Free Software Licensing¶
A short and good example of the licensing problems of Java (and GPLv2). The author explains the TCK trap and concludes that by forking OpenJDK you would either infringe on patents (which are not granted to you by GPLv2) or by safe-guarding yourself and your users from patent infringement, violate GPLv2.
Free Software Business¶
Interesting analysis why Symbian's community has not evolved and flourished as e.g. Eclipse's or KDE's have.
Additional to that Nokia seems to have just closed Symbian and admits it is not Free Sofware anymore.
Several theories arise how Red Hat was able to raise 1 giga USD.
Last month many – including major Android stakeholders, including LG, Samsung and Toshiba – have heavily criticised Google's decision to keep the code of Android, version Honeycomb, closed. Now that Android's chief has responded to those critiques, Ars Technica thinks he is missing the point.
With Oracle's recent press release that it will stop the commercial fork of OpenOffice.org, stop dual-licensing and leave it all to the community, some questions arise of what that really means. There is an argument that it is just basically giving up due to the fact that most of the community has forked to LibreOffice. Let's wait and see what will come out of this – will Oracle transfer the OOo trademark to the LibreOffice community, will the two merge, will they compete?
Glyn Moody analyses the latest Microsoft's patent litigation battle against Android and puts it into MS' historic background.
Google tries to acquire Nortel's patent portfolio and at the same time calls for a a "real patent reform".
Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms¶
Another copyright term extension is brewing (in EU). Personally I think it's the wrong idea, and it seems I'm not the only one.
Online outrage arises that controversially the former Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs at IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry] Maria Martin-Prat is said to succeed Tilman Lueder as head of Directorate unit D1 at the European Commission, responsible for copyright policy.
Government and Free Software Policies¶
UK Government has a new ICT strategy, that seems to finally take Free Software and open standards more seriously.
Document Freedom Day has just finished and shortly thereafter some quite nice news arise from both governments (see above) and standardisation (see just below).
ODF [Open Document Format] version 1.2 is finished and approved as Committee Specification. Next step is that OASIS approves as the new version of the standard; and after that the update of the ISO/IEC 26300 international standard. ODF 1.2 includes additional accessibility features, RDF-based metadata, a spreadsheet formula specification based on OpenFormula, support for digital signatures and some features suggested by the public.
Other interesting links¶
Some might have heard it already … Now that the battle against SCO is already over, Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on 16. V. 2011. Needless to say, this is a great loss and PJ's and the rest of the team's work will be missed.
Red Hat develops Ceylon – a new programming language that might replace Java in the enterprise environment.
Glyn Moody writes about the catch-22 absurdity of the Swiss court decision that a Microsoft-only public tender was OK, since they didn't know about any competition.
Some interesting topics in this month's EDRiGram: Czech Constitutional Court rejects data retention legislation; EDRi responds to IPR Enforcement consultation; EDPS criticizes the EU PNR scheme; Ten Internet Rights & Principles for Human Rights and Social Justice; Judicial Review of the Digital Economy Act; German Internet blocking law to be withdrawn.
hook out → finally finished with this edition!