Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has gotten a lot of people's knickers in a twist
by saying that Red Hat users owes Microsoft patent payments.
He dropped the nugget during a Q&A last week in England captured on tape and
put on the Internet.
He was talking about how open source products "have an obligation to
participate in the same way in the intellectual property regime" as
commercial companies with their hefty R&D budgets and patent licenses. Then -
after praising Novell for its open source-scandalizing patent indemnification
deal with Microsoft - he uttered the words: "People [who] use Red Hat, at
least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an
obligation to eventually compensate us."
It was the first time Red Hat, the "no-patent-deal-ever" market leader, was
publicly singled out like that as a patent infringer, but it's consistent
with Microsoft's... (more)
MySQL Journal on Ulitzer
MySQL creator Monty Widenius’ petition to stop Oracle from getting the
MySQL open source database along with Sun Microsystems had collected more
than 13,600 signatures on Sunday, the day before Widenius has promised to
start circulating the results to “regulators, governmental bodies,
parliaments and journalists.”
Widenius is also hoping to get regulators besides the European Commission
investigating the proposed merger. He has refused to identify which
regulators he means.
According to its self-imposed deadline the EC has until January 27 to decide
whether to wave the deal through or not although Oracle has broadly hinted
that it has the EC’s approval in its pocket.
Widenius claims Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL would be a conflict of
interest and that the undertakings Oracle gave to the EC about MySQL a few
weeks ago to nudge it into appr... (more)
Economics for Investors
SAP AG announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and
full-year ended December 31, 2009.
U.S. GAAP software and software-related service revenues were euro 8.20
billion (2008: euro 8.46 billion), a decrease of 3%. Non-GAAP software and
software-related service revenues were euro 8.21 billion (2008: euro 8.62
billion), a decrease of 5% (5% at constant currencies). U.S. GAAP total
revenues were euro 10.67 billion (2008: euro 11.57 billion), a decrease of
8%. Non-GAAP total revenues were euro 10.68 billion (2008: euro 11.73
billion), a decrease of 9% (9% at constant currencies). U.S. GAAP software
revenues were euro 2.61 billion (2008: euro 3.61 billion), a decrease of 28%
(27% at constant currencies).
Full Year 2009 Non-GAAP revenue figures exclude an acquisition-related
deferred support revenue write-down of euro 11 mil... (more)
EndaceFlow 3040 Delivers Custom Filtering, Advanced Load Balancing and Ease
of Integration with Industry Leading NetFlow Collectors
Interop, NEW YORK and COSTA MESA, Calif, 2 October 2013 - Emulex Corporation
(NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management,
today announced the new EndaceFlow™ 3040 NetFlow generator appliance. The
EndaceFlow 3040, which is purpose-built for use with high-density 10Gb
Ethernet (10GbE) networks, generates 100 per cent accurate NetFlows on up to
four Ethernet links at speeds up to 10Gb per second (10Gbps) line rate. This
level of performance speeds detection, identification and resolution of
critical security and network issues, improving network uptime and reducing
operational expenditures (OPEX) in enterprise data centres.
"As enterprises move more deeply into the latest data centre technologies,
such as 10GbE,... (more)
Red Hat, Inc. on Monday announced the launch of several updated system
administration training courses and certification exams, to teach and qualify
students on how to install, configure, deploy, and troubleshoot Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 7.
The courses continue to feature a hands-on, lab-based environment to provide
IT professionals with the skill-sets they need to implement and maintain
Linux deployments. The new curriculum places greater emphasis on enterprise
administration skills including command line administration, shell scripting,
diagnostics and troubleshooting. The courses will be available via
traditional classrooms, live virtual training, online, or on-site at
customers locations for private team training.
Celebrating 15 years of preparing professionals for open innovation, Red Hat
Training courses benefit both students and the companies they work for by... (more)
Red Hat, Inc. on Monday announced Red Hat CloudForms 3.1, the next version of
its open hybrid cloud management solution, available in September 2014. Red
Hat CloudForms 3.1 extends enterprise-grade cloud management across private,
public and hybrid clouds with additional management features, capabilities
and enhancements for OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, VMware and Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization environments, as well as new support for Microsoft
System Center Virtual Machine Manager private clouds.
