With Mandriva and others rejecting Microsoft's Linux payoff deal, there is a lot of talk lately about Microsoft's new Patent Infringement Protection Plan and how it might not be the “you scratch our backs and we won't stab you in yours” plan that it was initially thought to be."Read more »
"A controversial update to the GNU GPL (General Public License) is set to be released Friday by the Free Software Foundation, a representative of the organization said on Tuesday."Read more »
The logo to the right is a lie. The term “open source,” by itself, is not the trademarked property of the Open Source Initiative or anyone else.Read more »
"Our current license is not OSI-approved, nor have we ever claimed it is. But it is open source."
Now, this is the same species of weasel wording as "undocumented immigrant." Putting it this way makes it sound like the license is fine, but just happens not to have been approved by those bearded elitists at OSI.
"First we had Novell jumping onboard with Microsoft, and then came a cooperative deal with Xandros. Now we have Linspire following the trend and I’m left wondering: should we be worried? Many of you may point out that it is merely a handful of companies, but I see this differently."Read more »
Asay had an interesting answer that he volunteered as a concept later in the call (fat lot of value I added). He suggested that in a future licensing scheme, companies that employ open source code internally could elect to contribute cash instead of open codeRead more »
The BBC has been accused of forcing people to use Microsoft operating systems and has been threatened with a complaint to the European Commission. The charge concerns the use of Microsoft technology in the corporation's forthcoming iPlayer.Read more »
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt require money to exist and to be spread. When Shane wrote about the economics of FUD he was not necessarily referring to one’s ability to buy FUD from Linux companies. As we looked closer, however, it became evident that Microsoft simply paid Linux distributors to insinuate that Linux requires legal protection.Read more »
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this, but there’s been a curious conflation of the ideas of the open standard OpenDocument format (ODF) and the concept of open source. Now there has long been confusion between open standards and open source, and that’s why I wrote the four part series last year that teased apart the two.Read more »
Sonty added that he thinks Microsoft "is lining up partners to go against" Red Hat and Ubuntu, which he sees as the company's biggest threats in the Linux camp. "The battle is just beginning," he wrote. "We don't know what is underneath the iceberg yet."
If you ask me, the title should be "They would love the community to be divided over Microsoft deals"
Sign petition: Say NO to the Microsoft Office format as an ISO standard.Microsoft is currently trying to make the ISO National Bodies believe that its Office Open XML (OOXML) format is a good standard. This website discusses why this broken proprietary standard should never be accepted by ISO.Read more »
What does Xandros get out of its recent deal with Microsoft? Well, for one thing, the well-known Linux desktop distributor will get Open XML/ODF translators for OpenOffice.
--- Sounds like FUD to me. What was stopping Xandros from using the converter before, since it's free software? [Merc]
Adding full read/write NTFS support to Linux has been a story of damaged reputations, data corruptions and human ingenuity! Now after 12 years in development, there is a full driver at last! Here is a brief tutorial how to make use of it.Read more »
While it would appear that all parties concerned with innovation would benefit from and cheer on the Peer-to-Patent Project, that’s not the case. Linux World has an interesting note from a fellow who realized that a peer-review examination process that does not kill a patent makes it stronger.Read more »