Open Source / GPL

Open-Xchange Unveils Community Project To Build Collaboration Suite

Open-Xchange Inc., the leading provider of open source collaboration software, today announced the opening of the Open-Xchange Community project and the availability of source code and development documentation for its latest AJAX-based email and groupware technology.

Management 'scared' by open source

EclipseCon Fear is stalking the corridors of corporate power, as executives sweat over the legal exposure caused by developers using open source software.

And the suits are resorting to play-it-safe legal advice and draconian management techniques in a vain attempt to stop open source crossing their frontier. Tactics include blocking popular sites like SourceForge and banning use of USB drives.

Management 'scared' by open source

EclipseCon Fear is stalking the corridors of corporate power, as executives sweat over the legal exposure caused by developers using open source software.

And the suits are resorting to play-it-safe legal advice and draconian management techniques in a vain attempt to stop open source crossing their frontier. Tactics include blocking popular sites like SourceForge and banning use of USB drives.

Open source becomes political wedge issue

Last year, in Massachusetts, we saw open source being used as a political football. But the underlying issue in that case was technological, the state's adoption of ODF as a standard format.

City of San Francisco Plots its Urban Forest Using Open Source Mapping Technology

The City and County of San Francisco today announced the development and launch of a
city-wide, dynamic online map of the city's growing number of trees. Autodesk, Inc. , through the Mayor's Office of City Greening, worked together with the City's Bureau of Urban Forestry (BUF) and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), a local San Francisco non-profit organization, to develop this Urban Forest Mapping System, which will serve as a central dynamic resource where San Francisco residents, community groups and city employees can update and share information about new or existing street trees that form part of the city's urban forest.

Tories want open source Whitehall

The European government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, the shadow chancellor has estimated.

Money Can't Buy An Open Source Community

As a small start-up, Interface21 has developed a large, loyal community around the Spring Framework and Spring Portfolio projects. Venture capitalists have invested millions in open source companies and large vendors like IBM and BEA have spent millions of dollars attempting to crank up their marketing machines around their open source projects. In general, these efforts have not resulted in successful communities. In this presentation, we will explore the characteristics that all successful open source communities share as well as unsuccessful open source projects and how these characteristics are changing over time.

Legally Speaking: What GPLv3 Means for the Microsoft-Novell Pact

With Antoinette (Toni) Tease, a registered patent attorney who practices in the areas of intellectual property and technology law. She currently serves as chair of the information technology (IT) division of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law section. Ms. Tease spoke to us regarding this article about the Free Software Foundation's efforts to prevent future agreements like that recently struck between Microsoft and Novell.