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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).

Unitary Patent: Why is EU Pushing Itself into Irrelevance?

Has this EU puff-piece been disappeared?

by Glyn Moody

Although I haven't written about the Unitary Patent for a while now, it hasn't gone away - alas. Instead, it is still grinding through the ratification process that is necessary before it comes into force. There are many questions about how it will work in practice, and whether it will offer any real benefits to European companies. So it's strange that the European Commission recently come out with a total puff-piece on the subject, which tries to convince people that it's all going to be great.

April 23, 2015 4:30:00 PM Read Full Post

Solving the Free Software Liability Conundrum

Could this approach encourage all software companies to write better code?

by Glyn Moody

As you may have noticed, a lot of software has a lot of bugs. Even open source code has them, but the main damage tends to come from certain well-known, widely-used proprietary programs - not forgetting well-known, widely-used open source programs with proprietary layers like Android. In fact, some estimates put the annual damage caused by serious software flaws in the hundreds of billions of pounds range, which probably means that many trillions of pounds' value has been destroyed thanks to buggy, flawed software over the years.

April 20, 2015 11:37:00 AM Read Full Post

Would You Open-Source Your Body?

How far are you prepared to go?

by Glyn Moody

As you may have noticed, this column is pretty keen on opening things up - whether that's open source, open access or open government. But what about open-sourcing your body - releasing as open data the most intimate aspects of your physical existence? That's what the Open Humans Network is asking people to do.

April 16, 2015 1:06:00 PM Read Full Post

The Culture of Freedom: Free Software, Free Speech

The power of open publishing

by Glyn Moody

A few weeks ago, I spoke at this year's WordCamp London. My theme was free software and free speech. The first part of my talk was a quick run-through free software's amazing achievements - something I've spoken about several times before. But the second part concentrated on what I called open publishing.

April 13, 2015 12:57:00 PM Read Full Post

UK Government Now Main Driver of ODF Advance: Kudos

Open Document Format goes from strength to strength

by Glyn Moody

Back in July last year, I wrote about an incredible opportunity for the open source world. After years of disappointments, and despite the usual lobbying/threats by a certain large US software company against the move, the Cabinet Office announced that it was officially adopting the Open Document Format (ODF) for sharing or collaborating on government documents.

April 03, 2015 9:27:00 AM Read Full Post

Open Source Mandatory for Indian Government Projects

Potentially big not just for free software in India, but everywhere else too.

by Glyn Moody

I've written about the potential for open source in China several times, and the same can be said about India. Here's some big news on that front, just announced by the Government of India's Department Of Electronics & Information Technology.

March 29, 2015 10:57:00 PM Read Full Post

Embedded Linux Keeps on Growing, IoT Next Big Win

Even Android can't compete with vanilla Linux

by Glyn Moody

As I noted at the beginning of this year, open source has won, even if it's not finished. That's easy to show at for big systems, since Linux currently runs 485 of the top 500 supercomputers in the world. But at the other end of the spectrum, data has been harder to come by. That makes a new post on Linux.com reporting on the embedded sector particularly welcome.

March 27, 2015 8:53:00 AM Read Full Post

A Trip Down (Computer) Memory Lane

Some things - good and bad - never change

by Glyn Moody

The world of free software seems constantly fresh and exciting, so it always comes as a shock - to me, at least - to remember that it has been around for more than 30 years now. Richard Stallman announced the GNU project back in 1983, but this month, there's another important anniversary: the publication of the GNU Manifesto.

March 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM Read Full Post

Using Open Data to Fight Corruption in Greece

How transparency can increase democratic oversight

by Glyn Moody

Greece has been much in the news recently as the Syriza government tries to deal with the country's massive economic problems. We hear plenty about its high-level negotiations with the EU; what we don't hear about is the Greek government's innovative use of openness to tackle key issues in everyday life.

March 20, 2015 10:02:00 AM Read Full Post

Why the Time has Come for an Open Access Foundation

Learning from the open source experience

by Glyn Moody

A remarkable report has just been presented to the United Nations by the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed. It's called "Copyright policy and the right to science and culture".

March 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM Read Full Post


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