Open Source / GPL
"Your campaign promised Australia a world-class education system, with an emphasis on "digital schools" and a computer for every child in Years 9 to 12. I laud your vision and extend my support and best wishes towards its successful implementation.
I must however caution that to bureaucrats who haven't kept up to date with the latest developments in the computer industry, implementing your policy may seem to mean nothing more complicated than signing a multi-million dollar agreement with Microsoft, but there is a far more efficient use of taxpayers' money."
Open source management software has become a viable alternative to commercial products, and a recent rash of partnerships proves it, one analyst says.
Steve Bale, general manager of EnterpriseDB International, discusses the amalgam of open source and private enterprise and the new opportunities this trend offers VARs.
When the city of Madera, Calif., needed a new voice system, it turned to open source technology -- not just for the IP telephony but for an entire network-infrastructure overhaul and loads of other functions. All the renovations cost less than half the estimated price of deploying a commercial VoIP system alone. This smart, budget-wise use of open source across the network wins the city a 2007 Enterprise All-Star Award.
The embedded Linux on the Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n motherboard has just had its source code released and bit-tech has talked to Asus and the guys that make it to find out what they expect this will mean for future products. Will the dev community jump on board? What about boards that play music and video and boot in 2 seconds?
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) published the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (GNU AGPLv3). This is a new license; it is based on version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPLv3), but has an additional term to allow users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source for that program. By publishing this license, the FSF aims to foster user and development communities around network-oriented free 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."
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.