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The Open Source Law Weekly Digest or OSWALD first launched late in 2002. Since then it has been regularly providing updates on all things open source related. The focus of this newsletter is on business, rather than technical developments in open source. Another strong component of the newsletter is IP news, as it is of interest to me and has an effect on open source.                                                                                                                                        
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Rather scary (OT) story about using Android phones to hack planes. Networking hardware vendors have joined together to work on software defined networking. Lots of stories relating to post Aaron Swartz legislation that is popping up in the US. More on Prenda law shenanigans and a judge in the US says Apple and Google are using patent litigation as a strategy and aren't interested in actually resolving the dispute before the judge.
*From my blog: http://brendanscott.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/ip-issues-paper-42-costs/
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Nokia battles Google to kill open video http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/nokia-battles-google-kill-open-video-215851
At the IETF meeting where Google's staff explained the proposal, it was clear that the standards arbiters working for the companies with deep investments in MPEG H.264 were not going to make life easy. In contrast with the treatment received by other speakers, the Google speakers were constantly challenged by meeting attendees associated with H.264 -- almost to the point of harassment. It also became apparent that Nokia -- a company that, prior to its change of direction to become part of Microsoft's hegemony, had supported open source approaches -- was poised to mount a challenge to VP8.
OASIS Breaks the Traditional Standards Accreditation Barrier http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=2013040417202079
On Tuesday, OASIS made an extremely rare announcement for an information technology consortium: that it has successfully completed the process of becoming accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As a result, it is now able to submit its standards to ANSI for recognition as American National Standards (ANS). And also to directly submit its standards for adoption by ISO and IEC. This is a milestone that’s worthy of note, despite the fact that over 200 standards setting organizations (SSOs) have achieved a similar status in the past.
Hijacking airplanes with an Android phone http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14733
By taking advantage of two new technologies for the discovery, information gathering and exploitation phases of the attack, and by creating an exploit framework (SIMON) and an Android app (PlaneSploit) that delivers attack messages to the airplanes' Flight Management Systems (computer unit + control display unit), he demonstrated the terrifying ability to take complete control of aircraft by making virtual planes "dance to his tune."
'Going Dark': What's So Wrong with the Government's Plan to Tap Our Internet? http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/fbi-data-wiretap-trevor-timm-interview
That's because getting a warrant for a user's information and requesting the data from the companies that have it—the Facebooks and the Googles and the Apples and the Microsofts—can take months. By the time the "tap" is in place, those companies may have disposed of it, or the suspect may have moved on.
Now You See It, Now You Dont: Disappearing Messages Are Everywhere http://www.technologyreview.com/news/513006/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-disappearing-messages-are-everywhere/
While technology allowing us to send and receive expiring messages is not new, these apps offer a very simple way to exercise control over your data in a world where your so-called permanent record is now documented across the Web. If their appeal continues to climb, such ephemeral media could soon become more far-reaching, and will perhaps even extend to some of the social networks that now mine our every move in an effort to serve up targeted online ads.
Massive data leak exposes offshore financial secrets http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/03/offshore-data-leak.html
"What we found as we started digging in the records is a pretty extensive collection of dodgy characters: Wall Street fraudsters, Ponzi schemers, figures connected to organized crime, to arms dealing, money launderers," said Michael Hudson, a senior editor at the ICIJ, who worked with a team for months to sort through the information.
When Digital Small Print Flashes on Your Screen http://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2013/04/02/Digital-Small-Print/
The law has removed most uncertainty about whether an electronic contract can be enforceable -- it can -- but ensuring that the form of the contract is valid does not mean that all of its provisions will be enforced by a court. Last month, a Quebec court provided an important reminder that some provisions may not be enforced, as it rejected eBay's standard terms which require all disputes to be adjudicated in California.
CISPA breaks the 4th Amendment http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/cispa/
LulzSec hacktivists plead guilty to cyber-attacks on NHS, Sony and NI http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/09/lulzec-hacktivists-plead-guilty-cyberattacks
Three British members of the hacktivist group LulzSec have pleaded guilty to carrying out cyber-attacks on the NHS, Sony and News International.
Shodan: The scariest search engine on the Internet http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/08/technology/security/shodan/
What's really noteworthy about Shodan's ability to find all of this -- and what makes Shodan so scary -- is that very few of those devices have any kind of security built into them.
