Dana Blankenhorn: Microsoft does not need major changes to patent law in order to make this nightmare end. Despite the adjustments made by in re Bilski, the problem remains what it has been for a decade. Software patents are more trouble than they are worth.
Paula Rooney: Another one bites the dust. Add SpringSource to the expanding list of independent open source companies that have been gobbled up by proprietary software giants. Let’s consider the growing list: IBM’s purchase of Gluecode, Novell’s purchase of SUSE, Citrix’s XenSource deal, Nokia’s Trolltech buy, Sun’s purchase of MySQL, Oracle’s purchase of Sun (and hence MySQL and OpenOffice) [...]
Dana Blankenhorn: Does this offering make sense from an open source perspective? Is this the future of open source business collaboration? Are hybrids the way to go in the cloud as well as on the road?
Dana Blankenhorn: The acquisition of SpringSource by VMWare, combined with Friendfeed’s acquisition by Facebook, clears the decks for Benchmark Capital to make new investments. Kudos to the venture capital (VC) firm’s general partner Peter Fenton, who shepherded both success stories through the venture capital process. The price on the deal, $362 million plus the assumption of debt, is curiously [...]
Paula Rooney: xTuple is making its open source ERP platform more sophisticated and easier to use. The xTuple 3.3 release, which was announced today at the start of OpenSource World, offers support for international taxation and distribution requirements planning as well as numerous usability improvements. “We’re stretching in both directions,” said Ned Lilly, President and CEO of the Norfolk, [...]
Dana Blankenhorn: It's a well-considered, mature move from a well-considered, mature man. Cutting has been involved in search technology for over two decades, since long before the Web was spun. He was a whiz kid. Now he's a wise man.
Dana Blankenhorn: If a standard includes "IP restrictions" of any sort, especially royalties (no matter how reasonable or necessary you consider them) you're imposing a tax on all users for your invention.