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Damn disheartening news from OLPC

The subtitle of this Computer World report quotes Nicholas Negroponte as saying that insitence on Open Source scares people away.

Boggle.

Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 13/14

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the weeks of March 30th to April 5th and April 6th to 12th, 2008.

These Weeks

  • Light OSI community service work (mostly answering private queries on mailing lists, discussing OSI issues at Go Open, etc.)
  • Dropped the ball on the RfP - just got too busy.
  • Keynote at Go Open in Oslo, Norway

Next Week

Study: ~50% of Norwegian Software Vendors Integrate FOSS Components

... based on an extensive screening of software companies, with more than 700 responses.

Analysis shows that close to 50% of the software industry integrate OSS components into vertical solutions serving all major business sectors.

In addition, more than 30% of the companies using OSS components have over 40% of their income from OSS related services or software.

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Gartner groks CATB; Enderle next?

In 1997, Eric Raymond first presented The Cathedral and the Bazaar at Linux Kongress. I was not there, but I read the paper, and it struck me as no less revolutionary in thought or effect than must have been Thomas Paine's publication of Common Sense or Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Support Libre Graphics 2008!

In my day job at Red Hat I see daily examples of open source best practices, be it at the architecture, infrastructure, or application level.

Congrats to Michael Tiemann

I wanted to give a quick shout out to our President, who was just listed as one of eWeek's Top Ten Open-Source Business Influencers. Wish they could've gotten a better picture, though...

Microsoft's new weapon against open source: stupidity

An Information Week article published last week appears to position Microsoft as trying to do something right when it comes to open source. And it positions the open source community as being not quite ready to make nice after past insults, threats, and abuse.

Patent owners and Open Source

Are you a patent holder, wondering how to write software which implements your patent? Here's my advice: Patents expire. Towards the end of the patent's lifetime, you want to be trying to transfer the patent's franchise over to the relationship between the patent-holder and the licensee. That can be done with closed-source software, but you risk competitors writing their own software. With Open Source software, as long as you manage the relationship with the user correctly, you end up with a franchise.

OSI supports ODF and Document Freedom Day

March 26 is Document Freedom Day (DFD). On March 26th, events and activities across the world will be held to promote adoption of free document formats such as the Open Document Format (ODF).

For any individual or organization, anywhere in the world, the right to share data without "lock-in" from vendors is as fundamental as the right to knowledge. Open standards and free document formats are integral to protecting this right for everyone.

Matt Asay is Right

This is the text of a comment I made on a blog posting by Matt Asay:

Matt,

Thanks for saying what I would have said. I'll go a few steps futher:

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