CloudForms 3.1 is the first release built from the open source ManageIQ
community, introduced in May 2014. Red Hat acquired ManageIQ in December 2012
and fully open sourced the code earlier this year to drive innovation in
hybrid cloud management through community-powered innovation.
Private and Public Cloud Platform Support
Cloud platforms are constantly evolving, an... (more)
As the adoption of Linux and other open source software within corporations
grows, enterprise IT managers should, using reasonable oversight, establish
policies that allow open source to benefit the company. Open source may be
free and not ordinarily expose a company to piracy claims, but open source
usaage should not be ignored. For most companies it makes sense to establish
policies and procedures for an employee's use of open source in order to
minimize any legal and intellectual property risks.
In September 2003, Forrester Research delivered a report titled, "Your Open
Source Strategy," with three general recommendations for companies deploying
open source: Fund an open source advisory group to perform due diligence.
Create policies to guide adoption and developer participation. Build a
developer portal to track inventory and provide support. For many companies, ... (more)
According to Larry Rosen, "One of the challenges to writing about licensing
in a book not specifically written for licensing professionals is to make a
very dull subject interesting." A Complete and Thorough BookRosen has met
that challenge in his exciting guide to the Open Source licensing zoo. As an
extra fillip he offers a set of five Open Source Principles so clear and
brief that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) would be well advised to adopt
them, plus two new licenses intended to solve not only the weaknesses of some
of the current Open Source licenses, but resolve the many problems that
revolve around the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) GNU General Public
License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
This clear book spends 314 pages in detailed discussion of more legal issues
than this review can touch on. The author has the advantage of having trai... (more)
The battles over intellectual property continue. Google is the
company-of-the-day in the headlines, with its plan to make available excerpts
and whole text from several university libraries under legal attack from the
New York-based Author's Guild, which represents 8,000 authors.
This is a copyright issue. Earlier headlines this year, involving all major
U.S. technology providers, on the other hand, involved patents: how they're
granted and adjudicated in the U.S., and how they should be granted and
adjudicated within the European Union.
Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft are tussling over the hiring of a key
employee - about how much of what he knows in the burgeoning area of search
belongs to Microsoft, which is the latest issue to threaten Microsoft's long
dominance on the desktop - and whether he can be held to the non-compete he
US business people in the ... (more)
Aiming to head off any perceived intellectual property risk associated with
Linux and open source, IBM, Philips, Sony, Red Hat, and Novell have formed
the Open Invention Network (OIN) to buy Linux-related patents from holders
and create a pool of intellectual property that it then can license out
– without charge – to others.
Gerald Rosenthal (pictured), former Vice President Intellectual Property &
Licensing at IBM, will head up the new nonprofit company. Its initial
assets, according to a Reuters report, will include patents purchased for
$15.5 million by Novell from Commerce One Inc.
"Open collaboration is critical for driving innovation, which fuels global
economic growth," said Rosenthal.
"Impediments to collaboration on the Linux operating system seriously
jeopardize innovation," he continued. "A new model of intellectual property
management for Lin... (more)
Linux platform provider Xandros and Microsoft have announced a broad
collaboration agreement based on a set of technical, business, marketing and
intellectual property commitments. "Companies today are running a mixture of
Linux and Windows systems," said Andreas Typaldos, Chief Executive Officer of
Xandros. "Cross-platform data centers are a reality. To meet evolving
customer needs, vendors need to recognize the value of sharing intellectual
property, developing more interoperable solutions and providing management
tools that are familiar and easy to use."
Typaldos and his company were recipients of some initial criticism for the
deal, with Typaldos noting in one report that some people are telling him
that Xandros "really shouldn't be talking to the devil." But Typaldos also
believes that Linux does not violate any Microsoft patents, and said this was
not part of ... (more)