There should be a better outcome. Should the deal emerge, regulators should insist what IBM itself called for more than 10 years ago. Something as important as Java and other critical open software specifications (OpenSolaris?) should be in the control and ownership of a neutral standards body, not in the control of the global market dominant legacy vendor.
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Google's membership of the Open Invention Network will see it agree to cross-license open source-related patents to other members for free
I know that developers and architects and operators and CIOs would rather not deal with fine print on code intellectual property issues ad nauseam, but this is just too impactful for the contemporary and future use of software not to be studied and tracked very carefully. So follow Simon's lead and put GPL v3 on your radar of interest and keep it there. End users, after all, have the most to gain from standardized and accepted approaches to open source software development and use -- especially in mixed environments with commercial code.
Big Blue, a major Linux fan, bashes top rival Sun's effort to make its Unix an open-source operating system.
Stephen Shankland reports on remarks by Dan Frye, the IBM executive in charge of its Linux Technology Center. Frye characterized OpenSolaris as an open source facade, with Sun not sharing control of it with outsiders.
In his latest blog, Sun COO and president Jonathan Schwartz takes a shot at Dell and then gets down to GPL3 business: With that volume building, you've no doubt seen that HP has joined ranks with IBM to support Solaris on their x64 platforms - creating even more options, and leaving only one tier 1 vendor (based in Texas, rhymes with swell) without a committed Solaris support plan....
OpenSolaris throws open the doors to Sun's temple, but would-be worshippers still have to renounce the Gnu. Widespread conversion is not on the cards
Software patents impose clumsy restrictions that prevent much good. Without reform, that may be fatal
Sun's anti-climactic announcement Tuesday (they could take a few lessons from Apple here) for DTrace and the OpenSolaris release contained one minor surprise -- Sun's offer of 1,600 patents for use by the open source community, or at least those who are using OpenSolaris and Sun's CDDL. While it's nice to see Sun and IBM trying to out-nice each other to prove their commitment to open source, the main problem remains: Software patents are an inherent threat to software innovation.
The networking company claims it may follow IBM's lead and commit to a wholesale internal rollout of desktop Linux
The SCO Group's argument that the GNU General Public License is invalid would also mean Microsoft is breaking the law, according to the Free Software Foundation
SCO's strategy for its lawsuit against IBM could destroy the legal foundation of Linux and related software
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