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Digitopoly | Does the clothesline paradox apply to IT?
Economist tend to disregard free things. This makes open source look bad to economists.
politics  philosophy  economics  free  opensource  via:reddit 
august 2012 by mcherm
Evaluating the harm from closed source
A framework for analyzing when using closed-source code is most bad. Basically, just rank the various kinds of harm that can come from being closed-source, and then the situations with the most potential harm (OS, phone, office software in that order) are the ones that most need to be open.
ethics  opensource  EricSRaymond  via:HackerNews 
june 2012 by mcherm
Apple’s great GPL purge | mathew
Looks like maybe Apple is trying to get rid of GPLv3 code so they can lock out and control apps on the desktop also.
apple  opensource  via:reddit 
june 2012 by mcherm
No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8 | Ars Technica
Microsoft is so jealous of Apple's appstore stranglehold on iPhone software that they're ensuring software on Windows 8 must be sold in their appstore unless it is developed with expensive development tools.
teaching  programming  microsoft  windows  opensource  appstore  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2012 by mcherm
Turning down Zynga: Why I opted out of the $210M Omgpop buy
He gave up his job when he feared it might require him to lose control of the small iPhone app he had built.
ethics  hiring  opensource  zynga  evil  via:HackerNews  gamasutra 
march 2012 by mcherm
An open source alternative to Mathematics.
math  useful  via:twitter  opensource  progamming 
march 2012 by mcherm
Clojure/core — Clojure/huh? - Clojure's Governance and How It Got That Way
A discussion and history of the community around Clojure and how it evolved. The language was VERY conservative about adding new features.
opensource  community  clojure  socialcomputing  via:twitter 
february 2012 by mcherm
Sorry we’re not so Open lately - University prevents discussion to guard IP
In the interests of maintaining university ownership of IP, Washington U is effectively preventing their faculty and staff from even minor free "consulting" (ie, discussing anything) without university contracts in place. This impedes research.
via:boingboing  ResearchAdministration  opensource  ip-law  patent  science  law 
february 2012 by mcherm
When Should Open Source Be Written Into Law?
The law should require that source code be released in 3 cases: medical devices, code in automobiles, and government functions like voting. (I agree with 1 and 3.)
opensource  law  via:reddit 
january 2012 by mcherm
Trouble in Node.js paradise: The mess that is npm - Mikkel Høgh
An open source community with the problem that everyone builds (and releases) their own instead of contributing to one that's there. This leads to too many options.
opensource  nodejs  via:HackerNews 
december 2011 by mcherm
A Random Story | Buddy Burden []
The story of how he took over maintenance of the Perl random module.
opensource  via:HackerNews  programming  perl 
december 2011 by mcherm
William Edwards, Coder
I have huge sympathy for this guy: project cancelled; can't contribute the ideas to the competing project because it's closed source (sort of).
android  programming  personal_net  opensource  via:HackerNews 
november 2011 by mcherm
prog21: Advice to Aimless, Excited Programmers
Don't pick the tools then start a giant project. Instead pick a problem (a small one to start) and solve it.
opensource  programming  via:twitter 
november 2011 by mcherm
Intel funds university research on condition of no patents
Intel is funding research at some universities but as a condition is requiring that the universities agree to release anything they develop as open source and not to patent any of it.
intel  researchadministration  patents  opensource  via:reddit 
september 2011 by mcherm
The Architecture of Open Source Applications
A whole book teaching software architecture by reviewing the architecture of actual open source projects.
programming  architecture  books  reference  toread  via:HackerNews  opensource 
august 2011 by mcherm
Open Robotics » VoxPopuLII
Robots that can run user-generated software are the route to success in robotics. But they can only succeed if the manufacturers are immunized from lawsuits. Otherwise, the manufacturer (deep pockets) will be sued when someone fastens a chainsaw to their robot.
law  innovation  invention  robots  opensource  via:HackerNews 
july 2011 by mcherm
Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
A website that will automate the installation of standard free windows tools onto a windows system. Vetted and trusted by the reddit community.
useful  via:reddit  windows  opensource 
july 2011 by mcherm
OpenHatch - Community tools for free and open source software
A site to help people get started contributing to open source projects.
opensource  programming  via:reddit 
april 2011 by mcherm
Why I was wrong about Microsoft - The H Open Source: News and Features
Okay, if true this is a SERIOUS IP-law abuse. Claims Microsoft is getting laws passed saying they can sue any US company if ANY supplier of theirs uses pirated software anywhere. If a single Chinese supplier has a single pirated copy of Excel (~100% chance of this) you can be sued by Microsoft. And open source software is explicitly excluded from suing under this law.
