Thursday, January 19, 2006


I'm continuing on the smorgasbord theme of grouping news items. "Smorgasbord" is simply a great word. As the word rolls off my tongue, I immediately think of the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show. Then I think about a real Swedish smorgasbord with the awesome pickled fish, cold cuts, and cheese. What a great concept for a buffet.

Anyway, here are various open source news items. Some as of today and others from weeks ago.

"New open-source license targets DRM, Hollywood"

The new version of the most widely used open-source license takes a "highly aggressive" stance against the digital rights management software that's widely favored in the entertainment industry, said Eben Moglen, general counsel for the Free Software Foundation.

"Open Source or Closed Source?"
Great post by Brad Feld. Especially since this will be a discussion the GoingOn team will be having later this year.

"Nessus 3.0: The End of the Age of Open-Source Innocence?"
"Here's the danger we are running into," said Alan Shimel, Chief Strategy Officer for StillSecure. "People contribute resources to these communities, whether it be time, money, or code. When they see everything they give converted for the commercial success of an individual rather than as a community as a whole, how long do you think they are going to want to keep giving?"

"Does Open-Source Software Make The FCC Irrelevant?"
Columbia Law School Professor Eben Moglen wants to destroy the Federal Communications Commission. Not as some kind of terrorist act, but because technology is rapidly making it irrelevant.

The agency might have made sense in the 1920s, Moglen says, when it was formed to assign specific frequencies to broadcasters so they wouldn’t try to drown each other out by cranking up the transmitter power. But a new generation of intelligent radios, combined with equally clever computer networks, is making it possible for anybody to use the airwaves without interfering with anybody else.
(full article)

"Open Source Documentary Development"

If artists can assemble operating systems and computer hardware via an open source model why can t artists assemble open source movies

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