What is FairSearch and why does it hate Google so much? http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/12/4216026/who-is-fairsearch
Beneath the sheen of do-gooder ideology, FairSearch can be most charitably described as a Google watchdog. It seeks to fan the flames of disapproval where they’ve started organically, originate them where they haven’t, and generally disseminate negativity toward the Google brand. Think of it as a PR firm working to destroy rather than create goodwill.
Microsoft has no fast Windows fixes as PC sales crater http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-has-no-fast-windows-fixes-as-pc-sales-crater-7000013870/
IDC and Gartner reported that PC sales tanked in the first quarter. IDC even noted that Windows 8 not only failed to give the PC market a boost but may have paused it. WorldYes, Apple also saw unit declines in the first quarter, but gets a bit of a pass. Why? If the iPad cannibalizes the Mac at least it's in the same Apple family. - Larry Dignan, ZDNet
Stanford to collaborate with edX to develop a free, open source online learning platform http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/april/edx-collaborate-platform-030313.html
Stanford University will collaborate with edX, the nonprofit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT, to advance the development of edX's open source learning platform and continue to provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world.
Where The Free Software Movement Went Wrong (And How To Fix It) http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/06/where-the-free-software-movement-went-wrong-and-how-to-fix-it/
Why is that? Writer Evgeny Morozov traces it back to Tim O’Reilly and his media/conference empire in a long piece for The Baffler published this week. According to Morozov, O’Reilly hijacked Richard Stallman’s free software movement and turned it into the more corporate-friendly open source movement. From there, O’Reilly would go on to redefine web freedom as freedom for companies like Google to do whatever they want online, and to redefine open government not as a movement for transparency and accountability but as the need to give free data sets to for-profit companies.
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim.html
There are two elections every election cycle in Lesterland. One is called the general election. The other is called the Lester election. And in the general election, it's the citizens who get to vote, but in the Lester election, it's the Lesters who get to vote. And here's the trick. In order to run in the general election, you must do extremely well in the Lester election. You don't necessarily have to win, but you must do extremely well.
Copyright wars are damaging the health of the internet http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/mar/28/copyright-wars-internet
Laws such as the Digital Economy Act provide for disconnecting whole families from the internet without due process because someone in the vicinity is accused of watching TV the wrong way
An Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay http://techland.time.com/2013/04/02/an-interview-with-computing-pioneer-alan-kay/#ixzz2PMmRa1t6
For all media, the original intent was “symmetric authoring and consuming”.
Today, we save the Internet (again): fix the CFAA! http://boingboing.net/2013/04/08/today-we-save-the-internet-a.html
The DoJ reasoned that if the law said that doing anything "unauthorized" was a crime, and if the long, gnarly hairball of legalese that no one reads before clicking "I agree" set out what you were allowed to do, then violations of that "agreement" were a felony.
Opinion: Antitrust complaint against Android is an attack on open source http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/opinion-antitrust-complaint-against-android-is-an-attack-on-open-source/
But Fairsearch also makes an additional argument that should alarm anyone who benefits from free software—which is to say everyone who uses the Internet. Google's competitors complain about the search giant's "predatory distribution of Android at below cost." Apparently, Fairsearch believes that it's "predatory" for a company to gain market share by giving its software away for free.
Sen. Roy Blunt: Monsanto's Man in Washington http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/04/sen-roy-blunt-monsantos-man-washington
The admission shines a light on Blunt's ties to Monsanto, whose office is located in the senator's home state. According to OpenSecrets, Monsanto first started contributing to Blunt back in 2008, when it handed him $10,000. At that point, Blunt was serving in the House of Representatives. In 2010, when Blunt successfully ran for the Senate, Monsanto upped its contribution to $44,250. And in 2012, the GMO seed/pesticide giant enriched Blunt's campaign war chest by $64,250.
Remembering the Real Purpose of Patents http://www.aclu.org/blog/womens-rights-free-speech/remembering-real-purpose-patents
As we head toward Supreme Court review of whether genes can be patented, it is important to remember a simple, but often-overlooked fact about patents and the protection of intellectual property. The intent of the patent system is to achieve a social good—not to stimulate commerce.