microsoft  evil  opensource  law  ip-law  patent  copyright  copyrightabuse 
april 2011 by mcherm
Bug 78514 – copy item in edit menu
Man with ALS bangs out patch for Gnome with legs in morris code before dying.
opensource  blogworthy  via:HackerNews 
february 2011 by mcherm
Cathode: Ned Batchelder
The rest doesn't interest me much, but the model for charging for free software is neat. The program has fake "glitches" (that's an intentional part of the retro feel). They get worse unless you get a paid copy.
opensource  free  pricing  via:NedBatchelder 
january 2011 by mcherm
The Hudson fight: Oracle's trademark may not guarantee its control | Open Source - InfoWorld
Oracle owned the trademark for an open source project, but contributed very little actual code. They tried to exert too much control (telling people what tools to use). The founder rebranded it and invited Oracle to join.
law  ip-law  oracle  opensource  via:reddit 
january 2011 by mcherm
The dark side of open source conferences []
Another essay on sexism at conferences; this time, open source conferences.
opensource  sexism  via:HackerNews  personal_net 
december 2010 by mcherm
Are Companies Scanning Open Source Commit Logs And Patenting What They Find? | Techdirt
A couple of cases that look like perhaps companies are patenting things they find in open source apps. I observe that if such patents are granted, the presumption of validity is enough to make the cost of litigation too large for almost any institution to take on even if the open source commit log is there to disprove originality.
law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  opensource  via:HackerNews  techdirt 
december 2010 by mcherm
Introducing students to the world of open source: Day 1 |
They offered a weekend-long course for students on how to contribute to open source. It was an enormous success. The most striking thing is that people didn't know how to use version control or bug tracking, and these kinds of things were a barrier.
opensource  teaching  via:slashdot  programming 
november 2010 by mcherm
Microsoft furious at $2,000 bounty for open source Kinect drivers - Bounty increases as Redmond expresses ire | TechEye
If the manufacturer does not release drivers, offer to pay to build them. Microsoft, the manufacturer, is not pleased.
via:HackerNews  opensource  microsoft 
november 2010 by mcherm
Java Trap, 2010 Edition | Paul's Journal
Oracle is acting in bad faith. They (and Sun) killed Apache's implementation of the JVM. Writing in Java means being beholden to this one company and they may decide to jerk you around. Therefore, write in other languages.
java  freedom  opensource  via:HackerNews 
october 2010 by mcherm
Diaspora, or: How to Kill Your "Facebook Killer" Open Source Project Before It Even Launches - Jarinheit
Diaspora (the much-hyped open alternative to Facebook) has lousy choice in open sourcing licenses and contracts.
diaspora  via:HackerNews  opensource 
september 2010 by mcherm
Why we got so heavily involved in the Subversion project.. « WANdisco INC Blog
A company explains (1) why we contributed to the subversion project, (2) that subversion is much more widely used than git.
versioncontrol  opensource  subversion  dvcs  git  mercurial  via:reddit 
september 2010 by mcherm
delusions of grandeur: Selling Open Source
A license (not yet approved open source, but quite reasonable) which permits essentially everything except selling the same app in Apple's AppStore for less money.
licensing  opensource  via:HackerNews 
september 2010 by mcherm
Czech Gov’t Drafting Copyright Bill to Legally Gut Creative Commons, Chop Creators Royalties By Nearly Half
Draft leaked of Czech government draft law which would make it very difficult to use creative commons licenses on works, or other kinds of "open" licenses.
law  ip-law  copyright  opensource  via:slashdot 
august 2010 by mcherm
GNU/Linux - finally it's Free software
A piece of code in the heart of all versions of unix turned out to have a very liberal license, but not one that was technically "open source". Oracle fixed that (after acquiring Sun).
law  ip-law  copyright  opensource  via:slashdot 
august 2010 by mcherm
More about the App Store GPL Enforcement — Free Software Foundation
The FSF got Apple to stop carrying GPL'ed software in the AppStore because Apple adds legal restrictions to what users can do with the stuff they download.
apple  appstore  opensource  GPL 
may 2010 by mcherm
Google Code Blog: Introducing the Google Font API & Google Font Directory
Google is offering some open-source fonts, and making them available in a place where web designers can use them. Fabulous!
via:HackerNews  typography  fonts  html  webdevelopment  webdesign  google  opensource 
may 2010 by mcherm
Total victory for open source software in a patent lawsuit |
TX jury finds that a patent troll's patents were invalid and that open source wasn't evil and "communist" after all.
