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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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OSWALD #508 Period ending 10 February 2014

Welcome to the Open Source Law Weekly Open Source Digest (OSWALD)

The stories this week are largely reprises on earlier stories, such as the UK's move to ditch MS Office and OpenDaylight. There are a number of Android/embedded Linux/Chromebook related stories this week.

*From my blog:

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***** Government/Policy

There's no better time for governments to go open source

Maude isn't the first to realise that vast amounts of public money is spent on computer programmes that could be found for free. Even with bulk discounts, setting up thousands upon thousands of civil service computers with Microsoft software is a real drain on finances.

DARPA shows off clearinghouse site for open-source code and information

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency debuted a new website dedicated to sharing open-source data and publications today, calling it the DARPA Open Catalog.

***** Applications/Gadgets

Facebook's groundbreaking Android security tool goes open source

engineers at Facebook have developed a way of protecting the company's rather popular Android apps when they're stored on SD cards, and they're now sharing this security tool with the world at large, letting other software developers protect their apps in similar ways.

Suse's kGraft looks to put live kernel patching back into Linux

The source is to be licensed under both GPLv3 and GLPv2 — the parts of kGraft that interact with the GPLv2-licensed kernel will have GPLv2 licencing, with the parts that touch the GCC compiler using GPLv3.

Asus mini-PC breaks Chrome OS price barrier

Asus announced its first Chrome OS computer, a Chromebox mini-PC that runs on 4th Gen. Intel Celeron SoCs, offers 4k UHD video output, and starts at $179.

Geeksphone Revolution specs revealed

Geeksphone revealed specs for its unlocked Atom-based Revolution smartphone, set to ship Feb. 14 for about $270, with dual-booting Android and Firefox OS.

HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox for Android Secures Your Mobile Browsing

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has made the add-on available to mobile users, and it works like a charm.

Medical Device dev platform runs Linux on DaVinci SoC

eInfochips announced a development platform for medical imaging device designs, based on two tiny COMs that integrate TI DaVinci DM816x and DM814x SoCs.

ASUS Chromebox, HP Chromebox and Google Chromebox for meetings

The Chromebox is a small form-factor computer powered by an Intel processor and running Google’s Chrome OS.

***** Reports

First Look at Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux

Well it's Chrome with a new name and a different way of tracking you, the Maxthon Passport.


When OpenDaylight got started, the core of the project was the SDN controller. Since April, the project itself has also expanded dramatically and now includes a broad spectrum of SDN components. The Hydrogen release itself has three separate editions, each designed for certain target use cases.

Linus Torvalds Applauds NVIDIA For Posting Early Tegra K1 Open Source Drivers To The Nouveau Project

But yesterday, Torvalds gave NVIDIA a thumbs-up - which is two whole fingers away from his previous gesture - for posting an early open-source driver for the Tegra K1.

Experimenting With Steam's In-Home Streaming On Linux

In-Home Streaming was part of the SteamOS announcement Valve made back in September and beta invites to the functionality have been sent to some people around the internet. Luckily I was part of that group and I can share some of it with you!

Open-Source Hardware: Prepare For Disruption

Facebook, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, and other leading IT users think the open-source movement is ready to shake up the hardware industry the way Linux did in software.

Linux should be a part of School Education

On other hand Linux is free and wide adoption of Linux among schools will bring down the cost of education drastically.

Embeddable webserver adds source and NAS plugin

Back in June we noted that, unlike Barracuda, Mako Server shipped without source code. This is no longer the case. You can now take the C source code and compile the web application server for your embedded Linux platform of choice.

Rackspace opens the door wide for open-source development

In other words to make it clear that RackSpace practices what it preaches, Rackspace employees are allowed to contribute to any open-source project even if it directly competes with initiatives officially backed by Rackspace.

Steam Lights The Green Light For More Linux Games

The list below are all of the titles that specifically listed Linux as a supported platform.

Linux May Gain Rebellion As A Developer & Publisher In Future

Robbie Cooke, RebellionHi Liam, As an indie studio and big PC developer we like to support as many platforms- and therefore gamers - as we can. We’re very much looking at Mac and Linux, and we recently attended the Steam Dev Days presentation about Steam boxes.

The Enterprise Strikes Back On Open Source Contributions

Skerrett and Jagielski point out that "old school" companies like IBM don't get the credit they deserve.

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Arrives with a Bang and with Linux Kernel 3.13 Support

AMD has released the new AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Linux video driver for the Linux platforms, featuring quite a few changes and support for a couple of new chipsets.

Why Windows won't be a roadblock for SteamOS

Looking at these arguments as a potential consumer, none of them are really that convincing. The Steam client on Windows already has a Big Picture mode that makes it work just as well as a "part of the living room" as SteamOS does.

***** Snippets

Linux Top 3: Linux 3.14 is Not a Piece of Pi

LibreOffice 4.2 Office Suite Boasts New Features, Performance Boost

Firefox Set to Get a New Look, Better Sync

What will drive mainstream desktop Linux?

Linux 3.14-rc1 is out

How to analyze corporate contributions to open source projects

Will Android lose market share to other versions of mobile Linux?

Bigger, better, faster: LibreOffice 4.2

Complete List of all ZenOSS Process

GNOME 3.12 Might Be Delayed for Beginning of April Because of Wayland 1.5

Mozilla Firefox 27 Delivers Better Security, Performance

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 GNOME review

Engage women, have fun, get more out of your open source project

Why open source will rule the data center

GNOME 3.12 Might Be Delayed Until Wayland 1.5

KDE 4.12.2 and 4.11.6 Officially Released with More than 20 Bugfixes

Mageia 4 Linux Desktop Distro Delivers Improved Performance, Features -

HP vs AWS : An open source battle for two worlds

Steve Wozniak: Apple Should Make an Android Phone

Mutter-Wayland 3.11.5 Adds Support for Sub-Surfaces

How to customize Mageia 4 KDE

MOC: Meet the most lightweight and easy-to-install music player for Linux

GPT disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Gender doesn't matter in Linux and Open Source

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Scores Major Cloud Win

5 Reasons Why PCLinuxOS Is Better For Windows XP Users Than Ubuntu

Linux Kernel 3.13.2 Is Now Available for Download

Google aims Chromebox at video conferencing

ReactOS 0.3.16 review

Breaking down geek stereotypes in open source

What's the best entry point for women in computing? Open source.

Mandriva releases new version of systems management software

Let's talk Linux, but in a language we can all understand

Analysis of the top 10 Linux operating systems

Debian inches towards new init system decision amid fallout

Docker Open Source Container Virtualization on the Rise

Patching a running kernel: legal issues unknown

Space Pioneer - an ambitious Kickstarter project promising day one Linux support

Anubis, the God of Dead Bitcoin Miners

Red Hat Deepens Big Data Partnership with Hortonworks

GNOME Maps App Features Much Smoother Animations

Linux 3.14 rc2
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