In Which NY Times Reporter Jenna Wortham Accidentally Reveals She Violated Both CFAA & DMCA http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130406/22004022615/which-ny-times-reporter-jenna-wortham-accidentally-reveals-how-she-violated-both-cfaa-dmca.shtml
The attention to anti-circumvention was galvanized around the fact that unlocking your mobile phone became illegal again, after the Library of Congress allowed an exemption to expire, making many people realize that the anti-circumvention clause of the DMCA, also known as section 1201, meant that they often don't really own the products they thought they owned.
The Empire acquires the rebel alliance: Mendeley users revolt against Elsevier takeover http://paidcontent.org/2013/04/09/the-empire-acquires-the-rebel-alliance-mendeley-users-revolt-against-elsevier-takeover/
Elsevier has been the target of a sustained attack from open-access advocates who organized a boycott of the company’s journals, galvanized by Fields Medal-winning mathematician Tim Gowers — arguing that its publications are too expensive and keep valuable research locked up in a virtual cartel.
ITC Staff: Exclusion order is an appropriate remedy for Apple infringement of Samsung SEP http://essentialpatentblog.com/2013/04/itc-staff-exclusion-order-is-an-appropriate-remedy-for-apple-infringement-of-samsung-sep/
Unfortunately, much of OUII’s brief relating to FRAND issues has been redacted due to the presence of confidential licensing information. However, OUII does describe its opinion of which of the Georgia-Pacific factors are most relevant to a determination of FRAND terms.
Suggestions for an FTC 6(b) Study on Patent Assertion Entities http://www.patentprogress.org/2013/04/05/suggestions-for-an-ftc-6b-study-on-patent-assertion-entities/
We provide below some suggestions on questions the FTC might consider including in a 6(b) study on PAEs.
A Simple Approach to Setting Reasonable Royalties for Standard-Essential Patents http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2243026
Unfortunately, numerous high-stakes disputes have recently broken out over just what these “FRAND commitments” mean and how and where to enforce them.
Lodsys returns: Disneys one of the latest companies accused of patent-infringing http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/03/lodsys/
It’s not just Disney either – it seems Lodsys is baying for blood in its latest bout of patent-infringement accusations – there’s ten in total: Gameloft, Gamevil, Jirbo, MobileAge, PocketGems, SunStorm Interactive, TLA Systems, TMSoft and BackFlip Studios too.
Transcript Of The 12 Minute 'We're Done' Prenda Hearing Released http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130405/11110922599/transcript-12-minute-were-done-prenda-hearing-released.shtml
THE COURT: Can you tell me, for example, who directs the litigation here in California? Who makes the decision as to whether or not cases are dismissed or settled for how much money? Can you tell me that? MS. ROSING: Your Honor, I can't testify.
ITC judge says Samsung infringes key part of Apple patent http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-apple-samsung-patent-idUSBRE9340NI20130405
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd infringed a key portion of an Apple Inc patent by including a text-selection feature in its smartphones and tablets, an International Trade Commission judge said in a preliminary decision.
Apple loses another patent, this time in Europe http://www.telekom-presse.at/Apple_verliert_weiteres_Patent_diesmal_in_Europa.id.25239.htm
Why Rackspace Is Suing The Most Notorious Patent Troll In America http://www.rackspace.com/blog/why-rackspace-sued-the-most-notorious-patent-troll-in-america/
Today we drove a stake into the ground in our dogged fight against patent trolls – we sued one of the most notorious patent trolls in America.
Movie Studios Want Google to Take Down Their Own Takedown Request http://torrentfreak.com/fox-wants-google-to-take-down-its-own-takedown-request-130404/
In a comical display of meta-censorship several copyright holders including 20th Century Fox and NBC Universal have sent Google takedown requests asking the search engine to take down links to takedown request they themselves sent. Google refused to comply with the movie studios requests and the “infringing” DMCA notices remain online. Meanwhile, the number of takedown notices received by Google is nearing 20 million per month.
Do the Wright Brothers Deserve a Patent?: Why Eliminating Software Inventions Makes No Sense http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2013/04/do-the-wright-brothers-deserve-a-patent-for-their-flying-machine-why-eliminating-software-inventions-from-the-patent-system.html
The Patent Protection Racket http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2013/04/02.html
The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry. Lawsuits surrounding software patents have more than tripled since 1999.
