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Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 12

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the week of March 23rd to 29th, 2008.

This Week

  • Alolita Sharma, Andrew C. Oliver and I sent the draft infrastructure RFP to the board for review.
  • Worked with the rest of the OSI team on developing the affiliate/membership/somethingship program.

Next Week

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.

Microsoft needs to blush

OOXML needs to die. It's clear that OOXML is a faux standard -- not because it's a vendor standard. There are lots of vendor-created standards which are real standards (e.g. PostScript). No, OOXML is a botch because it's expressed in terms of an undocumented Microsoft graphics library. OOXML is all "and then a miracle occurs". You've seen that cartoon, right?


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