We just keep going further down the rabbit hole, and the lawyers haven't even started discussions yet. I'm referring, of course, to NetApp's patent infringement lawsuit against Sun, which Sun has dismissed as "factually incorrect" and, interestingly, driven by fear of open source. ZDNet posted this from Sun:NetApp's legal attack against Sun's open source ZFS solution which is freely available in the marketplace is a clear indication that NetApp considers Sun technology a threat, and is a direct attack on the open source community.… Read more
It's official. GPLv3 is "open source." The Open Source Iniative (OSI) formally announced it today.
Now, most of you (like I, frankly) didn't think this was ever seriously in doubt. But the license took some heat at times on license-discuss, and needed to undergo the same process that every other truly open-source license must go through.
The community is better for this scrutiny. There are things about the process that undoubtedly need improvement. But at least a process exists, which is much more than one can say for the proprietary world. Try finding any sort of … Read more
And to think I was an English Literature major at university and always prided myself on my command of syntax. But I admit that this 21st Century is confusing me. First, Bill Clinton redefined the meaning of the word "is." Now, Oracle is redefining the meaning of the phrase "fully compatible."
Oracle has repeatedly beat the drum that its Unbreakable Linux (Now called Oracle Enterprise Linux, apparently in an attempt to make people associate it even more with RHEL) is "100% compatible" with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In fact, it can't stop regurgitating the assertion:… Read more
It's fascinating to see how blogs are being used these days.
On Wednesday, Dave Hitz, co-founder of NetApp, used his blog to explicate the company's reasons for suing Sun Microsystems over ZFS patent infringement. On Thursday, Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, fired back using his own blog, telling a very different story from Hitz's.
And, when I asked NetApp to respond to why it had chosen to respond to Sun now, rather than when Sun announced it was open-sourcing ZFS, Hitz replied...in a comment to my blog.
This is a very new world we live in. It's also one that Schwartz is convinced open source will win, as he suggests (in his blog):… Read more
I just read Glyn Moody's post on the importance of open data and, increasingly, open source, in science. Good science requires good data--data available to any who want to replicate another's results and ensure that true science is going on, not pseudo-science.
Marry that to Tim O'Reilly's insistence that data, not code, is the new lock-in (and cross that with my own declaration that Microsoft's new platform for lock-in is Sharepoint, not Office), and you end up with what I think is an implicit, urgent need in open source today:
The need to ensure data remains free/open.… Read more
Ashlee Vance over at The Register has a nice profile of Mark Radcliffe, partner at DLA Piper and one of the top legal minds in open source, if not the top legal mind. Mark is a friend and colleague at the Open Source Initiative, and deserves the attention.
Despite his influence over commercial open source, few know just how deeply involved he has been. The Register, however, captures his influence succinctly:… Read more
The slides to both are available at the links above, and are well worth a look.
Also, I have the audio for Jason's - if you have the means to stream it, please let me know. (At 50MB, it's probably too big to set up as a download.)
We do not...agree with Microsoft's characterization of the situation involving GPLv3. Microsoft cannot by any act of anticipatory repudiation divest itself of its obligation to respect others' copyrights. If Microsoft distributes our works licensed under GPLv3, or pays others to distribute them on its behalf, it is bound to do so under the terms of that license. It may not do so under any other terms; it cannot declare itself exempt from the requirements of GPLv3.… Read more
That's the word I thought of when I read this article on how open-source license proliferation threatens adoption of open source in the enterprise. I stopped thinking of license proliferation as a serious threat to open source back in 2004 when the Open Source Initiative last beat this drum. Since then it has been very clear that license proliferation is a minor threat at best.
The analyst Saugatuck disagrees:… Read more
Why would anyone steal free software? Hint: it's not about the price, it's about the freedom. Some downstream users want their software with no obligations attached. In other words, they want someone else's cake, and they want to eat it, too.
Selfish, greedy, naughty people.
But now there's apparently a way to detect and prove GPL violations, as reported on Slashdot. The technique is called birthmarking, and while the academic paper [PDF] calls for birthmarking Java, the same technique is generalizable to other languages.
Here's how it works:… Read more