Patent trolls launched majority of U.S. patent cases in 2012 http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57578645-38/patent-trolls-launched-majority-of-u.s-patent-cases-in-2012/
All told, 56 percent of the patent-related lawsuits filed in the U.S. last year were filed by "patent monetization entities," the study found. That's any company that licenses patents but doesn't actually have any other business. Informally, such companies are known as patent trolls.
Prenda Law: Let The Other Shoes Hit The Floor http://www.popehat.com/2013/04/08/prenda-law-let-the-other-shoes-hit-the-floor/
Here's the dilemma of Prenda Law's principals: they can't both take the Fifth and fully respond to motions like these. They can't assert good faith and explain seeming inconsistencies without submitting declarations. If they want to continue to refuse to answer questions, they can only respond with legal arguments and bland generalities.
Study suggests patent office lowered standards to cope with backlog http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/study-suggests-patent-office-lowered-standards-to-cope-with-backlog/
When David Kappos announced his resignation as head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) late last year, one of his most touted accomplishments was a sigBut a new study suggests another explanation for the declining backlog: the patent office may have lowered its standards, approving many patents that would have been (and in some cases, had been) rejected under the administration of George W. Bush. The authorsChris Cotropia and Cecil Quillen of the University of Richmond and independent researcher Ogden Websterused Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain detailed data about the fate of patent applications considered by the USPTO since 1996. - Timothy B. Lee, ars technica
News Corp. Threatens to Pull Fox Off the Airwaves If Aereo Wins http://allthingsd.com/20130408/news-corp-threatens-to-pull-fox-off-the-airwaves-if-aereo-wins/
If we cant have our rights properly protected through legal and governmental solutions, we will pursue business solution. One solution would be to take the network and make it a subscription service. Were not going to sit idly by and let people steal our content.
[PJ: oooooh. Do it, do it, do it.]
USPTO retracts objections to Apple's 'iPad mini' trademark application http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/08/uspto-retracts-objections-to-apples-ipad-mini-trademark-application
According to the document, Apple's "iPad mini" trademark bid may still be refused if currently pending applications containing the term "mini" are granted.
Do Patents Promote Innovation? The Market is the Final Arbiter http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2013/04/04/do-patents-promote-innovation-the-market-is-the-final-arbiter/id=38642/
Marc is Senior IP Counsel for Patent Enforcement at IBM Corp., He manages the patent licensing and sales legal team responsible for generating IP income for IBM.
Meet the nice-guy lawyers who want $1,000 per worker for using scanners http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/meet-the-nice-guy-lawyers-who-want-1000-per-worker-for-using-scanners/
Patent trolls want $1,000—for using scanners
Chinas Great Leap Forward in Patents http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2013/04/04/chinas-great-leap-forward-in-patents/id=38625/
On March 28, Apple Inc. appeared in court in Shanghai to defend charges that Siri, its voice-recognition, personal-assistant software, allegedly infringes a Chinese patent. The plaintiff and owner of the patent, Zhizhen Internet Technology Co., claims its version of the software has over 100 million users in China and is requesting the court to ban all manufacturing or sales of Apple’s product in China.
German Court finds Apple's 'slide to unlock' patent invalid http://www.tuaw.com/2013/04/05/german-court-finds-apples-slide-to-unlock-patent-invalid
Germany's Federal Patent Court on Thursday invalidated all of Apple's claims for its slide to unlock patent.
Rackspace takes the patent fight to a troll http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Rackspace-takes-the-patent-fight-to-a-troll-1835757.html
Schoenbaum calls the mutual forbearance agreement a "trick". In his opinion, IP Nav was concerned that once Rackspace knew the details of the patents, it would seek to invalidate the patents. The three patents mentioned in IP Nav's complaint are 7,197,662, 7,543,177 and 7,958,388; all are entitled "Methods and systems for a storage system".
Hitachi Loses Royalty Bid on TPV High-Definition TV Sales http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-12/hitachi-loses-patent-trial-against-tpv-over-hdtvs.html
A federal jury in Marshall, Texas, today said TPV, the world’s fourth-largest maker of LCD televisions, didn’t infringe four Hitachi patents and that two of them were invalid.
Loyola Law Journal - Panel #2: Shortcomings in the Patent System http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2013/04/loyola-law-journal-panel-2-shortcomings-in-the-patent-system.html
Scholarship focuses on concept of possession in patent law, driven in part by a real-property centric approach. For patent law, we measure possession through the patent document. Extending this idea of possession to the subject of prior art. Possession isn't just relevant between two inventors, but also with respect to whether the public already possesses something.
