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Open Source

It's been two years since I posted here last, but life has been busy with open source all the same. Having helped a startup with their open source thinking, I'm now independent again and contributing much of my time to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and to The Document Foundation (TDF), as well as offering open source policy and practice consulting. That first association with OSI is...
on Jan 23, 2012
After nearly 10 years at Sun, and 5 years as Chief Open Source Officer, I have now left Sun. You can read my reflections on those years on my new personal blog (to which you may wish to subscribe).
on Mar 9, 2010
My comments are over on my "real" blog, but I felt today was a day to share with java.net :-)
on Aug 9, 2007
I'm interviewed today on IT Conversations and the blog links take listeners to some less used places in my blog-o-rama, so this is by way of links to the right places - see my aggregator and my work blog where most of the action happens!
on Jul 4, 2007
I've just left an exciting week in Brazil where I had the honour to be a part of the strong and extensive Java family there. I've written before about Brazil so you may already know the respect I have for the steps the government there is taking to promote community-based software development. But last week there was an important new development, at the "Café Brasil" Java event in the national...
on Apr 14, 2005
Tucked away in the corner of the FISL exhibit hall in Porto Alegre was a stand staffed by the Brazilian OpenOffice.org group - enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming. I stepped carefully around the mound of food packages the team are collecting for the poor and was greeted by Claudio Ferreira Filho, leader of the group that localised OpenOffice.org to Brazilian Portuguese. Using just the tools to hand...
on Jun 18, 2004
In his recent posting on java.net Alan Williamson asks how open source software can ever be profitable. I believe his thinking confuses two different issues - how software is developed and how it is deployed. In some contexts they are the same thing, but in a growing number they are completely different. In the difference lays the answer. I believe the best way to understand open source is as a...
on Jul 29, 2003
One link I've been surprised not to see yet on java.net is a link to the web site run by Sun's Open Source Project Office, SunSource.net. It's not exactly a 'must visit daily' site but it is so packed with projects that I do wonder why folk insist on trying to paint a fundamental conflict between Sun and open source.
on Jul 1, 2003
Responding to my earlier posting, Glen Martin comments that: To my mind, patents in software add no value, and really only serve to subject software development to the less than scrupulous (lawyers, that is). and It is starting to look to me as if the OSS world won't ever meet its real potential unless software patents go away. Since the non-OSS world has little incentive to change, it would seem...
on Jun 21, 2003
Just sitting in the final session at F/OSS at Harvard, largely on software patents. The research, presented here by Jim Bessen (the paper is available online and Slashdot has a great summary), suggests that it's become cheaper and easier to get software patents over the last 20 years (overall and compared with other patents). The research finds "... software patents substitute for firm R&D...
on Jun 20, 2003
I am (unexpectedly) at the MIT/HBS Free/Open Source Software conference at Harvard. The first session included a paper comparing Apache, Mozilla and a commercial software project. The results suggested open source development does indeed deliver higher productivity levels and lower defect counts than closed team development. While I felt intuitively that this was the case, I'm pleased to see a...
on Jun 19, 2003