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Top 10 Amazon Cloud Challengers

Christine Burns | InfoWorld | August 30, 2013

Amazon may rule the roost for now, but these companies could take a big bite out of the cloud market Read More »

Top 10 FOSS Legal Stories in 2016

The year 2016 resulted in several important developments that affect the FOSS ecosystem. While they are not strictly "legal developments" they are important for the community. For one, Eben Moglen, the general counsel of the Free Software Foundation, stepped down. Eben has been a leader on FOSS legal issues since the late 1990s and has been critical to the success of the FOSS movement. The FOSS community owes him a huge debt of gratitude, and I expect that he will continue to be active in the FOSS community. The success of FOSS adoption was dramatically illustrated when Microsoft joined the Linux Foundation and summarized in the article, Open Source Won. So, Now What? in Wired magazine...

Top 10 Linux News Stories of 2016

They grow up so quickly. It's hard to believe that 25 years ago Linus Torvalds announced to the comp.os.minix Usenet group that he was "doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones." Since 1991, Linux has grown beyond even Torvalds' dreams. It's not a stretch to say that Linux is everywhere. Corporations large and small use Linux, and it powers computers, mobile devices, and connected hardware. Critical infrastructure relies on the stability and flexibility of Linux...

Top 10 Open Source Legal Developments in 2015

In 2015 there were a variety of legal issues of importance to the FOSS (free and open source) community. Continuing the tradition of looking back over the top ten legal developments in FOSS, my selection of the top ten issues for 2015 is as follows:

  1. Settlement of Versata cases interpreting General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)
  2. First decision interpreting General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  3. Linux programmer sues VMware for violation of GPLv2 for Linux
  4. Community GPL compliance
  5. European Commission antitrust investigation of Google and its Android operating System (Android OS)...

Top 9 Benefits Of Open Sourcing Your Proprietary Medtech Source Code

Shahid Shah | MED Device Online | November 20, 2014

...While the use of OSS in medical device designs is growing, the opportunity to share that device software with others is something very few medical device companies have really considered...

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Tractor Owners Using Pirated Firmware To Dodge John Deere's Ham-Fisted Attempt To Monopolize Repair

Karl Bode | Tech Dirt | March 29, 2017

We've been noting for a while how numerous states have been pushing so-called "right to repair" bills, which would make it easier for consumers to repair their own products and find replacement parts and tools. Not surprisingly, many tech companies have been working overtime to kill these bills. That includes Apple, which recently proclaimed that Nebraska's right to repair bill would turn the state into a nefarious playground for hackers. Opposition also includes Sony and Microsoft, which both tend to enjoy a repair monopoly on their respective video game consoles...

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Trentino joins Italy's open source alliance

Philip Willan | PC Advisor | July 20, 2012

The Autonomous Province of Trentino - Alto Adige this week joined the ranks of Italian regional administrations that are turning their backs on proprietary software in favor of free and open source alternatives...New law affects the software choices of some 15,000 public offices in the region...

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Twitter Breaks Rank, Threatens To Fight NSA Gag Orders

Brendan Sasso | Nextgov | February 6, 2014

Twitter threatened to launch a legal battle with the Obama administration on Thursday over gag orders that prevent it from disclosing information about surveillance of its users. Read More »

Uganda Adopts Free And Open Source Software For E-Governance

Hillary Muheebwa | Intellectual Property Watch | December 19, 2014

The population in Uganda has been growing rapidly. The country now has 35 million people. In order to provide quality services to its citizens and to improve the national competitiveness through administration innovation, the government has adopted free and open source software as the preferred mode of operation for electronic government (e-government) services and platforms. Read More »

UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice

Silviu Stahie | Softpedia | October 20, 2015

The UK Government is looking to shed its dependency on proprietary software and entered into a new commercial deal with an open source software company Collabora Productivity that adapts LibreOffice for the use in enterprise environments. GovOffice is the name of the LibreOffice suite for the public sector, and it's actually more than just a simple adoption.

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Under The Surface, Microsoft's ARM Tablet Is A Terrible Mistake

A.T. Faust III | AppAdvice.com | July 3, 2012

Unhappy with Microsoft’s intended release of a direct hardware competitor, HP has reportedly withdrawn its support for the Windows on ARM RT (or “WART”) platform. The sages at SemiAccurate acerbically explain the whole ugly affair: "…Microsoft just unveiled one of the largest and most unethical industrial espionage campaigns of the last few decades, so it is no surprise that everyone is jumping ship."...

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UPDATE 1-Apple, Google, Dozens Of Others Urge U.S. Surveillance Disclosures

Staff Writer | Reuters | July 19, 2013

Dozens of companies, non-profits and trade organizations including Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc sent a letter on Thursday pushing the Obama administration and Congress for more disclosures on the government's national security-related requests for user data. Read More »

US Government Office Of The National Coordinator For Health Information Technology (ONC) Joins the OpenID Foundation

Mike Leszcz | OpenID | August 21, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has joined the OpenID Foundation (OIDF). ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and utilize the most advanced health information technology for the electronic exchange of health information...

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US Judge Criticises the Patent System

Staff Writer | The H | July 6, 2012

Richard Posner, a judge for the 7th US Circuit of Appeals in Chicago, has publicly criticised the patent system as it applies to the technology industry. In his opinion, the current behaviour of technology companies when it comes to patents is unacceptable. Read More »

VA Awards Contract For Mobile Device Management, Apps Store

Jared Serbu | Federal News Radio | October 3, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a long-awaited contract to build a system that will manage a stable of mobile devices officials hope will eventually grow to 100,000 handhelds and tablets. Read More »