PatCon 3: Posner/Epstein Debate on the Patent System http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2013/04/patcon-3-posnerepstein-debate-on-the-patent-system.html
In his view, we all probably agree that patents should not be granted unless there's a significant invention that, unless patented, would not be developed at all or would be developed much later.
Apple, Google Not Interested in Settlement, Judge Says http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-10/apple-google-not-interested-in-settlement-judge-says.html
“The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute; they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end,” U.S. District Judge Robert Scola in Miami said in an order dated yesterday. “That is not a proper use of this court.”
Do I qualify for Micro-Entity-Status at the Patent Office? http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2013/04/do-i-qualify-for-micro-entity-status-at-the-patent-office.html
As per their usual, the folks at Brown & Michaels have provided a concise write-up to help inventors and small companies understand whether they qualify for Micro-Entity-Status and the resulting fee reduction.
After patent dispute loss Apple changes iOS 6.1 VPN feature http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/After-patent-dispute-loss-Apple-changes-iOS-6-1-VPN-feature-1837018.html
After losing a patent dispute, Apple has modified the VPN behaviour of iOS 6.1. In a support document published last week, the company announced that the "VPN On Demand" feature will no longer initiate a secure connection by default, even if it is set to "Always". Instead, the iOS VPN will behave as if it were set to "Establish when needed".
Turow: SCOTUS decision and digital advances devalue copyrights, putting literary discourse at ri http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/turow_supreme_court_decision_and_digital_advances_affect_authors_financial/
According to Turow, the Constitution's protection for copyrights is based on the idea that a diverse literary culture is essential to democracy. "That culture is now at risk," Turow says. "The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers. "
Extension of the Period for Comments on the Enhancement of Quality of Software-Related Patents http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-15/html/2013-06014.htm
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)published a notice announcing the formation of a partnership with thesoftware community to enhance the quality of software-related patents(Software Partnership), and a request for comments on the preparationof patent applications, seeking input on potential practices forpreparing patent applications.
Apache OpenMeetings hits first Open Source Top Level Project Release http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/apache-openmeetings-hits-first-open-source-top-level-project-release.html
This week the Apache OpenMeetings project released version 2.1 of its open source web conferencing platform. The OpenMeetings 2.1 release is the first release of the project since it graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a top Apache OpenMeetings level project, in December of 2012.
Open-source video recorder adds full HD support http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/040313-open-source-video-recorder-268357.html
Proof the Force is with Open Source: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy are now GPLv2 http://showmescifi.com/2013/04/04/proof-the-force-is-with-open-source-jedi-outcast-and-jedi-academy-are-now-gplv2/
While the code is open source, the images and sound (big parts of that game) are not. So as a learning tool on how to build a Jedi Knight game this is invaluable stuff..and who knows maybe it will lead to Jedi Resurrection on Linux on day too.
Grizzly release scales up OpenStack open source cloud http://www.zdnet.com/grizzly-release-scales-up-openstacks-open-source-cloud-7000013673/
The Grizzly release of OpenStack improves its compute, storage and networking control abilities over its earlier Folsom release.
HP Moonshot Debuts Low-Power Servers http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/hp-moonshot-debuts-low-power-servers.html
Initially, the only supported shipping operating system on the Moonshot 1500 is Linux. HP has partnerships with Canonical Ubuntu, Red Hat and SUSE Linux for Moonshot.
Ubuntu: Dell Unveils Alienware Laptop Powered By Canonical's Linux http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/ubuntu-dell-unveils-alienware-laptop-powered-canonicals-l
Conquest Of Elysium 3 - Fantasy Game Comes to Linux http://linuxaria.com/recensioni/conquest-of-elysium-3-fantasy-game-comes-to-linux?lang=en
RunRev launches LiveCode 6.0, the first open source version of its app development software http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/10/runrev-launches-the-first-open-source-version-of-its-app-development-platform-livecode/
RunRev has announced today that following its successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, the team is now ready to launch the first open source edition of its LiveCode app development software.