law  ip-law  patent  opensource 
may 2010 by mcherm
Re: License for Google's patent
Google grants Apache a license to write Hadoop and MapReduce. Google is still on the side of the angels, but I wish this weren't necessary.
patent  law  ip-law  softwarepatents  google  apache  opensource  via:HackerNews 
april 2010 by mcherm
Open Source is Not a Democracy | ITworld
An example of how a "decider" (like Python's BDFL) is often needed. Controversy about an important but "bikeshed" feature in ubuntu is decided by Mark Shuttleworth saying that it's not a democracy.
opensource  ubuntu  socialcomputing  MarkShuttleworth  via:slashdot 
march 2010 by mcherm
I Don’t Get It
"When encountering a bug in an open source project, most Java people seem unwilling to either fix it themselves or pay the maintainer to fix it—they’d rather abandon the project or kludge their software painfully and repetitively." -- I comment on why I think Java programmers don't contribute patches to open source so much.
via:RobertFischer  mypostings  opensource  java 
march 2010 by mcherm
DynamicDomainProperties and the AGPL
An interesting way to try and get paid for open source. Release as GPL, offer to release with BSD license if donations reach a reasonable total. For 10% of reasonable total give an individual license. I'll bet it doesn't work, but I wish the experiment well.
march 2010 by mcherm
Microsoft open-sources clever U-Prove identity framework
About a very interesting library that allows one to verify certain key information to a website (like that you're charging something to a credit card) without revealing the underlying data (like your name, address, and credit card). Also discusses why companies won't use this: it's to their benefit to collect customer data.
privacy  cryptography  microsoft  opensource  identity  identitytheft  proof  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2010 by mcherm
Facebook release Tornado and it’s not based on Twisted? » fluidinfo
A case study in the FAILURE to use a fairly good open source library because of the "not invented here" syndrome.
softwaredevelopment  opensource  twisted  python  via:TerryJones 
february 2010 by mcherm
Thinking About Security : Microsoft’s Many Eyeballs and the Security Development Lifecycle
"Many eyeballs make code secure" is not true -- actually (claims this author) Microsoft's security practices are far more rigorous than the open source community's.
opensource  via:slashdot  programming  security  softwaredevelopment 
february 2010 by mcherm
Alex Payne — On the iPad
A good explanation of why apple's iPad is going in the WRONG direction: closed ecosystem of pre-audited software.
opensource  apple  programming  via:HackerNews 
january 2010 by mcherm
HTML5 video and H.264 – what history tells us and why we’re standing with the web · Christopher Blizzard
YouTube is now using HTML5 but with a proprietary format for the video. Firefox won't display it because it's a proprietary format. Learn from history (like GIF): use an open format!
patent  ip-law  firefox  google  opensource  youtube  standards  video  w3c  GIF  via:reddit 
january 2010 by mcherm
Design and code review requested for Django string signing / signed cookies - Django developers | Google Groups
Description of the plan for how Django will produce signed cookies. Also an excellent example of a developer of open source software seeking review by competent security professionals.
webdevelopment  security  cryptography  SimonWillison  via:reddit  django  opensource  programming 
january 2010 by mcherm
The Self-Destructive Side of Open Source Software » Enfranchised Mind
Raises the question: how can open source developers make money (without taking away from the open source work)?
RobertFischer  personal_net  via:RobertFischer  opensource 
december 2009 by mcherm
Open Letter to Sun Microsystems - JCK - The Apache Software Foundation
Apache gripes that Sun isn't allowing them to create a version of J2EE because they're not allowing Apache to take the compatibility test.
java  apache  sun  licensing  opensource  ip-law 
december 2009 by mcherm
SFLC tech director finds one new GPL violator every day - Ars Technica
There are LOTS of GPL violations (like 1 found per day). Being polite and quiet works best; suing works worst (but DOES work when it's done).
opensource  GPL 
november 2009 by mcherm
The power of "no"
The author proposes that a big advantage open source projects have over commercial projects is that the open source projects are better at saying "no" and leaving out features, so they don't suffer from bloatware.
opensource  programming  softwaredevelopment  via:reddit 
november 2009 by mcherm
IntelliJ IDEA Open Sourced | JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Blog
Wow!!! IntelliJ IDEA to be released as open source!! (A paid version will still exist.)
intellij  opensource  programming  java  scala  ide  eclipse 
october 2009 by mcherm
Consumer-Developers and Contributor-Developers | Enfranchised Mind
Concept: some open source is polished, and is intended for people to just USE it. Some is just code someone wrote and is willing to let others see and/or build on. Watch out: if you confuse the two types you'll just generate acrimony.
opensource  via:RobertFischer  RobertFischer 
october 2009 by mcherm
Dimdim: Web conferencing that just works.
