Open Source / GPL

Open Source Software Will Grow 26% to Reach $5.8 Billion by 2011

The market for standalone open source software (OSS) is in a significant growth stage, a new study from IDC reveals. Adoption of OSS will accelerate over the forecast period of 2007 through 2011 as barriers to adoption get knocked down. Growth in revenue, however, will lag behind the growth in distribution of open source software.

Open source software makes the invisible man

A University of Liverpool mathematician claims 30-year-old open source software has cracked the equation that will allow scientists to make objects - such as humans, tanks or even entire islands - invisible.

Eben Moglen: GPLv3 not about MS and Novell

"One of the highlights of my visit to San Diego for the Red Hat Summit was the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Professor Eben Moglen. From that interview, we have selected six segments on various topics for your viewing pleasure, and will be publishing one each day this week. First up, an explanation of all the things that GPLv3 is about other than the MS/Novell deal."

Open Source vs Affordable Indie 3D Game Engines?

"Lately I have been investigating 3D game engines. I was mostly paying attention to open source engines like Ogre3d, Irrlicht, Crystal Space 3D, and the like. Then I found out about cheap Indie licenses for commercial game engines like Torque Game Engine, Torque Game Engine Advanced and the C4 Engine. Should I start with an indie engine and switch later if open source catches up?"

Open Source Vision Correction

Back in the days when evangelizing Linux and open source was still exciting, I almost got lynched for a simple statement at a Linux conference. The statement: “Linux will only be important when no one cares“.

Open source outlook pondered

Dignitaries from the open source arena pondered the paradigm's future at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, anticipating even greater ubiquity.

Gartner: Software Users Must Fight for Open Source

Vendors increasingly want to tweak the meaning of open source to include, for example, attribution licensing, which says the user can modify and redistribute the software, and make derivative versions based on it only if they give the author credit," said Gartner analyst Brian Prentice.

Gartner joins squabble over definition of open source

Gartner today joined squabbling by vendors over the meaning, purpose and spirit of open source by declaring that users demand the right to modify and redistribute software code and the resulting products.