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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 #501 Period ending 23 September 2013

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

A couple of intersting stories this week with Valve's CEO predicting Linux being the future of gaming, and CyanogenMod securing initial funding to become a company. In addition there are a variety of stories off the back of Linuxcon with lots of application/device stories.

For those of you in Sydney we are setting up a meetup to discuss openness and transparency. First meeting in early October:

*From my blog:

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Other distribution - email me.



***** Off Topic

Facebook Permanately Deletes Social Fixer's Page

The Social Fixer destination on Facebook was quite popular. According to Mr. Kruse, the page had over 338,000 “likes.” In addition, Social Fixer has a Facebook Support Group with over 13,000 members, where users can get help with technical issues. A Social Fixer Facebook news page has 1.47 million followers.

***** Government/Policy

PGP inventor Phil Zimmermann: Open source, Legislative & judicial actions needed to pushback surveillance state

He argued that instead of focusing too much on technical issues, it is time to tackle the issue of surveillance state from the aspect of civil liberties.

Justice Department Websites May Go Open Source

The Justice Department could be the next federal agency to switch a large share of its websites over to the open source Drupal content management system, contracting documents show.

Government of Argentina Launches Linux Distribution

Although it hasn't made it into English speaking press yet, it seems the Argentine government has sponsored the development of a Linux distribution to be used on all state provided education computers.

LINUXCON: Security in a Post-PRISM World

"I'm from Germany, and we know that it's not a good idea to have an omnipotent government that can spy on you," Karlitschek said. "It's just not a good idea in a free society, so people should care if someone is violating their privacy—it's very important."

Munich to hand out Ubuntu Linux CDs to ward off upcoming Windows XPocalypse

The end is nigh, and the date of doom has been foretold. The Windows XPocalypse is set to unleash hell on April 8, 2014, and in a bid to preserve the security of its citizens, the German city of Munich is turning to an unlikely savior: Ubuntu Linux.

***** Applications/Gadgets

SolidRun's New Mini PC Can Run Linux and Android,24121.html

Now, SolidRun is doing us one better with a mini computer priced under $50.

openSUSE Is Now Available for Raspberry Pi

On September 9, Jos Poortvliet has announced that the ARM edition of the openSUSE Linux operating system received new ARMv6-based images for the Raspberry Pi platform, thanks to Bernhard Wiedemann.

Open SBC runs Android and Linux on quad-core Rockchip

Radxa is accepting preorders for a compact, open, Android- and Linux-ready single board computer based on a 1.6GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 SoC.

Intel MinnowBoard Review - No Competition

Clearly, the MinnowBoard is no Raspberry Pi. Measuring 102mm on its shortest side, it’s significantly larger, requires a whopping 2.5A from a 5V power supply to run and costs almost six times as much as the credit-card-sized Pi. The MinnowBoard does offer something the Pi lacks, however: full x86 compatibility.

First DOSBox Powered Classics Trickle Into Linux Via Steam

Now, one year later, developer Night Dive Studios has brought 2 DOS classics to Linux by packaging DOSBox and the respective game content together into one spiffy little steam installer!

MintBox 2 ships with Core i5 and Linux Mint 15

An updated version of the MintBox mini-PC from a collaboration between the Linux Mint project and CompuLab has begun shipping for $599 with Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” pre-installed.

Smartsheet Adds Android App For Collaborative Spreadsheet Service

Google makes Quickoffice app free for Android and iOS

Google has made Quickoffice mobile app free for both Android and iOS users, following Apple's announcement to offer its iWork apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote free to people who buy new iOS devices.

Juniper throws its hat into the open-source SDN ring

The Contrail Controller is a logically centralized but physically distributed SDN controller that's in charge of managing, controlling, and running analytics on the virtualized network.

Pico-ITX SBC runs Android on TI Sitara SoC

Kontron announced a Linux- and Android-ready Pico-ITX single board computer with extended temperature support, built around a Texas Instruments Sitara AM3874 system-on-chip.

Sub-$500 47-inch smart TV runs Android

Chinese tech firm Xiaomi announced a 47-inch, Wistron-built smart HDTV based on a Snapdragon 600 SoC priced at less than $500.