Back to the Future: Pwn Pad Review http://www.thepowerbase.com/2013/04/back-to-the-future-pwn-pad-review/
At first glance, the Pwnie Express Pwn Pad looks like a regular Nexus 7 tablet. For good reason: that’s exactly what it is. There is absolutely no physical difference between the 32 GB HSPA+ Nexus 7 you’ll get when you purchase a Pwn Pad and the one you can get directly from Google. The only difference between the consumer Nexus 7 and the Pwn Pad version is the software that’s loaded up on it.
Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/11/dell_sputnik_review/
Why is Dell making a Linux Ultrabook? Well, it's part of Dell's project, codenamed Sputnik after the Russian satellite, to sell a laptop with Linux and various tools to programmers.
Behavio Updates the Funf Open Source Project http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2013/04/behavio-updates-the-funf-open-source-project078.html
The Behavio team is very happy to announce a major version update to Funf, our open-source mobile sensing framework, accompanied by respective updates to Funf's two user-facing components (Funf Journal and Funf In A Box).
Piston Herds Cows with Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 Cloud http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/piston-computing-secures-openstack.html
McKenty explained that the way Piston has packaged pentOS is as a single USB stick that is plugged into a desktop or notebook computer, where users configure a file. The USB stick is then plugged into a top of rack switch and then the switch will install and configure OpenStack to every piece of hardware that it detects.
LibreOffice 3.6.6 Arrives with 50 Fixes http://ostatic.com/blog/libreoffice-3-6-6-arrives-with-50-fixes
ProxMox - An Open Source Data Center Platform http://ostatic.com/blog/proxmox-an-open-source-data-center-platform
proxmox_logo My journey in finding the best platform for web scale applications has brought me to ProxMox, an open source virtual environment that combines OpenVZ containers and KVM virtualization in a single pane of glass. ProxMox has the best balance between management and performance optimization using containers. We spent today bringing up a four node cluster, and it was dead easy.
Microsoft's Office for iOS, Android: Not until fall 2014? http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-office-for-ios-android-not-until-fall-2014-7000013819/
Also on the roadmap for fall 2014 is what's listed as iOS/Android support for Office. One would assume this is the expected and widely rumored Office for iPad release. It could, however, be Office for iPhone and Android phone, given that it's not listed on the roadmap as being tablet-specific.
Microsoft beware: Google brings Quickoffice to Android & the iPhone http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/microsoft-beware-google-brings-quickoffice-to-android-and-the-iphone/2013/04/09/a994199c-9c72-11e2-9219-51eb8387e8f1_story.html
With the app, Android and iPhone users can view, edit, and create Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents, which can be then saved – naturally – in Google Drive.
MySQL's creator on why the future belongs to MariaDB http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/457551/dead_database_walking_mysql_creator_why_future_belongs_mariadb/
The day the Sun purchase was announced, Widenius responded in the tried and true open source fashion — he forked MySQL, launching MariaDB, and took a swathe of MySQL developers with him.
Mulesoft Raises $37 Million for App Integration http://www.enterpriseappstoday.com/news/mulesoft-raises-37-million-for-app-integration.html
Getting data out of one app and into another is big business. It's a business that enterprise integration firm Mulesoft is now growing with new funding and products.
New marketplace connects open source contractors with clients http://opensource.com/business/13/4/flossmarket
Flossmarket is a platform that makes it easy to establish contact between professional open source contractors and whomever the customer might be, whether business or individual. Our mission is to popularize open source solutions and support entrepreneurs who decide to implement them.
Mozilla Open Source Servo Moves Away from Gecko for Next Gen Mobile Browser http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/mozilla-open-source-servo-moves-away-from-gecko-for-next-gen-mobile-browser.html
"Servo is an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, rethinking old assumptions along the way," Mozilla CTO, Brendan Eich wrote in a blog post. "This means addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware to enable new and richer experiences on the Web."
Jolla Adds Sailfish SDK Installers For Windows, OS X, Linux To Push More Developers To Build Native Apps For Its MeeGo Platform http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/05/jolla-launches-sdk-installers/
Jolla’s plans for Sailfish include licensing the OS to other device makers and creating customised, branded versions of the software for third parties. But it also intends to create its own Jolla-branded phone hardware running Sailfish. Although Sailfish will support Android, Qt and HTML5 apps, Jolla wants native apps to be part of the mix — to fully take advantage of the Sailfish UI features and properly bring the platform to life as it seeks to build a fully fledged ecosystem.
