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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 #502 Period ending 30 September 2013

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More on Valve's CEO predicting Linux being the future of gaming, including announcements of the Linux based SteamOS/SteamEngine. Apparently it's the 30 year anniversary of the initiation of the GNU project.

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***** Government/Policy

Open-source platform gains popularity in government

So popular has a little-known open-source program become within federal government agencies that there is now a shortage of expertise in Canberra.

Humanitarian Toolbox to Deliver Open Software for Good Causes

The Humanitarian Toolbox is characterized as an initiative to "help bring the expertise and good will of the software development community to the humanitarian world. "

Teach kids about copyright: a list of resources from Creative Commons

This message is way too simple. In this digital age, the most important thing we should be teaching kids is to be creative and take full advantage of all the web has to offer.

***** Applications/Gadgets

Microsoft Launches BrowserSwarm Open-Source JavaScript Testing Tool

Microsoft teamed with appendTo and Sauce Labs to launch BrowserSwarm, a new open-source tool for testing JavaScript frameworks and libraries.

Home automation device runs Linux on BeagleBone

Starting in early October, Ninja Blocks will ship another 1,000 units of its redesigned open source Linux based home automation device kit.

Linux-based underwater robot goes faster, longer

The OpenROV project began shipping version 2. 5 of its Linux-based, $849 underwater robot kit.

Half-Life: Source Now Out Of Beta For Linux

While Steam's store doesn't actually list a Linux icon for it, Valve announced on the official community hub for Half-Life: Source that it's now available for Linux.

Open ARM SBC adds Firefox OS support

The Via Technologies APC project announced the availability of a preview release of Firefox OS for its $99 APC Paper mini-PC and similar $79 APC Rock single-board computer.

***** Reports

SteamOS: The Linux for games is coming

Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve and its Steam game platform, wasn't kidding when he said at LinuxCon in New Orleans that "Linux is the future of gaming. " Valve is releasing, in advance of the expected announcement of its SteamBox Linux-powered gaming console, its own Linux for gamers: SteamOS.

New crowdfunding platform targets Drupal development

A new crowdfunding platform – Drupalfund – is intended to make it easier to contribute to Drupal and accelerate development work on the open source content platform, according to Jozef Toth.

Sharpen Your OpenStack Cloud Skills with Linux Hotshots

Since then, Rackspace has announced its first on-demand e-learning training course and a number of new classroom course focused on OpenStack. And, a very exhaustive new roundup of resources for OpenStack learning is now online.

Red Hat: Big bucks, big Linux

This meant that Red Hat's earnings per share (EPS) of 0. 35 was two cents higher than analyst estimates.

7 ways your company can support open source

So how best to support open source? Here are seven ways your company can strengthen the open source projects you depend on:

Cyanogen: Helping to unify Android

What CyanogenMod brings to the table isn't a better Android fork. Instead, it brings up-to-date versions of Android to users who resent behind left with older versions by their carriers and device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Fanless Pico-ITX SBC runs Linux on Atom E6xx

Axiomtek says the tiny PICO822 SBC is aimed at space-constrained embedded applications such as vehicle PCs, medical imaging, in-flight entertainment systems, industrial automation systems, and portable devices.

Red Hat Expands Platform-as-a-Service Cloud for Developers

OpenShift is Red Hat's PaaS platform, and a cartridge is how Red Hat defines a unit of technology capability within the PaaS.

Nvidia starts coughing up documention for Linux

Using an Nvidia graphics card on a Linux system involves making a choice between a unified, proprietary kernel driver supported by Nvidia itself, or the open-source nouveau driver for users of legacy cards or those wishing to have a pure, untainted open-source operating system and kernel.

OpenFeint successor OpenKit goes live with 10 developers building truly social games

OpenKit, the open-source platform for adding social features to mobile games, has gone live, with 10 developers using it in their mobile games on iOS and Android.

EMC Says Pivotal, Open Source Startup, Will Go Public

Pivotal, which leverages open source technology, is a VMware (VMW) spin-out that could influence so-called software defined data centers.

What 30 Years of GNU Means to You

Thirty years ago today Richard Stallman announced his plans to build GNU in a post to the net. unix-wizards mailing list.

IBM's Linux investment signals move into cloud and big data market

Last week, IBM made an announcement relating to further investment in Linux technology. This investment is for $1billion (USD) and has some key components.

Open source programs to get more kids to code

At OSCON this year, Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus gave a talk called How To Get More Kids To Code. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of The Art of Community by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch.

***** Snippets

Mozilla Resets for Firefox 25 and 26

Top 5 Video Editors for Ubuntu/Linux

An inside look at SUSE's recruitment process

MySQL - A controversial dual licensing model

Happy 10th Birthday, Fedora!

MySQL community manager keeps watchful eye on database industry

Ubuntu Touch stable Nexus release due Oct. 17

Observations from this year's NSA Open Source Industry Day

Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

The legacy of open source and the tide of progress

Suricata 1.4.6 released!

From Windows to Ubuntu - A success story

New KScreen Mock-ups Spark Conversation

GNOME 3.12 Will Integrate Systemd, Zimbra, Wayland Port

VIDEO: Fedora Linux Turns 10: What's Next?

Interesting facts about Fedora Linux

Infoblox's Tapestry open-source tool sizes up network complexity

GNOME 3.10 Introduces Its Own Software Center

Red Hat brings JBoss middleware to PaaS cloud

How to Beautify Your Linux Desktop with Pacifica Icons

GNOME 3.10 Updates the Open Source Linux Desktop

Installable keyboards are an Android Advantage

Google Patchfield Open-Source Android Audio Library

See What's New In GNOME 3.10

Fedora Linux 20 Gears Up To be a Big Data Server

18 Open Source/Commercial Control Panels to Manage Linux Servers

MATE 1.8 and Cinnamon 2.0 Confirmed for Linux Mint 16

Dell Still Does Ubuntu Amid Microsoft Loan, Windows 8.1

Should Linux users consider buying a Mac?

Download Ubuntu 13.10 Beta, Powered by Linux Kernel 3.11

GNOME 3.10 Gets an Overhaul: Top 10 New Features

Linux 3.12 rc3

Those cool iOS 7 features? Android does that too

Open source snapshot: GhostBSD

The Medibuntu Project Comes To An End
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