PengPod1040 hits Indiegogo (iPad-sized tablet dual boots Android, Linux)

The folks who brought us the PengPod line of 7 and 10 inch tablets which can run Android, Ubuntu, or other Linux-based operating systems are back, and this time they want to offer an iPad-sized tablet with a high-resolution display and a quad-core processor.

***** Reports

Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming

Newell said, "Games are becoming nodes in a linked economy where the majority of digital goods and services are user generated, rather than created by companies."

Android fork Cyanogen becomes $7m company

Independent Android firmware project CyanogenMod has become a company, thanks to a $7m Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley venture firms Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures.

Indian companies opt for open-source softwares to cut costs

Indian enterprises are increasingly moving to open-source software, recognising the cost benefits and flexibility it offers over proprietary software.

Game Developers Talk Up OpenGL At PAX Prime 2013

"I'll go even further to say we have abandoned DirectX at this point, we are 100% OpenGL because we want to be cross platform on Linux and Mac".

Linux Professional Institute puts Linux in the classrooms

The problem is that there aren't enough Linux-savvy people around. The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the oldest, non-vendor linked Linux certification organization, has a solution: The LPI Academy.

Who's giving Android's KitKat the finger?

Opinion has not been mixed on the matter. Virtually everyone is aghast. Google may as well have announced that the 'S' iteration of Android will be known as Sarin.

Open source opens the way to Black Duck IPO talk

With $46 million in funding from backers including General Catalyst Partners and Flagship Ventures, Black Duck may be on the runway to an IPO its relationships with tech giants may also make it a target for acquisition.

Game Dev Tycoon, FSF Terminated Their License To Use Glibc

The basics of it are that they use glibc that is under the Lesser General Public License (L-GPL) that can be used in commercial applications, but they didn't note that down anywhere and didn't include the license file along with it.

Linux 'HoT' bank Trojan: Failed malware

Initially it looked like the "Hand of Thief" (HoT) Trojan would be the first successful Linux Trojan. However, further investigation by RSA, the Security Division of EMC, reveals that the Hand of Thief is just another in a long line of so-called Linux malware that's more bark than bite.

VIDEO: Red Hat CIO Takes an Open-Source Approach to Security and BYOD

CIO of Linux vendor Red Hat explains how he brings technologies into the organization and how BYOD policy plays out.

AMD reveals roadmap for ARM and x86 SoCs

“There are different customer needs in different segments of this market, from low-power to high-performance, Linux to Windows, and x86 to ARM,” commented Arun Iyengar, VP and general manager of the AMD Embedded Solutions division.

Red Hat To Oracle: Have You Tried Free?

And yet Hurd is audacious enough to suggest that businesses want to work on big new initiatives "but you’re not able to capitalize on all those opportunities because so much of your IT budget is being sucked up by stuff in the basement that creates little or no value!"

Microsoft makes big money from Android phones and tablets!

“If we translate that into dollar revenue, Microsoft stands to make as much as $3.6 billion in 2013 from Android royalties (I assume Microsoft is taking a cut from 60 percent of the 750 million Android devices that will ship this year, times $8 a device)."

AlienVault Moves Unified Security Management Push Forward

AlienVault is continuing to raise new funding, as it pushes forward on its mission of expand the market for its open-source-based Unified Security Management platform.

Open-Source MOOCs

EdX, the online course provider created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, sees an open-source future for massive online courses. On Tuesday, the company announced it has found a like-minded partner in Google, which will work with edX to make its online course platform more accessible to aspiring developers.

RTS Nuclear Dawn Almost Certainly Coming To Linux

It has been confirmed that Nuclear Dawn, the RTS/FPS hybrid game from Interwave studios, is being courted for the Linux platform. Courted by whom? Valve.

Nebula OpenStack Cloud Startup Gets New CEO

Gordon Stitt, former CEO of Extreme Networks, will become Nebula's CEO. He replaces Nebula co-founder and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp.

Intel open (source) Inside out

The Computer Weekly Open Source Insider blog caught up with Intel's VP of open source Imad Sousou at the firm's IDF Intel Developer Forum 2013 to get a brief history of open source Intel.

