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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).

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

Adobe Digital Editions 4 Spies on Users - Because of DRM

Yet another reason to use open formats and open source

by Glyn Moody

This column has written many times about the deep flaws of Digital Rights Management (DRM) - or "Digital Restrictions Management" as Richard Stallman rightly calls it - and the ridiculous laws that have been passed to "protect" it. What these effectively do is place copyright above basic rights - not just in the realm of copyright, but even in areas like privacy. Yesterday, another example of the folly of using DRM'd products came to light.

October 08, 2014 11:35:00 AM Read Full Post

TTIP Update XXXIX

50% of TTIP is about swapping cars across the Atlantic

by Glyn Moody

As previous updates - and many economists - have pointed out, the huge economic gains claimed for TTIP are largely illusory. The 119bn euros boost for the EU not only turns out to be under the most optimistic assumptions, clearly impossible to obtain now given the growing resistance to TTIP's de-regulation, but refers to 2027, and is the difference between an EU economy with TTIP and without. That means the claimed 0.5% GDP boost is actually a ten-year cumulative figure, and amounts to the rather less impressive 0.05% extra GDP on average - in mathematical terms, indistinguishable from zero given the very approximate nature of the models used to make these predictions.

October 06, 2014 3:48:00 PM Read Full Post

What Will Run The Internet of Things? Hint: It's Fully Open

Open trumps almost open

by Glyn Moody

As you may have noticed, the Next Big Thing is the Internet of Things. It's certainly true that in addition to computational capabilities, connectivity is also being added to an ever-wider range of everyday objects. On the other hand, in the light of Snowden's leaks about pervasive surveillance of our online activities, you might have thought people would be a little more cautious about wiring up even more of their lives.

October 02, 2014 5:24:00 PM Read Full Post


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