Apple scruffs -- The Free Software Column http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/opinion/apple-scruffs-the-free-software-column
The primary contention is that Samsung and Android have ripped off Apple’s style and look and feel, but Android is no more stolen from the iPhone than the iPhone is a ‘rip-off’ of the pioneering work of the likes of Motorola, Nokia and Samsung itself.
SDN Enters New Era as OpenDaylight Open Source Effort Launches http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/datacenter/sdn-enters-new-era-as-opendaylight-open-source-effort-launches.html
The software-defined networking (SDN) revolution is about to undergo a major transformation. Nearly every major networking vendor has joined with the major operating system vendors today under the auspices of the Linux Foundation to create a massive new SDN framework, an undertaking called the OpenDaylight Project.
Facebook Home: lockpicking Android for fun and profit http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/apr/09/facebook-home-android-lockpick
Because it doesn't fully meet the terms of the Android Compatibility Program, Amazon's proprietary version isn't allowed to use the Android trademark, and the company had to open its own App Store. In industry argot, Amazon "forked" Android; it spawned an incompatible branch in the Android source tree.
Google rivals complain to EU about Android http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/09/technology/mobile/google-europe-android-complaint/index.html
FairSearch, which represents Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500), Oracle (ORCL, Fortune 500), Nokia (NOK)and a number of other search engine operators, accused Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) of using its Android operating system to "monopolize the mobile marketplace and control consumer data".
Mobile trend hurts IE, Firefox http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/mobile-trend-hurts-ie-firefox/146957
The growing popularity of Web browsing from tablet devices and smart phones has been a boon for Apple’s Safari and Google’s Android, but Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox are having a hard time maintaining a hold on usage share, according to a recent report.
Hadoop as a Service Will Top $1.9 Billion By 2016 http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-research/hadoop-service-expected-top-19-billion-2016
According to research from TechNavio, the global Hadoop-as-a-service market will be growing by leaps and bounds over the next few years. The research firm predicts it will top $1.9 billion in 2016.
GitHub Turns 5 - Open Source Code Rejoices http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/github-turns-5-open-source-code-rejoices.html
Github was officially founded, five years ago today and the open source code repository world hasn't been the same since.
Mozilla Reconsiders, May Support WebP Image Format http://www.webmonkey.com/2013/04/mozilla-reconsiders-may-support-webp-image-format/
The change of heart makes sense since most of the objections Firefox developers initially raised about WebP have since been addressed.
The tablet the industry needs? - The Open Source Column http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/opinion/the-tablet-the-industry-needs-the-open-source-column
FreeBSD 9.0 Reached End-Of-Life on March 31, 2013 http://news.softpedia.com/news/FreeBSD-9-0-Reached-End-Of-Life-on-March-31-2013-342588.shtml
Google Blink Leaves Open Source WebKit Behind - Will Security Suffer? http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/google-blink-leaves-open-source-webkit-behind-will-security-suffer.html
KDE 4.10.2 Brings over 100 Bugfixes http://news.softpedia.com/news/KDE-4-10-2-Brings-Over-100-Bugfixes-342396.shtml
More Reasons Why Google Won't Merge Android and Chrome OS http://ostatic.com/blog/more-reasons-why-google-wont-merge-android-and-chrome-os
openSUSE. A real alternative to Ubuntu? http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2013/04/opensuse-real-alternative-to-ubuntu.html
OpenStack vs VMware: Public and Private Cloud Reality Check http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/vmware-vs-openstack-public-and-private-cloud-reality
Ubuntu Virtual Machine: Guest and Host http://www.datamation.com/open-source/ubuntu-virtual-machine-guest-and-host-1.html
Jon Corbet Mulls Linux Kernel Changes http://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/200-libby-clark/711644-qaa-with-jon-corbet-on-the-future-of-the-linux-kernel
Red Hat Taps Former Microsoft Exec as New Server Virtualization Chief http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/red-hat-taps-former-microsoft-exec-as-new-server-virtualization-chief.html#
Mozilla Firefox 20 Improves Browser Privacy http://www.datamation.com/security/www.internetnews.com/skerner/2008/09/firefox-31-private-porn-mode-f.html
