Open Sources, Episode 3: Learning to love patent trolls

The second edition of Open Sources Podcast hits the airwaves, and this one actually has some useful information in it.

Dave Rosenberg and I recorded Episode 3 of Open Sources. Zack Urlocker was on the call, but couldn't get the microphone on his headset working, so let's just say you never hear him on the podcast.

That doesn't stop us, however, from talking about Sun and, most interestingly, Intellectual Ventures. Dave provides some real insight into how it operates, and the positive things that can come from an all-consuming patent troll. Well worth a listen for that reason alone.

We also smack around those in the open-source community that contribute bile, not code, and argue that support-based business models simply aren't enough.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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