the status of Debian "Sarge," otherwise known as the next stable release of Debian? Andreas Barth has posted an update for the next Debian installer release candidate (RC3), which also gives some clue as to when Sarge might finally show up for duty.
Late last year we identified a trend of second-tier application vendors making their products open source.The trend for 2005 is for major applications to tiptoe into this water, looking for competitive advantage with limited releases of source code.
Who is the leader of the open source movement? Does it matter?
New Scientist reports that a German teen,Nils Schneider, has managed to get Linux working on his iPod by using sound.Herr Schneidersays Bernard Leach, a UK software engineer who helped set up the so-called iPod Linux project, worked out how to control the piezoelectric component within the iPod, which clicks when you load songs.