Weblog Entries: Open Source

Mapping the Internet

Opte.org has recently completed an interesting project to map the TCP address layer of the internet. Some 4 294 967 296 (232 for the non-savants) addresses exist, and the project has used some clever reduction techniques (and approximations) to reduce the relevant nodes by 8 orders of magnitude, allowing them to render the image in a mere 2 hours (as compared with several months using previous techniques)!  Read more »

Get The 'Facts' On Linux

In a clear admission that Linux poses a significant threat to Microsoft's corporate supremacy, a new anti-Linux campaign (which, confusingly, is titled "Get the Facts on Windows and Linux�) will do its best to extol the virtues of Microsoft software at the expense of the many free alternatives.

The three major issues on which the campaign focuses are HR costs, operation costs, and speed of development:  Read more »

Scotland Yard Ditches Open Source Software in Favour of Microsoft Office

‘The Central Scotland Police is removing Sun Microsystems Inc’s StarOffice productivity software from about 400 PCs and switching to Microsoft Corp’s Office System, citing lower maintenance costs and the need to interoperate more smoothly with other departments running Windows.  Read more »

Insurance Policy to Cover IP Infringement in Open Source

Lloyd's of London is close to offering independent insurance protection worldwide against potential IP litigation involving Linux and open source software. The financial services giant has agreed to take on the risk associated with open source, and is finalising arrangements to work through Open Source Risk Management ('OSRM') who will become Lloyd's sole US representative.

Originally by The Register - Software, 2:31 PM  Read more »

Massachusetts Proposes Open Format

Massachusetts has proposed requiring that all state documents and presentations be output in Open Document format, a move that could lead state employees to largely abandon Microsoft Office.

Originally by WSJ.com: What's News Technology, 11:37 AM

Thirteen nations push for open standards

The New York Times has a piece about a report presented to the World Bank in which officials from 13 countries urge other nations to embrace open IT standards because they can provide "a vital step to accelerate economic growth, efficiency and innovation." The initiative was spearheaded by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. Among the 13 nations currently involved are Brazil, China, Denmark, India, Jordan and Thailand, and others.  Read more »

The GPL Impedes Linux More Than It Helps?

Anonymous Coward writes "Linux ought to be even more successful than it is. On ZDNet, Paul Murphy ponders the reasons why. For one thing: The GPL impedes Linux more than it helps. Licensing issues, coupled with patent and copyright FUD, have caused developers and VCs to think twice before committing to Linux.  Read more »

Linux marches on Microsoft in NSW

IBM and Novell's inking of contracts to formally become members of the NSW government's Linux and open source panel should finally start delivering some real competition in state procurement.

Originally by Commentary | ZDNet.com.au, 10:56 AM

Cisco sued for GPL copyright infringement

The Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) has commenced proceedings against Cisco Systems Inc, alleging copyright infringement. The plaintiff argues that Cisco distributed software subject to the General Public License (GPL) without meeting the terms of the popular open source licence. Specifically, FSF alleges that Cisco’s subsidiary Linksys sold networking products containing GPL software without making available the source code to end users, or disclosing the inclusion of embedded GPL code. The suit will probably settle soon:

“Cisco is a strong supporter of open source software. Cisco takes its open source software obligations and responsibilities seriously and is disappointed that a suit has been filed by the Free Software Foundation related to our work with them in our Linksys Division,” said the spokesperson. “We are currently reviewing the issues raised in the suit but believe we are substantially in compliance. We have always worked very closely with the FSF and hope to reach a resolution agreeable to the company and the foundation.”