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6 Reasons for Making the Open Source Argument
"Next time you're in a conversation about open source software, you'll know just what to say."  From my opensource.com article published this morning.... If your organization is struggling to take advantage of the open
source software (OSS) market, here ar...
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Tesla & Open Source
Just in case you didn't realize that Open Source Software is truly ubiquitous across industries, here is a story about Tesla releasing software to comply with GPL licensing terms.   According to the story this has been a thorny issue from some of the affect...
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Oracle v. Google in Android Dispute
Oracle and Google are at it again.  The dispute was sent back to a federal trial court by the U.S. Court of Appeals for a damages determination this week. At issue is the nature of Google's use of various java API code in the ubiquitous Android operating sy...
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Patent and Copyright Trolls
Patent and Copyright Trolls are often called non-practicing entities .  These descriptions refer to actors who legitimately own intellectual property in the form of current patents or copyrights, but rather than using them to further commerce or science thr...
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Open Source for Voting?
I ran across this article in the New York Times recently.  It presents a fascinating juxtaposition of modern thinking on software security vulnerability approaches based on open source software with the very real need to ensure confidence in our electoral p...
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What is Package Management and why do I care?
Package Management is now almost ubiquitous in modern software development circles due to the layers upon layers of dependencies between software components which are pulled together to achieve an end result. For a simple overview of the topic, start with t...
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Open Source and the Cloud
Cloud based infrastructure (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), serverless computing, DevOps architecture; these are all enticing concepts to the start-up business wanting to compete instantly with more mature organizations.  However new approaches to deli...
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I thought that was Open Source???
I am often asked to look into a product or component where there seems to be confusion as to the licensing model.  It is understandable as copyright owners often evolve their products and services in different directions in response to market demands.  Here...
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Artifex v. Hancom - OSS as Copyright or Contract?
I ran across a very interesting article the other day ( Keith Collins as published in Quartz on 11 May 2017 ).  It discusses a recent case filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Artifex Software, Inc. v. Hancom, Inc. The gis...
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