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A while back I was doing some research for a client and came across an apparent GPL slight of hand engineered by Sun and IBM. Time constraints and competing priorities kept me from writing about this until now, and Oracle's acquisition of Sun has taken Sun off of the hot seat (see in particular paragraph 2, Non Assertion), but it's still a pretty juicy story. What's more, I think it's healthy to expose vendor behaviors that cut against the spirit of open source, creating unfair advantages for a privileged few at the expense of everyone else. Read the rest of this entry »
I've been doing research on open source licensing strategies and community interactions for an upcoming report. My research brought me to the Ingres Community Forum, where I hoped to gain some insight about Ingres' traction as an open source player. Ingres uses a dual-license model (GPL v2 with FLOSS exception) and runs a vendor-managed community.
Many software companies are operating in the dark ages of marketing. Their notions of demand generation are to drop hundreds of thousands of emails on cold, externally-sourced contact lists, watch for activity on their landing pages, and shoot at whatever moves. Read the rest of this entry »