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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 #419 Period ending 27 September 2011

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

You might notice that, while you are receiving this now, it only covers news up to 27 September. Expect another in the coming days with reports since then.

Of particular interest this week is the resounding success of the Pirate Party in Berlin State elections (apparently not Federal elections, but I'm not familiar with the intricacies of the BundesRepublik's federal structure). The other story of interest is the locking down of the boot process for computers in the future. You won't be able to boot a computer without the permission of the manufacturer.

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Brendan Scott

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***** Off Topic

DigiNotar Files for Bankruptcy

After having its SSL and EVSSL certificates deemed untrustworthy by the most popular browsers, VASCO announced that DigiNotar, filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition and was declared bankrupt today.

Facebook’s OpenGraph: Time to get out

UNIVAC: the troubled life of America's first computer

***** Government/Policy

Pirates’ Strong Showing in Berlin Elections Surprises Even Them

By winning 8.9 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election in this city-state, these political pirates surpassed — blew away, really — every expectation for what was supposed to be a fringe, one-issue party promoting Internet freedom.

OnStar plans to track users even after disconnecting service

Microsoft exec leaving to lead new IP rights advocacy group, with Microsoft’s support

***** Patent/CR/DRM News+Policy

S3 Graphics Targets Apple in Patent Complaint at Trade Agency

Samsung Vs. Apple War Set to Explode,2817,2393469,00.asp

A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "fre"We'll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on," Lee Younghee, head of global marketing for mobile communications, said Friday in an Regarding Google's proposed $12.5 billion deal to buy mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility, Lee said the plan has not changed Samsung's relationship with the "We still have a very good relationship," she said. "We are working very closely with Google." - Fox News

Implementation of the America Invents Act

Patent Law Analysis by Professors Dennis Crouch and Jason Rantanen

Apple sued for iPhone, iPad processor 'patent rip-off'

America Invents Act: Prior Use Defense

This defense rewards entities that keep innovations secret. There is no longer a risk to keeping developments secret because you can always assert the prior use defense.

A presentation about the unitary patent

The following video goes thoroughly through all issues raised by the regulation on the unitary patent, stressing how important it is to carefully drawing a good patent policy, pointing at drawbacks of the Commission's proposal for this regulation and proposing some required amendments in order for the unitary patent to quickly come to reality.

Google, Oracle CEOs Said to Make Little Headway in Patent Talks

Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. chief executive officers made little headway this week in negotiations aimed at resolving a lawsuit accusing the Web-search company of patent infringement, a person briefed on the talks said.

***** Applications/Gadgets

Oracle Debuts New Database Appliance for the Midmarket (Linux powered)

Oracle is also going with a pay-as-you-grow approach for the Database Appliance.

***** Reports

Trouble on the high seas for MySQL?

It seems that quite a few people are upset about the whole notion of adding commercial-only features to MySQL, seeing it as the end of all innovation in the GPLed flavor of the popular open source database.

Open Virtualization Alliance Expands

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) got its start in May as an effort to grow KVM virtualization adoption. In the short time since, OVA has grown to more than 200 members, as it aims to provide an open source alternative to VMware for virtualization.

Windows 8, Metro, and the Linux Desktop

One of my first thoughts while looking at Metro was that I've been too hard on GNOME and Unity in the past few months. For all my misgivings about the directions of these two desktops, their current versions are far preferable to the Metro preview

Free as in sake: The story of Koji

Koji is an open source build system. While many are familiar with Koji because of the Fedora Project's use of it, Koji is a generic system that is used by different groups around the world.

NASA unbolts open source space applications challenge

NASA today said it would host an open source-based application competition that it hopes will deliver a new generation of software that can address space, weather and economic issues.

Red Hat Engineer Calls out Windows 8 Secure Boot as a Linux Risk

Many of us, (myself included) have hardware that was originally running Windows (the so-called Microsoft tax). That hardware has since been re-imaged or dual-booted to load something else, namely Linux. The Windows 8 secure boot process could potentially eliminate that ability on new hardware.

Samsung Mulling Open-Source Future For Its Mobile OS Plan B: Bada, That Is

Understanding Apache Cassandra,2-143.html

Basically, Cassandra is a non-traditional database that's built to scale up to massive data sets for real-time processing.

Red Hat Grows Earnings by Upselling

Red Hat reported second quarter fiscal 2012 results with revenues reported at $281. 3 million, which is a 28 percent year-over-year gain. Net Income also grew, coming in at $40. 0 million which stands in contrast to the $23. 7 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Google Promises One Android for All Screen Sizes--As it Should Be

Although Honeycomb remains tablets-only, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release will support big screens, small screens, and everything in between. This is the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes.

Why the Best Days of Open Hardware are Yet to Come

Microsoft and Casio Sign Patent Agreement

Is Android really free software?

To what extent does Android respect the freedom of its users? For a computer user that values freedom, that is the most important question to ask about any software system.

OpenStack Diablo is a Quantum Leap for Open Source Cloud

In addition to improving the three core projects, OpenStack is now adding a Web-based dashboard, unified authentication and an API for configuring virtual networks. With Diablo, OpenStack is poised to manage global clouds.

Mozilla Pitches Plan for Extended Firefox Support

As such, Mozilla has now come up with a proposal for what they refer to as an Extended Support Release (ESR). Instead of the current six week cycle, the ESR release of Firefox will be maintained for 42 weeks.

***** Snippets

Level Linux Display Framework

OpenIndiana's fork of OpenSolaris sees new Illumos based release

Does open source exclude high context cultures?

The Linux desktop is dead. Long live the Linux desktop.

Stallman's Android deconstruction is an attack on open source

Linux 3.1 release delayed for and Linus' vacation

Microsoft Commits to Bringing Technology Access to 1 Million Low-Income Youth

HP Cutting 500 Jobs at webOS Division‎

CyanogenMod closer to fully running Android on HP TouchPad

Copyright Troll’s Assets Targeted for Seizure

GeeXboX 2.0 is Based on XBMC Media Center

Jenkins vs. Hudson Debate Continues in Conference Showdown

Kernel Log: Coming in 3.1 (Part 4) - Drivers

openSUSE 12.1 Beta Delayed Two Weeks

Continuous Deployment With Jenkins And Rex
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