Free Software Business¶
More aftermath regarding Qt after Nokia's recent decision to pair up with Microsoft.
Google and Microsoft joint forces and sued GeoTag in order to invalidate a patent relating to geolocation.
- the Inquirer: Google and Microsoft set the legal hounds on Geotag
- FOSS Patents: Microsoft and Google jointly sue GeoTag Inc. in order to invalidate a patent asserted against more then 300 entities
- Ars Technica: Google and Microsoft team up to battle geotagging patent troll
Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms¶
JURI, the Legal Affairs Committee in the European Parliament voted to introduce an exception to the copyright monopoly to benefit the public at large. It is said to be the first limitation of copyright monopoly in decades. This is just a first step, but at least it is one!
- Christian Engström: Books for the blind in JURI: Win!
- Falkvinge: An Important Dent In The Copyright Monopoly
Irish Minister for Enterprise Mary Hanafin quashed rumours that she was planning to rush through a statutory instrument relating to copyright issues before leaving office.
Government and Free Software Policies¶
Short-ish article about what's wrong with IT procurement in governments and some first-hand reports of vendor lock-in problems with Microsoft.
The UK government seems to finally get it and decides to use truly open standards and the NHS has some good plans about adopting Free Software.
- Computer World UK: True Open Standards; Open Source Next
- ConsortiumInfo.org: U.K. Comes out for Royalty-Free Standards for Government Procurement
- FSFE: FSFE welcomes paper calling for Free Software in the NHS
At the same time BSA lobbies in UK against using open standards, claiming it will cost the state more, reduce choice and hinder innovation.
- ZDnet: BSA: Open standards will 'increase e-government costs'
- TechRights: BSA is Lobbying (and Lying) to Exclude Software Freedom From the British Public Sector
- Rob Weir: The BSA’s New Candlemakers
Khronos Group today released the final specification for WebGL, a specification that brings OpenGL hardware-accelerated graphics to the web browser.
- the Inquirer: Final WebGL 1.0 specification released
- the Next Web: WebGL finalized, brings hardware-accelerated 3D to the browser
Other interesting links¶
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