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When will Microsoft admit the truth about software patents?

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.

Thu Aug 13 05:40:12 PDT 2009

Will all the good open source companies be acquired?

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) [...]

Wed Aug 12 13:44:25 PDT 2009

If you have a proprietary partner is it still open source?

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?

Wed Aug 12 05:55:47 PDT 2009

Open source living on VC time

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 [...]

Tue Aug 11 06:32:18 PDT 2009

xTuple 3.3 open source ERP debuts

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, [...]

Tue Aug 11 05:19:53 PDT 2009

Cutting out for Cloudera just in time

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.

Tue Aug 11 05:04:24 PDT 2009

Microsoft still pushing a standards tax

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.

Mon Aug 10 05:20:47 PDT 2009

What Asus wants in a Linux

Dana Blankenhorn: Linux' only hope in cracking the Taiwanese netbook market is with a Linux whose owner is willing to pony up the big bucks for both pre-sales and post-sales support.

Sat Aug 08 06:06:23 PDT 2009

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