Canonical ARMs Ubuntu Linux Server Management Landscape

Linux vendor Canonical improves its systems management solution with hyperscale server capabilities. Canonical is updating its Landscape Ubuntu server management solution today, providing enterprises with the ability to manage both x86- and ARM-based hyperscale server environments.

Open Source Is Woven Into the Latest, Hottest Trends

We may not see or hear much about open source in the latest cloud or Big Data offerings, but it's playing a significant role in the most disruptive trends in enterprise IT.

Juniper Takes Contrail SDN Controller Open Source

Juniper acquired Contrail in December of 2012 for $176 million and has been talking about how the technology would form the cornerstone of its SDN efforts ever since.

Four tips for building better apps for government

The biggest problem is not budgetary, legal, or policy constraints, although those sure don’t help much—it's about process. It’s a matter of doing things right from day one. It's a matter of doing less, not more.

This $20 app turns your cheap Kindle into a full Android tablet

“I get it that Amazon has to subsidize for their hardware,” Vizant says. “But their ecosystem is not as advanced as Google’s … and a lot of people want to play Candy Crush [Saga].”

Android-Friendly Linux Code Gets Big Boost From Mobile Companies

Last year, contributions from mobile companies accounted for just 4.4 percent of the Linux kernel, according to the Linux Foundation’s annual survey of Linux contributions. Now, it’s more like 11 percent.

Quasar IV Cipherphone: The smartphone with encryption built in

"Quatrix is a layer that runs on top of Android that protects Android from intrusion," said Shane Remington, co-founder of Peppermint Linux and QSAlpha CTO, in an Mountain Xpress interview, "It also protects your identity, and there are tools within Quatrix that will allow you to encrypt all of your conversations and everything you do on the Web."

Oracle Losing Its MySQL Grip to MariaDB

Unfortunately for poor Oracle, it appears as if this plan isn’t going to work quite the way they want. Already many Linux distros, including Red Hat and SUSE, have made the switch to MariaDB, which so far remains a “drop-in” replacement for MySQL making switching easy. In addition, some big big websites, Wikipedia for instance, have made the jump to MariaDB. and GitHub's license picker

GitHub created an informational website to aid developers: At the same time, GitHub added a new license picker to the user experience of initializing a new repository with a README file.

Is 'corporate open source' an oxymoron? Not where Node is concerned

My colleague Bryan Cantrill has some hard-learned lessons, colorfully told in his Corporate Open Source Anti-Patterns talk. Products released this way (and I use the term “product” here specifically) often have sponsors with their economic caboose hitched closely to the open-source community train.

Linus Torvalds Talks Linux Development at LinuxCon

Torvalds was also asked if he had ever been approached by the U.S. government to insert a backdoor into Linux. Torvalds responded "no" while nodding his head "yes," as the audience broke into spontaneous laughter.

The Man Who Introduced Microsoft to Open Source Leaves For HP

Hewlett-Packard has hired the man who introduced Microsoft to the notion of open source. His job? To transform HP into a serious cloud player.

Sailfish gains two-way Android compatibility

Jolla’s announcement of Android compatibility makes the MeeGo-based Sailfish OS the first alternative mobile Linux OS to achieve the feat.

Ubuntu on Windows Azure gets Juju DevOps

Canonical, in conjunction with Microsoft, announced at Linuxcon that it is bringing its Juju cloud orchestration program to Windows Azure. With it, cloud managers can easily deploy Web and network services on Ubuntu Linux in an Azure cloud.

Google Android Is Open Source: LinuxCon

Google Director of Open Source Chris DiBona took the keynote stage at the LinuxCon conference here on Sept. 16 with a key message: Android is open source. DiBona plays a key role at Google in helping to make sure that his company does right by the open-source community and is compliant with open-source licensing requirements.

IBM Pledges $1 Billion for Linux on Power

Today at the LinuxCon conference, IBM announced that it is investing another billion dollars in Linux, but this time its aims are significantly more narrow than they were in 1999. Instead of investing in Linux as a whole, IBM PowerLinux IBM's new investment is specifically targeted at Linux on IBM's Power server architecture.

Linuxcon: Is the Future of OpenDaylight about Applications?

OpenDaylight was first officially announced in April of this year as a multi-stakeholder effort to build open source SDN infrastructure.

