links for 2007-01-31

Adobe e i brevetti sul PDF Adobe ha aggiunto una ‘covenant not to sue’ alla decisione di passare le specifiche di PDF a ISO. Da analizzare. (tags: iso adobe standards pdf software+patents patents)

Ancora contraddizioni in OOXML

Lo chiamano standard, ma non lo è, evidentemente. Le specifiche di OOXML, il formato del nuovo Office, implementabile solo da Microsoft, fanno riferimento al registro proprio di Windows per definire le dimensioni della pagina. Sul blog openmalaysia si legge che: le sezioni 3.3.1.61 (pagina 2770) e 3.3.1.62 (pagina 2774) […] definiscono l’attributo ‘paperSize’. Questo valore…

links for 2007-01-30

Red Hat to open source its Network product Red Hat sta per rilasciare la sua piattaforma di management. (tags: redhat free+software+business) Open Source Unleashed: Successful commercial open source Consigli su come gestire un’impresa di software libero (Free Software Business) (tags: free+software+business howto) PlexNex: MOOXML Paper Sizes are Non-Standard Un’altra contraddizione nel formato di Microsoft OOXML.…

Why eZ Publish?

A new fellow asked on the forum why we picked eZ Publish. I have answered there, but I think it’s better to repeat it also here for all the Planet readers.

FSFE chose eZ Publish because we needed a system that was not only
flexible and easy to deploy but that was fully supported.  We ran tests
with other CMS, but none convinced us fully until we were offered by eZ
Systems not only the software eZ Publish but also one of their
programmer to assist us in all customizations.  eZ Systems also added on top of that a support contract.  So, the software fit our needs, eZ Publish is Free Software
released under the GNU GPL and we had a developer available for customization
plus a support contract.  It was the best offer we received .

As a good side effect, since
FSFE and eZ Systems started this collaboration, eZ released almost all
of their software under the GNU GPL, and we are very happy about this. 
Some of their software is still under non-free licenses and we are not
so happy.  But the cooperation proved to be good for Free Software and
we will keep helping them do the right thing and become a fully free business.

Let me add that paying
for free software is not a sin, but until today FSFE didn’t pay a
dime
.  We will probably decide to invest into the development of the
portal during 2007 to add the collaboration
features we need for the Advocacy groups that are starting to form. But
we haven’t taken any decision yet.

Gen Kanai weblog: the cost of monoculture

La storia incredibile della Corea del Sud e la sua dipendenza da Microsoft Internet Explorer per tutto ciò che riguarda Internet e le comunicazioni cifrate.’  Da leggere per capire perché gli open standard sono importanti per l’economia di una nazione. Gen Kanai weblog: the cost of monoculture

Panico per BlueJ

BlueJ è uno strumento sviluppato dalle Università  di Kent e Deadkin per insegnare la programmazione ad oggetti.’  In altri termini è un IDE per Java rilasciato come software libero. A conferma che le innovazioni avvengono da un’altra parte, il product manager di Visual C# ha annunciato di aver introdotto una novità  nel prodotto Microsoft (Object…

Advocacy groups are starting to form

I have good news today: there are two Fellows that are activating Advocacy in Italy and Austria.  Madero has been working to adapt the Advocacy Project document in Italian and to the school he knows best.  Cristian is doing pretty much the same thing in Austria, although he didn’t use the name ‘advocacy’ (Disclaimer: I don’t read German very well).

I am going to help Madero setup the Italian advocacy group because he lives in the same city where I live. I would also like to help Cristian, but my German is not up to the task.  We can all discuss on the mailing list discussions at lists.fsfe.org or on the forum, whatever you prefer.

Linux Foundation: fusione o scalata?

Alfonso mi chiede un parare sulla fusione tra Free Standards Group e Open Source Development Labs: fusione amichevole o scalata ostile? Progresso o regresso? IMHO è solo un passaggio evolutivo: OSDL ha esaurito il suo compito (promuovere il kernel Linux nel mercato enterprise) e aveva già  annunciato una ristrutturazione negli scopi, focalizzandosi sugli aspetti legali.…

links for 2007-01-23

The innovation opportunity of open source Oltre il TCO: TIO, Total Innovation Opportunity (tags: TCO free+software+business) 10 reasons not to get Vista | APC Magazine Fatti un’opinione informata: con vista voglio la casa, non il computer 🙂 (tags: vista microsoft drm)