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Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack. The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).

New Projects from the Ever-Protean World of Open Source

More amazing ideas

by Glyn Moody

In my previous column, I pointed out that free software was now so successful, and in so many fields, that people might wonder whether there's anything left to do. The question was rhetorical, of course: the ingenuity of the open source community means that they will always find new and exciting projects. And not just the big one that I suggested of baking strong crypto into all our communication tools. There are countless other novel uses for open source, as these three very different examples below indicate.

October 31, 2014 11:22:00 AM Read Full Post

Free Software (and Freedom) in Kosovo

Fighting surveillance with free software

by Glyn Moody

At the weekend, I spoke at the Software Freedom Kosova 2014 conference. Here's some background to the conference from its Web site.

October 29, 2014 3:48:00 PM Read Full Post

TTIP Update XLI

The battle over ISDS continues

by Glyn Moody

In my last update, I noted that the highly-contested investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter remains the centre of attention, with rumours swirling around that the President-elect of the new European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, would pull a rabbit out of his hat by announcing that ISDS would be dropped. That didn't happen, and it seems that once more, the UK is to blame.

October 27, 2014 11:44:00 AM Read Full Post

Going Dutch: the Netherlands Shares UK's Open Source Woes

Implementation issues elsewhere, too

by Glyn Moody

Readers of Computerworld UK will be all-too familiar with the long list of catastrophic failures in the field of UK government IT. It is only a mild consolation that other countries are similarly afflicted, as this rather despairing new report from the Dutch government makes clear:

October 23, 2014 3:08:00 PM Read Full Post

Let's Pay for Open Source with a Closed-Source Software Levy

Applying the open source dividend to software

by Glyn Moody

This column has often explored ways in which some of the key ideas underlying free software and open source are being applied in other fields. But that equivalence can flow in both directions: developments in fields outside the digital world may well have useful lessons for computing.

October 22, 2014 10:30:00 AM Read Full Post

The Future of the Internet - 20 Years Ago

The birth of Netscape and its browser

by Glyn Moody

Last week, an interesting tweet appeared.

October 20, 2014 3:15:00 PM Read Full Post

TTIP Update XL

ISDS is out - or is it?

by Glyn Moody

There's a rumour going around that ISDS may be coming out of TTIP: even if it is, there are still big problems.

October 17, 2014 2:50:00 PM Read Full Post

Why Open Source is Replacing Open Standards

Linux Foundation leads the way

by Glyn Moody

On Monday, I wrote about how the Linux Foundation was founding the Dronecode project, which it will be helping to run, as it does with a growing number of other collaborative projects. The announcement was made at LinuxCon Europe, which took place in Düsseldorf this year.

October 15, 2014 11:35:00 AM Read Full Post

Linux Foundation Does Open Source Drones

Open source spreads to another domain

by Glyn Moody

As I've noted many times, one of the exciting things about open source is the way it is expanding to completely new areas. A good example of that is drones. People have a rather complicated view of drones: like most tools, they can be used for good or bad. But there's no doubt that making the software that controls them open source is a step in the right direction, since it means that drones don't remain the exclusive domain of big companies - or the military.

October 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM Read Full Post

Is This How Mozilla Could Change the World?

Even bigger than the Firefox browser

by Glyn Moody

As my post last week indicated, I'm increasingly sceptical of Mozilla's role as the key defender of the open Web, largely because of its decision to embrace DRM. Even as a purveyor of fine Web browsers, things don't look so rosy. Two years ago, its global market share was fairly stable around 20%; a year ago, that slipped to around 19%; today, it's slumped to 14%. Meanwhile, Google's Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the number two browser, and holds around 21% of the market. Obviously, these figures are to be taken with a serious grain of salt, but I think the trend is real. So, given these developments, the obvious question that needs to be answered is: where exactly does Mozilla's future lie?

October 09, 2014 12:11:00 PM Read Full Post


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