Pear OS 7 Server Has Been Officially Released http://news.softpedia.com/news/Pear-OS-7-Server-Has-Been-Officially-Released-342910.shtml
Travel Apps: 50 Android Apps to Ease Your Journey http://www.datamation.com/mobile-wireless/travel-apps-50-android-apps-to-ease-your-journey-1.html
KDE 4.10.2 Fixes Annoying and Dangerous Bugs http://ostatic.com/blog/kde-4-10-2-fixes-annoying-and-dangerous-bugs
Nine Myths That Shouldn't Stop You From Trying Debian http://www.datamation.com/open-source/nine-myths-that-shouldnt-stop-you-from-trying-debian-1.html
MATE 1.6 Released http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/mate-1-6-released
Linux in the Real World - A Report From the Trenches http://www.linuxadvocates.com/2013/04/linux-in-real-world-view-from-trenches.html
10 New Features and Changes in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail [Screenshots Tour] http://www.techdrivein.com/2013/04/10-new-changes-features-improvements-ubuntu-1304-raring-ringtail.html
LibreOffice 4.0.2 Fixes Small Bugs and Glitches http://ostatic.com/blog/libreoffice-4-0-2-fixes-small-bugs-and-glitches
Acquia open sources Drupal iOS app http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Acquia-open-sources-Drupal-iOS-app-1835349.html
OpenStack Grizzly Open Source Cloud Platform Debuts http://www.openstack.org/foundation/companies/
CyanogenMod Android privacy vs. developer wars http://www.zdnet.com/cyanogenmod-android-privacy-vs-developer-wars-7000013483/
The Real Reason The Feds Can't Read Your iMessages http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/310015-the-real-reason-the-feds-can-t-read-your-imessages
Second Beta Release of Ubuntu Kylin 13.04 Is Available for Download http://news.softpedia.com/news/Second-Beta-Release-of-Ubuntu-Kylin-13-04-Is-Available-for-Download-343437.shtml
Will Mozilla Firefox 21 Be a Healthy Open Source Browser? http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/will-mozilla-firefox-21-be-a-healthy-open-source-browser.html
Pentaho, Think Big Partner On Open Source Big Data http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/pentaho-and-think-big-analytics-partner-machine-genera
RedReader for Android: Open Source Reddit application http://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/07/redreader-for-android-open-source-reddit-application/
Linux 3.9 rc6
Review: The Surprising SUSE Linux http://www.linux.com/component/content/article/135-distronews/712598-the-surprising-suse-linux
Debian gets served by Bytemark http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130404
Could the Chromebook spark a desktop Linux revival? http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/blogs/gadgets-on-the-go/could-the-chromebook-spark-a-desktop-linux-revival-20130409-2hiby.html
OpenMandriva Delayed, Mageia Releases Beta http://ostatic.com/blog/openmandriva-delayed-mageia-releases-beta
Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/linux-fatware-these-distros-need-slim-down-215757
How can all of us non-US people help with CFAA reform? http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1bzzgk/we_are_activists_and_academics_who_support_reform/c9bow7c
We are here to discuss the CFAA http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1bzzgk/we_are_activists_and_academics_who_support_reform/
Google target of Microsoft-led antitrust complaint http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/04/09/google-microsoft-antitrust/2066403/
Mozilla CEO Kovacs On the Way Out http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/mozilla-ceo-kovacs-on-the-way-out.html
Fuduntu 2013.2 Released. Download DVD Images and Installation Guide with Screenshots http://www.tecmint.com/fuduntu-installation-guide/
Ubuntu 13.04 Linux Can Outperform Apple OS X 10.8.3 http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=search&q=Ubuntu%2B13.04
New OpenStack initiative could address interoperability questions http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/351988/new-openstack-initiative-could-address-interoperability-questions
Ubuntu 13.04: Canonical's Latest Linux - What's New, What's Not http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/ubuntu-1304-canonicals-latest-linux-whats-new-whats-not
Xen Orchestra: a Web interface for Xen Cloud Platform http://blog.xen.org/index.php/2013/03/28/xen-orchestra-a-web-interface-for-xcp/
Mageia 3 Beta 4 Live Images are Here http://ostatic.com/blog/mageia-3-beta-4-live-images-are-here
OpenStack grows up: But is it grown up enough for enterprise IT? http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/041013-openstack-268604.html?hpg1=bn
Where is JBoss 7.2.0.Final? http://www.openlogic.com/blog/bid/283299/Where-is-JBoss-7-2-0-Final
Introducing Utopia Documents http://utopiadocs.com/
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