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The debate over licensing, evolution and artificial intelligence…

…are all covered in this week’s compendium of open source news!

Death of OSS licensing dead or in its prime?

Recently, technology writer Matt Asay wrote an article in InfoWorld heralding the death of open source licensing.  OSI president Simon Phipps fired back by declaring open source licensing more important than ever.  Phipps sates that using a (preferably OSI approved) licensed project is especially important in cases of distributed and commercial development.   Read the rest of Phipps’ argument at InfoWorld, or read our thoughts on the subject here

 

Open source Darwinism pays off

Evolution works by selecting the strongest species to survive while others perish. The same can be said for open source — for every successful open source project, there are thousands that have failed.  So what’s the next evolutionary step after your open source project has gained dominance?  Convert to a dual-license model, (if you goal is to make money from the project). Read about the ups and downs of some dual-licensed projects at the New York Times

 

Open source toddler

If you find the idea of raising a human child a little to challenging, you could try your hand at a robotic one. Researchers from the France-based Inria Flowers Lab have released a 3D printable humanoid robot named Poppy.  The group released everything you need to build the primitive (toddler-like) robot including CAD files and the control software under a Creative Commons license.  So, if you’ve got a few days (and around $12k) to spare you can find everything you need to get started on your own Poppy farm here, or read more at Design Engineering

 

Psychic machines

The open source machine-learning platform PredictionIO has just raised $2.5 million in funding, which will help bring the platform to the wider open source community.  The company hopes to give organizations of all sizes access to automated data interpretation and prediction platforms, which have traditionally been reserved to those who can either a) afford expensive closed source options or b) take the time to develop their own machine-learning code in house.   Couple that with those Poppy toddlers in previous story, and wow! Read more at The VAR Guy.

 

Hacking the browser

Breech, a new open source browser launched earlier this month, is completely customizable – so customizable in fact that when you launch the browser it has no functionality.  Unlike other browsers that allow the development third party plugins for extra functionality, Breech is customizable right down to the navigation and display.  This could bring some innovative new ideas to increasingly stale browsers.  Read more here or start hacking here.

 

Open source standards released in the UK

As part of its plan to migrate towards open source software, the UK government has announced that PDF/A or HTML for viewing government documents, and Open Document Format (ODF) for sharing or collaborating on government documents are now standard.  By moving towards open source the UK hopes to spur innovation and, of course, save money. Read more at Public Technology.

 

For our German readers…

We recently had an article on package pre-approval published (in German) in Elektroniknet.  We also have a webinar on managing open source security vulnerabilities (also in German) coming up.  You can register here.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.

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