What to Protect in Open Source Software

"I found a brief blog by Marc Fleury on something that seems to almost be an oxymoron — what you need to legally protect in Open Source Software. The short of it is that you should trademark your name and brand it. Which might explain Xen's stance on the use of the brand 'Xen'. Another short blog notes that you should also maintain control of your distribution channels. Fleury also states this interesting tidbit on protecting intellectual property in OSS, 'Short of filing patents, there isn't much you can do in OSS."

LinuxCertified Announces its Linux System and Network Administration BootCamp

LinuxCertified,Inc. a leading provider of Linux training, will offer weekend Linux system administration bootcamp on December 1st - 2nd, 2007 in South Bay(CA). This workshop is designed for busy information technology professionals and is designed to cover the most important Linux administration areas.

Some Linux Audio Updates And Expansions

"In this week's article I'll bring you up-to-date on what's happening with some of the many exciting developments in the world of Linux audio software, with recent news regarding the JOST plugin host, the Audacity soundfile editor, and the new LV2 native Linux plugin standard."

Two new alleged license violations against Busybox

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has filed another two cases on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley against High Gain Antennas, LLC of Parker, Calif., and Xterasys Corp. of City of Industry, Calif. The cases follow a similar case against Monsoon Multimedia, which was recently settled out of court.

ATI Catalyst Linux 7.11 Released

The new ATI/AMD drivers are out. With 2.6.23 support, the Linux drivers now follow the same version scheme as the Windows ones.

More progress for ODF

The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance is highlighting today more forward progress for ODF. The public sectors in the Netherlands, South Africa and Korea have all recently taken steps to promote ODF as a standard for document exchange. Membership in the ODF Alliance, which was formed in early 2006 to promote the use of ODF in governments, is nearing the 500 mark, a pretty strong endorsement of the idea of open, standards based computing.

SCO Withdraws Asset Sale Motion

SCO has withdrawn its motion, the "emergency" motion, to sell its assets. No reason given. Maybe all the peals of laughter from the IBM and Novell attorneys at the hearing?

Open Source Java Turns One

On the 13th November 2006 Sun announced its decision to begin the process of open sourcing Java SE and ME under the GPL v.2. The decision was broadly welcomed, although Sun did lose two senior executives who cited the open source policy as their main reason for departing. Vice President and senior Fellow Graham Hamilton, who had helped create the JCP and led the Java SE team for a while, left within weeks of the announcement. More recently Larry Singer, Vice President of Global Information Systems Strategy, left and again cited Sun's open source strategy as a significant factor.