A web conference tool that's free (at least for basic functionality).
via:BruceEckel  video  opensource  useful 
october 2009 by mcherm
Who wrote 2.6.20?
An analysis of who contributed to linux. Less than 1/3 is by hobbyists... there seem to be lots who are paid for their work. There are also lots of ways to count "who contributed".
opensource  linux  via:HackerNews 
september 2009 by mcherm
The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations) -
A review of the incorporation papers and board structure for the "open source" foundation that Microsoft set up. Fairly negative: suggests that Microsoft can control the foundation the way it's set up now.
Microsoft  opensource  law  via:slashdot 
september 2009 by mcherm
Open Source Is Really About Documentation – Twisted vs. Tornado » @TheKeyboard
A simple message: an open source project without good documentation isn't going to get used much no matter how good it might be.
opensource  documentation  softwaredevelopment  via:reddit 
september 2009 by mcherm
Crowding the trampoline « David R. MacIver
Interesting observation. They're using crowdfunding (small doners instead of a big VC) -- all right, that's interesting enough all on its own. But beyond that, he points out that this may increase their ability to release stuff that's not mission critical as open source.
opensource  startup  funding 
july 2009 by mcherm
Kazade's Adventures in Code - wine-patches the black hole of code?
An open source project (Wine, the windows compatibility layer) is failing to accept *or even respond to* lots of good patches that are being submitted. Here is one person's observations and proposed solution.
wine  opensource  programming 
july 2009 by mcherm
Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software
An open source version of Mathematica (built with Python).
via:GoodMathBadMath  python  math  programming  mathematica  opensource 
july 2009 by mcherm
Why I (A/L)GPL
Someone's passionate argument about why he prefers to use the GPL instead of a more liberal license. The biggest reason seems to be that he feels he got cheated: he wrote something which became an important part of Ruby on Rails' success, but he never got any credit.
licensing  GPL  opensource  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
Twenty questions about the GPL
A list of 20 simple cases asking how the GPL applies. And they're NOT easy. In fact, I expect competent lawyers would argue over them. I think the point is that the GPL is *not* simple. I am fairly certain I could answer all of these for a "BSD-style" license.
law  ip-law  copyright  GPL  licensing  opensource 
july 2009 by mcherm
WebHome < Main < Reprap
Open source devices. It's a machine-building-tool that can build itself (as well as other useful machines) with an open source license.
hardware  engineering  opensource  via:reddit 
july 2009 by mcherm
From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise - Miguel de Icaza
Microsoft promises not to sue people for using Mono. At least certain parts of it. For the other parts, they just aren't saying. Personally, I think this is better than nothing, but not much better.
Microsoft  patent  mono  licensing  opensource  via:reddit 
july 2009 by mcherm
bitquabit - The One in Which I Call Out Hacker News
Why you can't implement StackOverflow in a weekend: because there is a LOT more to any finished, polished product than a couple of database tables and some web pages to access that data. And open source applications rarely work for that last bit of usability (I'm not 100% certain I agree with that last point).
programming  opensource  stackoverflow 
july 2009 by mcherm
Here we go again – why Mono doesn’t suck » APEBOX.ORG
A well-written and correct argument for why it is NOT the end of the world if Ubuntu includes mono by default.
mono  programming  ubuntu  opensource  Microsoft  via:slashdot 
june 2009 by mcherm
The Doctor Who Model of Open Source « petermr’s blog
The idea that open source projects go through a process where they nearly die and get saved by a new leader.
opensource  doctorwho 
june 2009 by mcherm
Illustrators upset over Google's invitation to contribute free art - Boing Boing
Google invites artists to contribute skins for the Chrome browser. Artists get upset that they're not offering to pay for it. MY opinion is that the artists in question almost certainly use Google's search engine... and do so for free. No one is coercing them, and if some artists want to donate for free, that's fine.
via:boingboing  opensource  free  google  art  chrome 
june 2009 by mcherm
How I Won a Copyfight
Can a student post his or her code written for a school assignment? In this case, a student did and the professor thought he should not. In the end, the student won, by appealing to the university's purpose and their ethical codes.
kidsrights  teaching  copyright  culture  programming  opensource  via:boingboing 
june 2009 by mcherm
Student challenges prof, wins right to post source code he wrote for course - Boing Boing
Can a student post his or her code written for a school assignment? In this case, a student did and the professor thought he should not. In the end, the student won, by appealing to the university's purpose and their ethical codes.
kidsrights  teaching  copyright  culture  programming  opensource  via:boingboing 
june 2009 by mcherm
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