Link roundup to February 26
By webmink on Feb 25, 2009
- 2009 Elections at OpenSolaris.org
Take a good look at the dates, then consider if you should be a candidate. And please read the new, simplified Constitution and send in corrections ahead of the submission date on Friday.
- U.S. Supreme Court hands Rambus a win
This is a very significant case in the world of open standards. While most standards bodies have updated their rules to avoid being gamed by the likes of Rambus again, this failure to tackle patent abuse head-on is bad news for everyone apart from the patent trolls and submariners. Strike another star from "open standards" as a useful validator.
- Government levels the playing field for Open Source
The UK government's press release on their announcement is a bit disingenuous - the 2004 policy resulted in little government adoption because the procurement model is still broken, and their prime example - the NHS - is apparently Microsoft's biggest customer despite small patches of FOSS. This policy needs to drive real change or it's a bust. But it's a huge improvement and a very positive sign.
- HP and Sun Sign Solaris on ProLiant Distribution and Support Deal
Solaris continues its come-back. This means the OpenSolaris community is now influencing all the main Unix hardware vendors.
- Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux and other patent claims
This would explain the (now clearly hollow) charm offensive with the open source community.