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451 CAOS Links 2009.09.29Matthew Aslett, September 29, 2009 @ 2:14 pm ET
Winning and losing with open source. Paranoid Android. And more.
Winning and losing
Matt Asay stirred things up with his declaration that free software has lost and open source has won. Responding to Matt Asay, Glyn Moody argued that without free software, open source would lose its meaning, while Mark Stone explained that free versus open source is not black and white – it’s more complex than that.
Matt Asay later declared open source the winner again, this time as a platform.
Linux Magazine reported on Google’s cease & desist letter to an Android developer. The move prompted the formation of the Open Android Alliance to replace proprietary applications included in OEM Android installations with open source alternatives.
Best of the rest
# OSnews published The Difference Between EULAs and Open Source Licenses. An important distinction that is often not made.
# Talend acquired Amalto’s master data management software.
# Michael Tiemann published a preview of his speech on open source and the recovery at Open World Forum, prompting James Dixon to argue that the acquisition and exist costs of open source are not ‘zero’.
# Microsoft contributed a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Channel for AMQP to the Apache Qpid project.
# Protecode launched version 3.0 of its Software Lifecycle IP Management software.
# Zack Urlocker provided some insight into open source adoption by SMBs in Europe.
# Jan Stedehouder provided a summary of the ongoing debate about FOSS, sexism and feminism.
# Matt Asay reported on the importance of a strong foundation for open source dominance.
# Savio Rodrigues noted that the quality of open source code can go down, as well as up, depending on how you count it.
# Red Hat appointed a new board member, Donald Livingstone, Professor at BYU’s Marriott School of Business.
# DotNetNuke formed a board of advisors to help shape product development and technology adoption issues.
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