Linuxcon: Intel Uses Open Source, OpenStack Cloud to Its Advantage

In a keynote presentation Sept 18 at the LinuxCon conference here, Dirk Hohndel, chief Linux and open-source technologist at Intel, detailed why open source is important to Intel for development and for the cloud.

Intel: The year of the Linux desktop is here

Thanks to Android on smartphones and tablets, plus the rise of Chromebooks, Intel sees Linux as the leading end-user operating system.

Nvidia aims Tegra 4 design at $199 Android tablets

Nvidia announced a reference design for 7-inch Android tablets using its ARM Cortex-A15-based Tegra 4 system-on-chip, which could show up in sub-$200 slates by year’s end.

Did Apple copy Android in iOS 7?

A project of the Open Invention Network, Software Freedom Law Center, and Linux Foundation, Linux Defenders examines the 6,000 new patent applications published each week, attempting to identify those that are potentially threatening to Linux and open source.

Samsung Tizen and LG Firefox OS phones coming soon?

Following the appearance of leaked photos showing Tizen 3.0 running on Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 phone, new rumors say the upcoming Galaxy S 5 smartphone will be available in both Android and Tizen versions.

OpenStack Grows Cloud Training Marketplace

Strong demand for the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is fueling new efforts to get IT professionals trained and certified.

***** Snippets

Open Source PostgreSQL 9.3 Wraps Up Data

Fedora 20 Release Schedule

More Changes Afoot at KDE

Wayland vs. Mir: Intel, Ubuntu 13.10 Display Server Debate Surfaces

Pear OS 8 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Testing

Intel Says No to Ubuntu's New Display Server

How to use ActiveMQ with a language other than Java

VirtualBox 4.3 Beta 2 Fixes Ubuntu 13.04 3D Desktop Rendering Issues

PostgresSQL: The Other big open-source database has a new release

Audacity 2.0.4 released

Red Hat releases new cloud-friendly Red Hat Storage

Red Hat Delivers Updated Software, Developer Toolset

Freeware: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Thunderbird 24 Is Days Away, Mozilla Gets Back To Work

Open Source Cloud: Video Roundtable

How to choose the best Linux server for your business

Semplice Linux 5 Will Protect You from NSA

Are Linux gamers rude and nasty to developers?

Wireless Aside, Cr OS Linux Delivers the Best of Two Worlds

GParted 0.16.2 Will Be Released on September 18

WordPress Updates Open-Source Blogging Platform for Security

Pivotal CEO Maritz Teases 'Linux For The Cloud'

Linux Kernel 3.12 Will Be Named Suicidal Squirrel

Three Ways to Improve Your Android's Lock Screen Security

Open source under the lens of an intellectual property lawyer

LinuxCon 2013 Preview

Fedora 20 Delayed for December 3

Who Writes Linux in 2013?

New Bodhi Linux Arrives after Six Months with New Schedule

Linux Kernel 3.10.12 Is Now Available for Download

The Elementary Linux Desktop

Keeping your Red Hat Enterprise Linux current

Linux Graphics News

Couchbase open source data store goes mobile

First Alpha for FreeBSD 10 Released

Mozilla Updates Firefox 24 With 17 Security Advisories

Linux development by the numbers: big and getting bigger

Bossies 2013: The Best of Open Source Software Awards

Linux Development: 7 Surprising Facts About Who Writes Linux

What Should You Expect from GNOME 3.10

IBM and Linux: The next billion dollars

Linux 3.12 rc1

How Xen Virtualization Got Its Zen Back: LinuxCon

The team that built the KVM hypervisor has a new OS for the cloud

Linux evangelists: Every time you build a client-server app, the Internet dies a little bit

When people freely share, it makes things better for everyone

First Beta of openSUSE 13.1 Is Available for Download

The Ferengi are bad examples for open-source community management

LinuxCon: OpenZFS moves Open Source Storage Forward

Red Hat Expands Virtualization Options With Open-Source Docker

Pear OS 8 Linux Distribution Will Be Inspired by iOS 7

LinuxCon: Vampire mice and zombie hard drives -- USB dangers lurk in Linux

Slackware 14.1 on Its Way

Wine Testing: Does The D3D Patch Boost Performance?

Linux Seeks Help From More (And More Diverse) Coders
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