Link roundup to February 26

  • 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.
Comments:

I don't think it's fair to frame MS's patent dispute with TomTom as an MS vs OSS thing. A majority of the claims relate to TomToms proprietary application that runs atop of Linux. MS has just thrown any patent it thought might stick at them in addition to the core patents around satnav. I'm looking forward to a clearer picture as this is reported in greater depth.

Posted by Che Kristo on February 25, 2009 at 08:51 PM PST #

Che: You could be right, but "nibbling round the edges" to build precedent is a well-known tactic in patent conflicts, and tossing in claims against the (very well-established and necessary for interoperability) technique for munging long filenames is a classic play. I've learned that giving Microsoft the benefit of the doubt is rarely rewarding.

Posted by Simon Phipps on February 25, 2009 at 09:54 PM PST #

Wow is it time for another Open Solaris election? Has expanding the term to two years ever been discussed? Just curious.

Posted by Barton George on February 26, 2009 at 01:57 AM PST #

Simon: Lets hope not. At least, this could put to test the Open Invention Networks model for protecting Linux against patent litigators. Maybe I shouldn't apply the old seventy times seven forgiveness to our friends at Microsoft :-)

Posted by Ché Kristo on February 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM PST #

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